(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

gay cartoon characters everywhere!!!!
In the wake of the Spongebob vs. Dobson dust-up comes actual news: your Education Department has lodged a protest, and a successful one at that, against the existence of gay characters on the PBS Kids' show "Arthur"! It seems that, in one episode, there are some minor non-recurring characters who are l.....s. Can you believe it??? So naturally the Secretary of Education herself wrote a letter of protest, and naturally PBS caved in and announced they wouldn't distribute that episode any more.

What a world, what a world.

Disclosure: I think that "Arthur" is very boring, and that the character Buster, who is the one responsible for the introduction of the l......s, is extraordinarily annoying.

Story via the not-usually-this-interesting-but-has-its-moments DCist.

posted by sam 7:06 AM 2 comments


Came across this post via Washington Monthly. Glad you posted it. Kevin at Washington Monthly correctly noted a very significant thing about this story. This is the first official act of the new Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings.

Another minor comment: The show is actually "Postcards from Buster," which is a spin-off of "Arthur." I agree that the shows are kind of annoying, but I have a 2-year-old son, and these shows have a tendency to at least grow on me a little bit through repetition.

By Blogger Unknown, at 9:08 PM  

I can't for the life of me understand why Arthur is an aardvark.

He's got a flat little face and no nose. Aardvarks, not so much.

This has never made any sense to me, and I survived a couple of years of HM's DW mania.

By Blogger Julia, at 2:55 PM  

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