August 20, 2019

Why Censor Arthur?

“Alabama is in hot water, but not for the reason you may think.

Alabama Public Television has decided not to air a new episode of the kids’ show “Arthur,” in which Arthur’s teacher marries another man (or aardvark, technically; the teacher himself is a rat, which really goes to show that none of this makes any sense at all).

Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, told AL.com that the network was concerned about children watching the episode without supervision.

“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” Mckenzie said. “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.””

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