GOP Lawmaker Calls For Cutting PBS Funding Because A Gay Man Will Appear On It
Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert argued that Sesame Street should be defunded because a gay man is scheduled to appear on the iconic children’s show, according to the Friendly Atheist.
Actor Billy Porter arrived on set last week to film an upcoming episode, wearing his memorable Oscars tuxedo dress. This seemed to offend Rapert, who didn’t believe that children learning about open-mindedness was appropriate.
“What do you think I should do about this as your state senator? Do you approve of your taxpayer dollars being used to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda?” he asked people on Facebook.
In the comments, he said he could “pass a bill to cutoff all funding for the rebroadcast of PBS programming through [Arkansas’ PBS affiliate] AETN and also stop all funding for AETN altogether if necessary.”
While he claims to support PBS in general, he thinks that showcasing a gay man that dresses in an unconventional way would make the show “politicized” and would prefer to LGBTQ people entirely from public view.
AETN also chose not to air an episode of Arthur that showed a same-sex marriage.