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During the Third Hour Today show on Tuesday, the network broadcast seized on left-wing outrage over Alabama Public Television deciding not to air an episode of the PBS children’s cartoon Arthur that included a gay wedding. Hosts accused the state of “homophobia and intolerance” for objecting to the controversial program.
“Last week we mentioned the animated series Arthur...featuring a same-sex wedding between Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s teacher, and his now-husband Patrick,” co-host Al Roker reminded viewers. He then lamented that “not everybody was too thrilled about that” before explaining: “Alabama Public Television chose not to air that episode.”
Roker - Statement - Decision
Roker read a statement regarding the decision:
Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at Alabama Public TV told nbcnews.com they reviewed the episode and decided not to broadcast it, instead showing a rerun, saying, “The vast majority of parents will have not heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not, and because of this we thought it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.” And they reportedly have no plans to air it.
Co-host - Craig - Melvin - Statement - Panel
Fellow co-host Craig Melvin ranted: “I don’t buy that. I think it sounds like a great statement, but I think that they are hiding behind, you know, homophobia and intolerance.” Joining the panel discussion, reporter Jacob Soboroff chimed in: “Because they don’t know about it, they can’t see it because they haven’t heard that the episode is gonna be on? They can’t look at life in 2019 America, like everybody else does, and celebrate?”
To his credit, Roker gently pushed back, seeing things from the point of view of Alabama parents: “Well, they may – the argument may be, ‘We’d like to have a discussion with our kids about it before it before they see the episode.’ So I understand that part of it.”
Soboroff sneered: “I bet you a...
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