'Arthur' Character Mr. Ratburn Has Gay Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoon

Mr. Ratburn Comes Out As Gay In New ‘Arthur’ Ep & What A Wonderful Kind Of Day

Many took to social media to celebrate the fictitious union, dubbing Mr. Ratburn as a bonafide "gay icon".

In the episode aired on PBS KIDS, the famous aardvark initially believes his strict, cake-loving teacher Mr. Ratburn is tying the knot with a woman named Patty.

The episode does not overtly label Mr. Ratburn as "gay" much like another episode of an Arthur spinoff show, Postcards From Buster, that featured gay characters. In the episode, Buster meets a number of children whose moms were lesbians.

Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone, aired on May 13, 2019, and saw Arthur and his friends attend the wedding of their goofy and charismatic third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn.

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The word "gay" isn't actually used in the episode but the gang visit the wedding where they are pleased to see that their teacher is happy. They decide that marrying her will make Mr. Ratburn miserable, which will then make his students miserable, so they set off to nip the nuptials in the bud. They later find out that Patty is Mr. Ratburn's sister and that Mr. Ratburn is walking down the aisle with his male partner.

But the kids chicken out when they get to the wedding and don't stand up to object to the marriage.

Mr. Ratburn enjoyed his first dance with his husband.

"Omg I'm crying Mr. Ratburn got married!". However, there are plenty of people freaking out online because they just aren't feeling the idea of a gay character in a kid's TV show.

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