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Alabama Won’t Air The Gay Wedding On ‘Arthur’ But Couldn’t Resist Legislating Your Uterus

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Like seriously Alabama, where are your priorities?

Though not all in Alabama were celebrating the decision.

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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!

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Seriously, Alabama, come on! It’s 2019 and the world is changing. Get. With. It.

READ: Univision Makes History, Announces First Telenovela That Will Star Gay Couple In Leading Role

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

Fans of the hit NBC comedy Superstore may have been disappointed when it was announced that the series would be cancelled after its sixth season, but there’s good news! The series is going to get a Spanish-language version for international audiences and it will be part of a major expansion for the series. 

The show was well-known for tackling important social issues, particularly around immigration. And a Spanish-language adaptation, particularly one produced out of Mexico, will undoubtedly present an equally interesting take on immigration.

NBC comedy Superstore is getting a Spanish-language adaptation.

Although Superstore is coming to an end on NBC, and will no longer feature America Ferrera, fans of the hit series should celebrate that it’s getting a Spanish-language redo. The show, which focused on the lives of employees at a fictional big box store called Cloud 9 in Missouri, premiered in 2015 and ran for six seasons, with its sixth season set to end on March 25.

“Superstore is a bold workplace comedy with a beating heart, known for its courage to tackle important societal issues,” said Enrique Guillen, executive VP of commercial strategy and international development for Universal Studio Group. “We are grateful to partner with Dopamine to adapt Justin Spitzer’s acclaimed comedy and one of Universal Television’s biggest success stories. This pact to co-produce our valuable IP in a foreign language is the first of many such deals to come.”

The new adaptation is being made under the working title Supertitlan and has received an 48-episode order and will be adapted in Spanish for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. 

Superstore has remained one of the most popular shows at NBC in its prime. As Variety points out, the Justin Spitzer-created comedy drew in 37 million viewers during its Season 5 run from 2019 to 2020.

And it’s getting a major expansion.

 The Spanish-language adaptation already has a season one order of 48 episodes with each episode coming in at an hour long. For a series that originally consisted of 20 episodes of 30 minutes, that’s a major expansion for the show. For fans of the show, that’s a whole lot more Superstore to look forward to.

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

Say the word “Selena,” and your mind is probably filled with the opening beats of “Como La Flor,” the Tejano singer’s famous ballad. Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has been explored in acclaimed movies, podcasts, documentaries, and now, a Netflix show. The first part of Selena: The Series premiered on December 4 and is guaranteed a second season.

But what do we know about part two of the series?

Selena: The Series is reigniting interest in our beloved Selena like never before but what’s next for the series?

Selena: The Series covers the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, so how does Netflix’s narrative compare to the true story? Crucially, the first nine episodes only cover the first 20 years of the subject’s life, which means that Selena part 2 will focus on Selena’s evolution into a Tejano superstar before her tragic 1995 death.

Part 1 of the Netflix series addresses the most relevant events, and tweaks certain facts for dramatic purposes. It’s also being met with mixed responses from both critics and viewers alike. But one thing is certain, the series is helping introduce an entirely new generation to the life of one of Latin music’s biggest stars.

The second season has already wrapped filming and it will focus on a very different part of Selena’s life.

Ever since the project was announced, it was confirmed that it would be a two-part limited series. As viewers already know, part one consisted on nine episodes, but it’s unclear how many will make up the second part.

The initial season has largely focused on the 1990 release of Selena’s album, Ven Conmigo, and her family’s discovery of her secret relationship with Pérez.

The next season will likely feature the release of Selena’s first English-language album and her 1992 elopement to Chris before her death and her ill-fated meeting with Yolanda Saldívar (Natasha Perez), the woman responsible for her 1995 murder.

Netflix has yet to confirm when viewers can expect the conclusion of Selena. However, Serratos confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that production had already wrapped—no COVID-19 delays here! Considering that timeline, season 2 could premiere in the first half of 2021. Worth noting: April 16, 2021 would’ve been Selena Quintanilla’s 50th birthday, an event that may be tied to the season’s release.

Season 2 Selena will be “more of the icon.” 

For all of its flaws, the first season of Selena: The Series has helped introduce a new generation to the iconic Latina. And it’s given viewers an introduction to part of the singer not everyone was familiar with. Fans have explored Selena’s childhood and her introduction to music.

But season 2 will focus more on the singer’s megastardom, according to Serratos. “The first part was nerve-racking because there was less footage for me to base my performance on. But at the same time it was more relaxed, because I got more liberty. People don’t know that version of Selena very much,” she told OprahMag.com. “Our second part we’re going to see a lot more of the icon. I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure.”

It doesn’t look like there will be any major changes to the cast for part two.

It looks like much of the same cast from part one will also be featured in part two of the series. The ensemble includes Serratos as Selena, Chavira as Abraham, Posey as Chris, Seidy Lopez as Selena’s mother Marcella, Noemi Gonzalez as Selena’s sister and drummer Suzette, and Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother and producer A.B. Natasha Perez’s Yolanda will also play a larger role in season 2 as she gets closer to Selena’s life and business. 

Moisés Zamora (American Crime) returns as the series creator, writer, and executive producer alongside producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, and Simran A. Singh. Members of the real-life Quintanilla family are also involved with both seasons as executive producers, including Abraham and Suzette.

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