Alabama church is hosting a wedding party to screen the banned Arthur episode


First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, which describes itself as “an open place for all,” is collaborating with Shout LGBTQ Film Festival decided to hold a special party to show the episode of the popular PBS animated series which was previously banned by of Alabama Public Television (APT) because an episode featured a same-sex wedding and the broadcasters were afraid it might cause controversy among watchers. LGBT-friendly church was granted permission to air the show by Boston TV station WBGH. And they decided not only to show the episode but to hold a real wedding party for Mr. Ratburn and his fiancé Patrick on June 15th. Speaking to, the film festival’s creative director, Rachel Morgan, said the episode and the event’s location fulfils the festival’s mission to show content featuring people who are underrepresented in film and media”. Although First United Methodist Church isn’t the first to show the episode in Alabama, its decision was not warmly welcomed as Alabama is a very conservative state.


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