Believe it or not, kid favourite TV show Arthur is still going strong. It’s 22 seasons in (!) and in the most recent premiere, Arthur’s teacher, Mr Ratburn, got married.
MR RATBURN IS GAY HELLO !! HE GOT MARRIED !! pic.twitter.com/T1Emc97Y0f— EIGHTH WONDER (@WOLFNOlR) 13 May 2019
The episode’s plot was about Mr Ratburn’s wedding. The children in his class initially confused Ratburn’s sister (voiced by Jane Lynch) as his wife.
Now that Mr. Ratburn is gay I can finally die— eli lewinsky (@shepprd2) 13 May 2019
However, it turned out that Mr Ratburn’s fiance was, in fact, a man.
animation twitter is losing it over the fact that arthur made mr ratburn gay but no one is talking about his clearly queer sister pic.twitter.com/WcJBdP70l7— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) 13 May 2019
It’s great to see more representation on TV, and the kids’ reactions were exactly as they should be – it really doesn’t matter what gender your spouse is, it’s all about love.
In similar news, get out some rainbow-coloured spandex because Avengers: Endgame finally featured the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first openly gay character.
It’s been a long time coming, but 11 years after the MCU kicked off its box office domination with Iron Man, the Russo Brothers have finally brought the franchise’s first LGBTQ+ character to our screens. Warning: Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahead!
The scene in question had Chris Evans’ Captain America heading to a counselling group in the aftermath of Thanos’ big snap moment. Jumping five years into the future following “The Decimation”, Cap is chatting to a man at one of the NYC help groups.
The man (played by director Joe Russo) explains how he went on a date with a man. Both struggled to come to terms with losing half of the galaxy’s population and broke down. Joe’s character apparently made it to dessert before he burst into tears. However, it appears romance is on the cards because he says he’ll see his date again.
Although the character doesn’t get a name and we never see him again, Russo explained the importance of the scene. Speaking to Deadline, Russo said, “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them.”
He continued, “We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.”
“It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity.”
While it’s not one of the major Avengers who’s coming out of the closet, at least the MCU has finally embraced LGBTQ+ culture. The introduction of an openly gay character neatly opens the door for The Eternals. The Phase 4 movie is reportedly looking for a gay actor to rule the roost.
A casting call revealed by That Hashtag Show confirms The Eternals is looking for a gay actor to play one of its biggest parts. The site reports, “As it turns out, that future is nearly upon us as the studio searches for an actor, 30-49, who ‘physically looks like a superhero’ for one of the film’s leads.”
You only have to look at Marvel comics to see the representation of LGBTQ+ rights. Characters like Hulkling, Moondragon, and even Loki have come out of the closet. In contrast, the MCU has been called out for a lack of acceptance in its movies (so far). Only recently, both Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther were slammed for excluding romantic relationships between same-sex characters.
Who knows, maybe the Avengers can attend the gay wedding of Russo’s character and his mystery man in the inevitable Avengers 5?