Education Secretary Margaret Spellings
What is it with conservatives and cartoon characters? First it was SpongeBob SquarePants, now it’s Buster, a bunny rabbit from the “Arthur” series that has scored his own spin-off show on PBS, “Postcards from Buster.”
Conservatives are in a tizzy about a yet-to-be-aired episode of “Postcards” in which Buster has dinner with a little girl and her lesbian mothers.
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings criticized the show, saying she had “strong and very serious concerns” in a letter to PBS President Pat Mitchell Jan. 25. “Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in this episode,” she wrote. She also asked PBS to “strongly consider” refunding the federal money used for the episode. PBS isn’t going to.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation condemned Spellings’ action. “Secretary Spellings’ attempt to create and enforce a policy of invisibility for gay and lesbian families is a profoundly offensive display of intolerance, one that imposes on our children an agenda of ignorance under the guise of ‘education,'” said GLAAD Executive Director Joan M. Garry.
Spellings was also denounced by Human Rights Campaign and the National Stonewall Democrats.
Call the Department of Education to let them know what you think of Spellings’ first official action in office: 800-872-5327 (press 5 for an operator to make a general comment) or write: 400 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20202.
Contact the producers of “Postcards from Buster” and give them your support: http://pbskids.org/buster/parentsteachers/contact.html as well as the PBS Board of Directors: [email protected].