Children in Alabama won’t be watching the groundbreaking episode of “Arthur,” at least not on any of the states PBS affiliates.
Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air the Season 22 premiere of the hit kids show because it lovingly features a same-sex marriage.
Sorry, Alabama, you’re missing out.
PBS affiliates in Alabama didn’t join in with the 8-year-old aardvark and his friends as they celebrated their instructor’s nuptials, refusing to air the episode. The network said they would “violate” their audience’s trust if they were to air it.
The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” shows Arthur and his pals’ beloved teacher getting married to another man. The kids initially think Mr. Ratburn is marrying a woman, another rat, but she turns out to be Mr. Ratburn’s sister. Instead, he marries an aardvark named Patrick.
So Alabama, this is how you should have reacted.
Because 100% same! It’s 2019, I’m in my 30s, and I’m just finding out that Mr. Ratburn is gay?!
Or maybe like this considering discrimination towards same-sex couples is an actual threat.
Even though same-sex marriage is legal even in Alabama. Although the state’s former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore was removed from his post for trying to circumvent marriage equality in 2016.
But apparently, this isn’t the first time Alabama stole “Arthur” from kids.
I mean it almost seems like PBS in Alabama just doesn’t want Alabama to know that gay people exist…
I mean even conservative news hosts are coming out and putting Alabama on blast for this ridiculous decision.
Like real talk: you know things are bad when conservatives pundits come out to support a same-sex marriage between a rat and an aardvark.
Many on Twitter were quick to point out what I think many of us are already thinking:
This would at least help explain some of the insanity coming out of the state over the last few months.
But some were a bit more blunt.
I mean this news is coming from Alabama which just made it a law so that a raped 11-year-old girl could have to carry a pregnancy to term. WTF?
Like this is the state that just took away a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
The banning of the “Arthur” episode is just another incident in a troubling pattern of attacking people’s rights.
The Alabama abortion law wasn’t just an attack on women but women of color in particular. Latinas are more than twice as likely as non-POC to seek an abortion for reasons ranging from economic insecurity to racism and reduced opportunities.
Some on Twitter couldn’t help but point out the shocking irony in this latest news out of the state.
Like seriously Alabama, where are your priorities?
Though not all in Alabama were celebrating the decision.
Thankfully, not everyone in Alabama supported the homophobic move. And to each of you, know that you can still stream the episode online!
And thank you to this Twitter user who clapped back at a state that seems to be turning its back on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, male!
Seriously, Alabama, come on! It’s 2019 and the world is changing. Get. With. It.
The country of Costa Rica just got a whole hell of a lot more bright and colorful.
On Tuesday, the Central American country became the first to legally recognize same-sex marriage. In a post to his Twitter account, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada wrote in celebration of the day saying, “Today we celebrate liberty, equality, and our democratic institutions. May empathy and love be the compass that guide us forward and allow us to move forward and build a country that has room for everyone.”
The decision to ensure marriage equality came at the hands of an August 2018 ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court.
The decision ruled that laws preventing same-sex marriage were incongruent with the country’s constitution and therefore unconstitutional. After officially recognizing same-sex marriages, Costa Rican couples celebrated by holding weddings overnight.
“Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country – the first one in Central America!” the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World) wrote in a Twitter post. “We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!”
The Human Rights Campaign also celebrated the ruling while highlighting the need to ensure marriage equality around the world.
“Today, Costa Rica has made history, bringing marriage equality to Central America for the first time,” HRC President Alphonso David about the new lin in a statement according to CNN. “Costa Rica’s LGBTQ community has worked tirelessly for years to make today a reality. This victory is theirs, and it inspires the entire global LGBTQ community to continue fighting to move equality forward.”
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Another Disney reunion occurred this week and it included your one true favorites Lizzie McGuire, Miranda, and Gordo.
On Monday, Hillary Duff shared a 44 minute “Lizzie McGuire” reunion featuring one of the series’ most memorable moments.
In a caption to her Instagram post, Duff shared that she had virtually reconnected with her former costars for an online table read of the series’ “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode. According to People magazine, the episode was aired on the Disney Channel 19 years ago.
“LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!” Duff wrote in a caption for the clip. “Some fun for you this Monday! Hope you guys have fun watching this! We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us…this is the first time we were all “together-ish” in almost 18 years! This week marks the 19th anniversary of this episode ‘Between a Rock and a Bra Place!’ Do excuse our delayed singing…we will be taking singing lessons as a group to work on our craft!!”
