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    For all fans of the fantastic TV series Arthur.

    You may be interested to find out what Buster Baxter has been doing more recently, since he shot to fame on everybody's favourite animal animation series.

    Well, it seems he's been annoying the American far right with his new series.
    And bravo to him!


    Buster the bunny pops on his backpack, visits lesbian family and starts row

    Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
    Friday January 28, 2005
    The Guardian

    To the untrained eye, Buster is just a bunny, an innocuous cartoon character on American educational television. Each week the animated rabbit puts on his red backpack and trainers to visit a slice of real America - dropping in on a native Indian reservation in Wyoming, or maybe a Hispanic family in Los Angeles and sending a video postcard of the event to his friends.
    The series, designed to show the diversity of the modern family to primary school children, is produced with $100m (£53m) of federal funding by the public television network PBS. It has a mandate to promote tolerance.

    But then, Buster Baxter visited a farm in Vermont to learn about harvesting maple syrup. His hosts on Sugartime! were a lesbian couple and their children. Although the parents remained in the background - as they do during all of Buster's travels - their very appearance on children's TV was too much for the education secretary, Margaret Spelling.

    Ms Spelling wrote to the president of PBS this week, saying: "Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in the episode."

    The politician also asked the network to return federal funds used to make the episode, adding: "Congress's and the department's purpose in funding this programming certainly was not to introduce this kind of subject matter to children, particularly through the powerful and intimate medium of television."

    PBS withdrew the offending episode, which had been scheduled for distribution to its 350 affiliates. However, the Boston station which produced it said it was going to make the episode available to broadcasters.

    Buster is the latest fallen icon of TV Americana.

    Last week, two conservative Christian organisations accused the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, an underwater sea sponge with two buckteeth, of conspiring to promote homosexuality to children. In the hugely popular television series, he holds hands with Mermaid Man as well as Barnacle Boy.

    However, the yellow sponge managed to avoid the wrath of Christian conservatives until last week when it emerged that he was to star with other animation names, such as Big Bird and Barney, in a DVD remake of the hit We Are Family - a song intended to promote tolerance, which was to have been distributed to primary schools across the country.

    Focus on the Family, a rightwing Christian group from Colorado, pronounced on its website: "While words like diversity and unity sound harmless ... enough, the reality is they are often used by gay activists as cover for teaching children that homosexuality is the moral and biological equivalent to heterosexuality."


    You couldn't make it up, could you?
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    Please tell me that's not real.
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    No seriously. The americans think that Buster, Spongebob and Tinky Winky from the Tellytubbies are promoting homosexuality.

    I think this proves how irrational religion can be... :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Mr White)
    Please tell me that's not real.
    Oh, it most certainly is.
    To adapt a favourite right-wing phrase: it's political incorrectness gone mad.
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    Why don't we get that spin off here?

    That sounds great!
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    That is rediculous. So so stupid.
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    Even my mate who's a staunch Christian thinks that its stupid! She thinks its incredibly silly probably because she loves spongebob hehe
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    (Original post by Hayley...)
    Why don't we get that spin off here?

    That sounds great!
    I know, I really feel like we're missing out! I love Buster!
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    On a totally different, but spin-off related side note; when is that Friends spin off about Joey going to be on telly?

    ps, I love Buster Baxter, and I hope that he comes out of the closet officialy, as that way he can live his life happily and gayly.
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    (Original post by ThunderCat8)
    ps, I love Buster Baxter, and I hope that he comes out of the closet officialy, as that way he can live his life happily and gayly.
    Buster is not gay! It's all just a story cooked up by the tabloids and the conservatives to discredit him!
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    Thats crazy!! Although there are allsorts of sexual undertones in childrens tv!! Anyone ever seen Hilltop Hospital? Nurse Kitty is blatantly putting it about a bit, and that hippo one obviously wants Doctor Matthews but realises she really doesn't have a chance!!
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    (Original post by ThunderCat8)
    On a totally different, but spin-off related side note; when is that Friends spin off about Joey going to be on telly?
    Well, it's on the front of the new Sky Magazine. So I guess it's on Sky One in February.
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    (Original post by Hayley...)
    Well, it's on the front of the new Sky Magazine. So I guess it's on Sky One in February.
    Five, actually. Not long. But I hear it's crap anyway.
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    (Original post by ThunderCat8)
    On a totally different, but spin-off related side note; when is that Friends spin off about Joey going to be on telly?
    If you don't have sky, it should be on chan 5 sometime. They have bought the show.

    I can possibly understand the TinkyWinky being gay possibly, but not young kids seeing the gay connotations.
    The other shows however...total madness.
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    bloody hell 'While words like diversity and unity sound harmless ... enough' - what the f***. Americans are crazy
 
 
 
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