Alabama Public Television refuses to air two gay cartoon animals getting married

This is not the kind of change Neil Young was referring to when he sang, “Southern change gonna come at last” in his 1970 anthem “Southern Man.”

While the rest of the country aired the Season 22 premier of “Arthur,” which included the same-sex wedding of two cartoon animals, Alabama Public Television instead decided to go with a less-controversial rerun.

This is the South, after all.

In the same-sex wedding episode, children attending the wedding applauded the fact that Mr. Ratburn was becoming a husband to a husband.

For APT, to show it would amount to a breach of trust, apparently.

“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” the APT told “More importantly, although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards, parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision.”

With many still raw about Alabama recently banning abortions even in cases of rape and incest, the APT’s decision to shelve the episode immediately went viral, drawing another huge outpouring across social media.

Some applauded the move:

But most just continued the rant that began after the abortion ban:

And, of course, there’s a petition to change the Alabama state flag to “a glorious image of Mr. Ratburn’s wedding.”

More than 4,000 signatures have been tallied.

“I for one think that in this dark hopeless world of ours a cartoon rat and a cartoon aardvark getting married is goddamn beautiful,” writes Alex Hirsch, who started the petition this week. “Instead of clenching our yellow-sweater-cuffed fists in silent fury, let’s band together and solve this problem.”

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