The reunion included some of your favorite Lizzie McGuire characters.
Joining in on the fun was Adam Lamberg (AKA Gordo), Lalaine, (Lizzie’s BFF Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate) and Davida Williams (Claire).
“I truly believe that this show was magical, and everyone that was a part of it created that … and made this show mean so much to so many people,” Duff said following the table read. “I think we’re all very grateful to have experienced that.”
If you don’t remember, the”Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode was the one in which Lizzie and Miranda wanted “a BRA!!”
The episode followed Lizzie and Miranda attempting to be cool by convincing their parents to order them bras while Gordo helped Lizzie’s younger brother Matt enter a contest to become Jet Li’s sidekick in a movie.
No doubt the highlight of this reunion was getting to see Lelaine back in action!
Her role as Mexican-American Miranda Sanchez might not have been the titular lead of “Lizzie McGuire” but she was undoubtedly the character with the most heart, wit, and lessons. Here’s a look at the character who brought all the realness to Disney channel’s best show.
1. That time she dealt with body dysmorphia.
In the episode “Inner Beauty” Miranda struggles with her self-image after seeing a photo of herself. The whole episode ended up sending Miranda into an unhealthy tailspin so bad that she…
2. She tried to deal with her body dysmorphia by not eating and explained why.
After wanting to make sure that she looked super skinny for a music video project Gordo was shooting, Miranda started skipping meals and nearly passed out during dance practice. After a sit down with her friends, Miranda spoke honestly about why she felt the way she did.
3. The time she didn’t get a Valentine’s Day card.
And gave the commercial holiday a great big middle finger and stuck out her tongue.
4. That time she predicted the future of all mean “cool kids.”
It was a bit harsh, but the moment, like most MIranda moments, did it’s job in making sure Lizzie always remembered where they were headed.
5. When she is reminded by Gordo that being grown-up is not that great.
Literally, never a truer word has been spoken. Because meanwhile the rest of us have to deal with taxes.
6. That time she was smarter than her art teacher
I mean really how many times have you sat in a class and wondered why you had to do something instead of dream about N’Sync.
7. And that time she totally nailed the feelings that come with growing up.
Yes, girl yes. This is the definition of growing up and out of your adolescence.
8. When she did spider braids before girls at Coachella.
And rocked so many other hair styles you wouldn’t dare to pull off. Remember her pom pom phase?
9. When she was all like “I’m stronger than the person you think I am.”
It’s hard being friends with someone who always gets to take center stage of your life, we get it Miranda. This episode of her sticking up for herself to her own BFF was so real.
10. When her side eye was so on point with Gordo.
Miranda’s side eye game was actually always so on point with Gordo. Those two had a rocky relationship and Miranda was always around to remind him to chill it.
11. When she was the best friend ever for building her friend up.
Even if it was the cheesiest chant ever and Lizzie acted selfish at times, Miranda was a great friend.
12. That time when Lizzie and Gordo went to Italy and she passed to chill in Mexico.
Fans of Miranda were super bummed to find Miranda nixed from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” but we got when we learned that she’d ditched the show to be with her family in Mexico.
13. When Lizzie overreacted about getting a bra and Miranda was like “chillll.”
That time, Lizzie decided that in order to be popular she needed a bra was the most important episode ever. Mostly because Miranda was mortified to find her friend was so shallow.
14. And that time when she was this honest with Lizzie about her outfit.
Every friend needs a BFF who will tell her truth about her outfit choice. While this one was forced upon Lizzie on a very important day, Miranda was not afraid to get real.
15. When, LBR, she brought better moves to that “Play” music video than Lizzie.
There’s a reason why they put Miranda in the front for this dance scene. And it has absolutely everything to do with Lizzie’s average moves ( sorry Lizzie!)
16. When she was too cool to hurt the environment
That faux leather and fur coat made the funky combination look just so damn good.
17. When she did the grunge look better than Lizzie
Lizzie’s style was always cute and fashion forward but Miranda always pushed the status-quo with her edge.
18. That time she was all about the rebelde.
Can you deny that this “rebel” shit was not the ultimate look of the series? Didn’t think so.
19. That time she freaked out after getting a B in class.
Miranda is every child of immigrants who did not come all of this way for their kid to get a B in class. Gordo might have been the self-proclaimed group of the squad’s trio but Miranda was undoubtedly the cool beans school star Gordo wanted to be.
20. The times her sense of humor was always better than everyone else.
“Where is Lizzie? She never misses lunch. It’s her favorite class!”
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