Arthur is again for its 22nd season, and within the premiere, Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s third-grade trainer, marries a male character. Through the marriage ceremony, one of many college students exclaims, “It’s a model new world!”
The Twittersphere went nuts in response to the marriage:
Within the episode, titled, “Mr. Ratburn and the Particular Somebody,” Mr. Ratburn’s college students get him to confess that he’s getting married. They set out on a quest to be taught the id of his bride, solely to search out out that the girl they thought he was marrying is his sister. Arthur says at one level within the episode, “If Patty is his sister… then who’s Mr. Ratburn marrying?” At that time, Mr. Ratburn walks down the aisle along with his soon-to-be husband.
Whereas most Twitter customers had been rejoicing over the trainer popping out as homosexual, others had been stunned to be taught that the present was nonetheless on, to start with.
One consumer wrote, “I believe the most important shock about Mr. Ratburn from Arthur being homosexual is that I’m simply now discovering out that Arthur remains to be popping out with new episodes.”
Arthur, which is geared toward youngsters between years 4 and eight, aired its first episode in 1996. To this point, the present has broadcast 239 half-hour episodes.
Arthur could also be advocating for LGBTQ equality, and it joins an inventory of different fashionable children reveals with superior queer characters. In Journey Time, as Satisfaction factors out, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline share an attraction on the present, as do Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland on Gravity Falls. And who may neglect Clyde, who’s an adopted baby of an interracial homosexual couple on The Loud Home?
The sequence offers with a lot of vital matters. In 2011, Arthur got here out with an episode a couple of younger woman with diabetes named Corinne. Within the episode, she shares with viewers how conserving lively and consuming proper helps her keep match. The kids’s present has additionally handled points like bronchial asthma, most cancers, and autism spectrum dysfunction.
Arthur is without doubt one of the highest-rated reveals on PBC Youngsters and averages nearly 10 million viewers weekly within the US. It’s the longest-running youngsters’s animated sequence within the US.