Here is a pleasant piece of news as we begin the week. Recently, the PBS animated series Arthur featured a same-sex wedding when one of its characters, Mr. Ratburn, came out and got married.
Naturally, this has gotten the anti-LGBTQ industry angry, with many crying about the so-called "indoctrination" and "recruitment" of children into the "homosexual lifestyle." One of these groups, the Family Research Council, took to twitter to say so:
Children are not asking for their cartoon characters to be gay -- activists in the entertainment industry are forcing it on them. Now more than ever, parents have to be vigilant about the media their children consume. @cathyruse https://t.co/PVicS0HPgE— FRC (@FRCdc) May 19, 2019
This did not go well for FRC because the majority of the responses to its tweet blasted the hate group for its attack on the cartoon, marriage equality, and same-sex families.
And they're not asking not for cartoon characters to be gay...But they are asking not to be gunned down at school— Steph 🧜♀️ (@GivenToRant) May 19, 2019
Any thoughts on the real issue as opposed to the imaginary one?
So you are saying children should not learn about love between human beings? I think taking care of each other is one of the most important messages in our world. So yes to all the stories which foster this.— 💍JUST MARRIED MALEC 💍 SH Austria 🇦🇹 🇪🇺 (@ShadowhuntersOE) May 19, 2019
We're also not asking to see straight couples everywhere, but the industry is also forcing it on us on a bigger scale than they ever would gay characters #RepresentationMatters— 💞Carmen💞 #SaveShadowhunters (@carjohnsxn) May 19, 2019
🙌🏼 Society normalizes straight characters and the heterosexual experience as being the desired “choice.” Sticking your head in the sand to ignore our existence is dangerous and hopelessly unrealistic. Plus, we’re cute and fabulous. #outandproud #cantpraythegayaway @ChrisRiceNY— Sean Montoya (@smontoya30) May 19, 2019
If there had been LGBT cartoon characters when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have thought I was broken as a teen. But censors even whitewashed the LGBT relationships that DID exist in Sailor Moon, even later...— LA Julian (@LAustyanJulian) May 19, 2019
My niece and nephew LOVED it, because they really enjoyed my wedding to their uncle six years ago. I think that is past due that television reflected our reality. Also, if you have trouble explaining a wedding to a kid, you might not be a good parent... just sayin'— J. Manny Santiago (@j_mannysantiago) May 19, 2019
It was a wonderful thing for me to watch because I can remember a time when a majority would endorse FRC's views. To see the acknowledgement of LGBTQ lives, relationships, and families (on a children's program no less) was sweet enough. But to see a huge number of folks defending this acknowledgement was icing on the cake.