Just days after a fringe conservative group accused SpongeBob of being a pawn in some gay agenda, The Boston Globe reports that public TV station WGBH-TV (Channel 2) is postponing a new episode of the series Postcards From Buster because of the depiction of an alternative lifestyle. Originally slated to air Feb. 2, the latest installment of the Arthur spinoff visits three children of a lesbian couple.
Postcards From Buster combines animation and live-action to chronicle the adventures of an 8-year-old rabbit who travels the country with his airplane pilot father. During his travels, Buster visits with real children and learns about their way of life.
WGBH explains that the installment falls in line with previous episodes that acknowledge that children grow up different types of families. Titled ”Sugartime!," the program in question has Buster go to Vermont and visit a sugar house where they make maple syrup. The gay women are said to be background figures and not a focal point.
Buster producer WGBH has pushed the airdate back to March 23 to give other PBS member stations time to review the episode. While a spokesperson for the broadcaster contends that the episode is apolitical and doesn’t throw a spotlight on homosexuality, the station is being sensitive to local concerns.
PBS stands behind the show and the manner in which it presents the situation.
Postcards from Buster airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m.