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The Internet Is So Excited Mr. Ratburn Came Out As Gay on ‘Arthur’

So much love.


Game of Thrones wasn’t the only show that had Twitter abuzz over the weekend. People were also talking about Arthur after Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and married another male character in the premiere of the cartoon’s 22nd season.

In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur and his classmates thought that their teacher was marrying a bossy woman named Patty—only to find out that she was his sister and that instead, Mr. Ratburn would be marrying chocolatier Patrick.

The onscreen gay marriage is something that PBS hopes has a positive impact on its young viewers. “PBS KIDS programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation,” the network said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS KIDS every day.”

And judging by the reactions on Twitter, it did just that. So many people took to social media to celebrate the show’s public support of gay rights, in fact, that “Mr. Ratburn” started trending online.

One woman praised Arthur for giving Mr. Ratburn more of a leading role than the gay character in Avengers: Endgame (who was the first openly gay character in a Marvel movie, FYI), challenging other networks and entertainment companies to follow PBS’ example.

Then there were those who were simply ecstatic for one of their favorite characters, calling him a “gay icon.”

Another person shared a hilarious meme joking that gay people knew all along that Mr. Ratburn was also gay. According to one user, the moment they realized the teacher was gay was when he enjoyed cake “before it was cool.”

And then there were the people, like fan Erica Mendez, who were surprised about Mr. Ratburn coming out—but were even more surprised that Arthur even still existed…