Postcards from Buster (tv)

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Artist: PBS

Year: 2005

Date of Action: January 2005

Region: North America

Location: Washington D.C.

Subject: Sexual/Gender Orientation

Medium: Television

Confronting Bodies: Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

Description of Artwork: "Postcards from Buster" is a spin-off show from PBS's popular "Arthur" series. Every episode, the animated character Buster visits different areas of the world and non-animated, non-actor families that lived there. The show was intended to showcase different cultures and areas of the world.

In the episode in question, titled "Sugartime!", Buster goes to a small town in Vermont to learn how maple syrup and cheese are made, where he meets a family headed by two women. Sexual orientation is never mentioned, nor is the relationship between the two women ever defined.

The Incident: On her second day of office, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings sent a letter to PBS requesting that the episode not be aired, and that the public money used to film it be refunded.

Results of Incident: PBS agreed, and pulled the episode before it aired.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40188-2005Jan26.html