PBS Kids Show Announces that Mr. Ratburn is Gay

It appears that Mr. Ratburn is gay.

Mr. Ratburn Came Out

PBS’ show ‘Arthur’ premiered its first episode of season 22 on May 13, and in the episode, they revealed that the beloved character of Mr. Ratburn, who is Arthur’s teacher, is gay and engaged.

The show surprised many fans when it revealed the major change for on it its characters. Season 22, episode 1 of the animated series  was titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,”

Arthur’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn is confirmed to be gay and engaged to another male character. Arthur and some of the other characters find out about the engagement first and they’re shocked because they never thought that their teachers could have a private life outside of their school life.

“When they go home, they sharpen pencils, eat kale and dream up homework assignments,” Arthur’s friend, Buster, claimed the teachers do in the episode. “They don’t even sleep! They just go into low-power mode and watch documentaries.”

How the Kids Found Out

After gaining knowledge about the engagement, Arthur, Buster and the rest of the gang eventually come across Mr. Ratburn having lunch with his sister, who they think is the woman he’s planning on marrying.

Overhearing the conversation between the two over lunch, Arthur and his friends make the decision  that the woman is too uptight for Mr. Ratburn to marry and figure he will be miserable if they go along with the nuptials, which in turn will make them miserable, so they set out to try and stop the wedding from happening. Bad Choice.

The group of friends later go into the wedding ready to object but surprisingly find out that Mr. Ratburn is at the altar with another male. Arthur and his friends decide not to stop the wedding because the couple looks so in love. Instead, the group playfully make fun of the way Mr. Ratburn and his new husband move during their first dance.

Not the First Time

The unexpected plot line in the Arthur episode isn’t the first time the show’s featured a gay character. In 2005, the show’s spinoff, Postcards From Buster, the titular rabbit takes a trip to Vermont to find out how maple syrup is made and once he’s there, he encounters children with many mothers who are lesbians. “Boy, that’s a lot of moms!” the rabbit says, in referencing to the couple.

And although the Postcards From Buster episode and Arthur‘s newest episode never had the characters come out and say the words “gay” or “lesbian”, the plotlines reflects the show’s modern day approach and support of various sexual orientations, which many supporters are sure to be ecstatic about.

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