“Sugaring the maple?” —mmmmmmm……yes, ma’am!

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

PBS (the one, remember, who put Barney on the air, who has lately been seen in the company of notorious pantywaist SpongeBob) is in trouble again, for putting radical lifestyles propagandist “Buster” of the infamous “Postcards from Buster” children’s educational television show on the air with….lesbians.

In the upcoming episode “Sugartime!”, the animated bunny Buster travels to Vermont (Vermont! Get it?) for maple syrup season. There, incidentally, he meets a kid with two moms. The words “lesbian,” “dyke,” “flannel shirt,” “Birkenstocks,” “gay,” and “marraige” are not uttered.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said the “Sugartime!” episode does not fulfill the intent Congress had in mind for programming. By law, she said, any funded shows must give top attention to “research-based educational objectives, content and materials.'”

“Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in the episode,” Spellings wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of PBS.

“Congress’ and the Department’s purpose in funding this programming certainly was not to introduce this kind of subject matter to children, particularly through the powerful and intimate medium of television.'”

She asked PBS to consider refunding the money it spent on the episode.

Although the show hasn’t aired yet, you can hear the ballad “Sugar Time in the Mountains”, written especially for this show, here. Sick stuff, people. If you play it backwards, it says *** ** *****. For real.

(Personally, I’m a bit worried about how kids will feel upon realizing that Buster himself is…a blogger. We’ve seen the trouble that can cause.)

Dana Stevens over at Slate has a great interview with Jeanne Hopkins, communications director for WGBH in Boston, where “Postcards from Buster” is produced.

In the Buster theme song, Wyclef Jean sings : “He’s got his camera /And he’s gonna explore /All the neat things he’s never done before.” By showcasing a lesbian couple in this episode, is PBS promoting a homosexual agenda by implying that two women living together as domestic partners is a ‘neat thing’ that children should ‘explore’?

No, we are not promoting anything. Buster visits kids whose parents are divorced, too – we’re not promoting that either. Buster is exploring the neat things that kids all over this country do, and experience, and can teach each other.

But seriously, I know some kids who have two moms. Those moms pay taxes, they raise families, they fund public television, they care about their kids. And those kids deserve to grow up seeing kids like themselves on television, and not feel like they need to be protected from their own families. Those kids deserve to grow up and not feel hated and ostracized because of self-righteous bigots like Margaret Spellings.


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