Saturday, September 24, 2005

Example of homophobia in the US

This is a post from my blog at

Disclaimer: This happened in January, so it's not recent. But you should still know about it. Recently, I was surfing the web when I found some information about how the Education Secretary Margaret Spellings asked PBS not to air an episode of "Postcards from Buster," an educational public television show where Buster, a rabbit from the "Arthur" show, visits places and learns about their cultures. In this episode, entitled "Sugartime," Buster visits a family in Vermont, and learns about how maple syrup is made. The family he visits consists of two lesbian parents and their adopted children. According to the Washington Post, she said that "many parents would not want their young children exposed to the life-styles portrayed in this episode." Now, I find this totally wrong. Homosexuality does exist, and there's nothing wrong with that. Isn't it better that children learn that from a neutral point of view and are allowed to come to their own conclusions? I would hope that any parent who encourages their child to watch such shows as "Postcards," which teaches children about different cultures and lifestyles, would not be prejudiced against homosexuals. In fact, nobody should. But at least don't conceal facts and censor certain lifestyles and cultures, and the people to which they belong.

In a country that frowns upon prejudice, how can this happen? Be sure to look at the comment by Bobkul, who commented on Kingdom of Heathen, on the original post at my blog. To see the comments, click here.


At 9/25/2005 8:24 AM, Blogger Aeger said...

did you here about that video made by Gold Star Families? I think something similar happened there.

At 9/25/2005 8:44 AM, Blogger Kele said...

Wow, I haven't seen Arthur in ages!

But yeah, that kind of stuff is really unfortunate. It seems I tend to dislike a LOT of censorship that goes on nowadays.

At 9/25/2005 1:18 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

That's sad. I don't understand why people think that exposing kids to homosexuality is going to make them homosexual.

At 9/25/2005 9:42 PM, Blogger Advocate of the Browns said...

But i also think that the Gay MTV channel is a bit extreme. Thats pretty much proclaiming homophobia. I mean if you have to have a seperate channel for homosexuals just to show people that you arent homophobic it shows that you are scared of appearing homophobic, which basically means you are homophobic.

At 9/26/2005 4:29 AM, Blogger Pixelation said...

"If the majority of people are not homosexual adn ar against homosexuality, why can't it be censored? Less than 1% of the population is homosexual. If you don't want anything to be censored, we might as well do away with the FCC and let anyone do and say whatever they want on the TV or Radio."

Ha ha ha. Jeez, who does Bobkul think he is? Doesn't he realize that the constitution was framed specifically for majority rule and minority rights. In other words, just because they're 1% of the population, doesn't mean that they can be screwed over at will by the rest.
And doesn't the first amendment say that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press?"
(The way they got around that with television and radio is interesting. You should look it up, it's corruptio ad extremis).

Oi vey. Has anybody read this post? I wonder how long I'll get to play with his conservative psyche before he snaps in twain or stops talking to me...

At 9/28/2005 5:43 PM, Blogger El Penguino said...

lol they were gonna show lesbians on pbs!? hot!!!

relax im kidding,
anyway i think its true that kids should be encouraged to learn about different lifestyles, i had a lesbian teacher in 4th grade and im not evil or anything (not as young as pbs viewers but you get my point* if parents are just worried about there kids asking why they needed to adopt kids and having to get into or avoid that whole "birds and bees" thing, if thats the case then its not really as bad as just hating lesbians, in which case, they can boil in hell


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