The cartoon rat Mr. Ratburn married a gay male aardvark on the long-running PBS series Arthur this week, and conservatives are outraged, accusing the show of seeking to “glorify the homosexual lifestyle.” Former Donald Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka hysterically referred to the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” as a “war for our culture.”
One Million Moms, which over the years has been offended by everything from Ellen DeGeneres being named a spokesperson for the retailer JCP to the TV series The Fosters (about lesbian moms raising foster, adopted, and biological kids), has kicked off a petition demanding that PBS remove Arthur's gay wedding episode.
“When Mr. Ratburn walks down the aisle, he is arm-in-arm with a man. Both grooms grin and all the guests smile in celebration of the same sex marriage.The third-grade students are happy for their newlywed teacher,” One Million Moms wrote in summation of the plot. “Their praises further normalize and glorify the gay marriage.”
The group has demanded that PBS pull the episode or else face the consequences that they will not allow their children to watch the network. The petition reads:
“Discussion of such controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to parents. PBS Kids should not introduce this to young children. Just because an issue may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. PBS Kids should stick to entertaining and providing family-friendly programming, instead of pushing an agenda.
“I am outraged that PBS Kids would use their children’s network to promote same sex marriage. It is offensive to me and my family that the network would glorify the homosexual lifestyle. Until PBS Kids agrees to no longer air this episode ‘Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,’ or others with same sex couples, then conservative families including my own will have no choice but to discontinue watching PBS Kids Network, even avoiding previews, commercials, and reruns. Therefore, my family will not be able to allow PBS Kids in our home.”
Meanwhile, Fox News commentator Gorka sent out what he calls an SOS (Save Our Society) flare on his Salem Radio Network show.
“That’s been the left from Robespierre to Trotsky to Marcuse to Alinsky to Clinton to Obama to today. Civil society doesn’t exist, friendship doesn’t exist, family doesn’t exist — only permanent revolution,” Gorka said, according to The Washington Post. “Have you seen what I’ve posted on my twitter feed, with regards to family? Arthur is a children’s cartoon. I think it’s actually made with your money, PBS.”
“My children used to watch Arthur 15 years ago, about a rodent-like creature that lived and had fun in his cartoon world. The new season of Arthur will have one of Arthur’s teachers at school, a male teacher, married to a fellow male rodent.”
“Did you have any questions about there being a culture war, ladies and gentlemen?” Gorka added. “Did you have any doubt in your mind? This is a war for our culture, and that’s why we exist here, on America First, on the Salem Radio Network.”