By: Kayla Reyes
The long-running PBS kids series Arthur premiered its first episode of season 22 and to everyone’s surprise Mr. Ratburn is marrying a man!
The episode is titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” and when Arthur and his friends from class find out their teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is getting married they decide to snoop around to find his bride to be. Arthur and his friends attend the wedding assuming Mr. Ratburn is marrying Patty, but the kids soon learn that Patty is his sister! “If Patty is his sister,” Arthur begins “then who is Mr. Ratburn marrying?” Muffy finishes.
The episode then cuts to Mr. Ratburn walking down with his soon-to-be husband Patrick. As Patrick passes the kids, he gives them a wink and smiles on his way to the altar.
It is very important to add moments in television about characters coming out and same sex marriage. Television shows should continuously keep up with the culture and what is going on in society. It is just as important to show gay couples as it is to show straight couples. The premiere episode of Mr. Ratburn marrying a man definitely makes the show more diverse and that is needed in the industry today.
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