Alabama Public Television has refused to air the premiere episode of the current season because it features a gay wedding.
In the new series, Mr. Ratburn gets married to somebody of the same sex, and APT will not be airing the “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” episode.
APT's director of programming, Mike Mckenzie issued the following statement on the decision:
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly – although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards – parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program," he said.
The “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” episode is still available to stream on PBS’ official site.