February 20, 2005
I think this goes as a prime example of how our current politicians and administration is portraying the gay rights movement. Recent Bush appointee, Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education, told PBS not to air an episode of the show Postcards from Buster, featuring a rabbit who travels the world visiting a diversity of places and people. One episode in particular, however, had Buster visiting a home where the parents were both women, and thus, was never aired. I'm sure Ms. Spellings recieved a gold medal from Bush for that one. Meanwhile, right-wing groups are trying to paint Spongebob squarepants as a gay who can't control his urgest to be with his buddy Patrick and the teletubbies as raging homosexuals who need to be banned from television.
So really it comes as no surprise that when these individuals can't get an episode completely off the air, they go for the next best thing... scare the parrents into not allowing their kids to watch it. At the same time the Simpsons was airing, the show Desperate Housewives was on. Might as well let kids watch that show though... at least everyone is straight and it can't give kids ideas like maybe people unlike themselves deserve rights too. Not to say that amazing progress hasn't been made toward this movement in the past few years, but given the current administration and 'family-values' groups, looks like the fight is going to continue to be difficult.