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The PBS cartoon Arthur is shockingly entering its 22nd season as one of the longest continuously running children’s shows on television. For those of you who didn’t grow up with it or aren’t being forced to watch PBS Kids regularly, the show is effectively a series of moral lessons about a group of kids growing up and handling different life events such as bullying, medical problems, friends moving away and how to deal with them. It’s a very gentle show and appropriate viewing material for young children.
That’s what’s made its recent premiere so surprising to a lot of people. In the season premiere episode, Mr. Ratburn and the special someone, the children in the show attend their 3rd-grade teacher’s wedding to discover that he’s marrying another man. The show’s reveal has been widely embraced by progressive media as a huge step forward in the continued representation of LGBTQ+ characters in popular media.
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I am curious as to what is rooting the decision from a creative standpoint. Usually, decisions like this are made for more cynical reasons for normalizing progressive norms in children at a young age. Usually, this takes the form of extremely cynical methods (IE: Captain Planet‘s diverse cast of one child of every race) or as...
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