Popular and long-running children’s television show Arthur has set a new milestone for itself by opening its 22nd season with the marriage of a same-sex couple.
Mr. Ratburn is the gay icon I never knew I needed pic.twitter.com/wp4o5TLr1p
— Andrea Cee (@extraspicee) May 13, 2019
In the episode, Arthur and his classmates grow curious over who their third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, was about to wed and decided to investigate. They are surprised to find out when they crash Mr. Ratburn’s wedding in the end that his supposed “bride-to-be” is actually a chocolatier named Patrick.
The show became the talk of the Internet soon afterward with many praising the show for its inclusivity.
“Did Arthur really have a gay marriage and I missed it? That’s so freaking cool y’all,” one Twitter use gushed.
DID ARTHUR REALLY HAVE A GAY MARRIAGE AND I MISSED IT? THAT’S SO FREAKING COOL Y’ALL
— joshua rush (@JoshuaRush) May 14, 2019
Meanwhile, another said, “Arthur is in its 22nd season, meaning children have been watching a show with a gay character for the last 22 years and it wasn’t a problem. Now for more LGBTQ characters in children’s shows.”
Arthur is in its 22nd season, meaning children have been watching a show with a gay character for the last 22 years and it wasn’t a problem. Now for more LGBTQ characters in children’s shows. https://t.co/RF8fwm0EwM
— Kentington Clarke 🔮 (@KentingtonC) May 15, 2019
Many others also quoted a line said in the show, “Well, I hope love wins out,” and shared artwork inspired by the couple.
🌸Well, I hope love wins out🌸
I actually watched Arthur as a kid, and find it amazing that they made ratburn gay.
— BlackEyedDove (@BlackEyedDove) May 15, 2019
Arthur is a children’s show aimed towards kids aged four to eight years old. The episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” marks another victory for LGBT+ representation in media, especially to younger audiences.
What do you think about this iconic moment in “Arthur”?