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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 27 January 2005 04:46 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I could just scream.

Culture Wars Pull Buster Into the Fray

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Yet on Tuesday PBS decided not to distribute to its roughly 350 PBS stations an episode of "Postcards From Buster," which was scheduled for Feb. 2 and included lesbian mothers, even though a few days earlier PBS officials, among them PBS's president, Pat Mitchell, viewed the episode and called it appropriate. That was before Education Secretary Margaret Spellings denounced the program, starring Buster Baxter, a cute animated rabbit who until now has been known primarily as a close friend of Arthur, the world's most famous aardvark. Ms. Spellings said many parents would not want children exposed to a lesbian life style.

Buster joined another cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants, as a focus of the nation's culture wars. SpongeBob was recently attacked by Christian groups for being pro-homosexual, though SpongeBob's creator said it was all a misinterpretation. Buster's offense was appearing in "Sugartime!," the undistributed "Postcards From Buster" show, in which he visits children living in Vermont whose parents are a lesbian couple. Civil unions are allowed in Vermont.

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Like the grown-ups in most of the episodes, the lesbian mothers in the "Sugartime!" segment are mainly background. "The concern really was that there's a point where background becomes foreground," Mr. Godwin said. "No matter if the parents were intended to be background, with this specific item in this particular program they might simply be foreground because of press attention to it and parental attention to it."

The question is, does the episode violate the grant under which WGBH received federal funds? Mr. Godwin said, "The presence of a couple headed by two mothers would not be appropriate curricular purpose that PBS should provide."

The grant specifies the programs "should be designed to appeal to all of America's children by providing them with content and characters with which they can identify." In addition, the grant says, "Diversity will be incorporated into the fabric of the series to help children understand and respect differences and learn to live in a multicultural society."


This is PBS under the Bush administration. Brain-dead.


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brebis noire
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posted 27 January 2005 04:50 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Poor Buster, he's such a nice guy. Just like SpongeBob....
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posted 27 January 2005 05:12 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Wayne Godwin, chief operating officer of PBS, got a bit tangled as he tried to explain the PBS stance on gay characters appearing on children's television shows.

"In fairness I would have to say a gay character is not one we would not include," he said, and then clarified. "The fact that a character may or may not be gay is not a reason why they should or should not be part of this series."

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The question is, does the episode violate the grant under which WGBH received federal funds? Mr. Godwin said, "The presence of a couple headed by two mothers would not be appropriate curricular purpose that PBS should provide."

The grant specifies the programs "should be designed to appeal to all of America's children by providing them with content and characters with which they can identify." In addition, the grant says, "Diversity will be incorporated into the fabric of the series to help children understand and respect differences and learn to live in a multicultural society."


What a dick.


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Hephaestion
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posted 01 February 2005 06:50 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Happy news, EA....

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Affiliates to air Postcards From Buster lesbian episode anyway
Defying criticism from the secretary of education and even their own network, several large PBS affiliates will air the episode of the children's show Postcards From Buster that includes a visit to a home with lesbian parents. The show, aimed at preschoolers, was pulled by PBS last week after Margaret Spellings, Bush's new secretary for the Department of Education, denounced the use of federal funds for it.

But WGBH, the powerful Boston public television station that makes the series, says they're airing the program tomorrow and they've offered it to other PBS stations. As of last night 18 others have signed on to bring it to the airwaves.


link to article at newsday.com

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quote:
Arthur, the world's most famous aardvark.

An aardvark? I coulda swore he was a mouse.


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Bacchus
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posted 02 February 2005 12:06 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I miss Hammy Hamster
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 02 February 2005 08:53 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Heph:

That IS good news amidst the gloom!

downside: the religious wrong will undoubtedly intensify their attacks against PBS and its budget.


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 03 February 2005 11:02 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Safe Harbor For Gay Bigots

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Conservatives pounced on other parts of Stacey's and Biblarz's review which suggests that children with same-sex parents may be more open to same-sex relationships for themselves, even though the overwhelming majority of such youth turn out to be heterosexual. They have attempted to stifle the possibility that such families are safer harbors for children to express whom they are naturally meant to be.

They would have us ignore that what little data we have suggests that girls of homosexual parents are not as intimidated as girls from heterosexual families in co-ed activities and workplaces. Boys of gay and lesbian parents show signs of being more nurturing than boys from heterosexual homes. If we took the time to find out why, we might have less domestic violence and war and more equality.

Spellings and Bush are hostage to a homophobia so wacky that James Dobson, a Bush supporter on the religious right, is on a mission to let everyone know that another children's cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants, is in an upcoming diversity video sponsored by the We Are Family Foundation, a group that promotes national healing after Sept. 11.

The foundation website has a tolerance pledge that states, ''I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity, or other characteristics are different from my own."

Dobson growls that SpongeBob has been hijacked for ''prohomosexual propaganda." Spellings barks at lesbian mothers in Vermont. Bush talks about ''ideal" families. The hurricane of bigotry is gathering steam, with no certain safe harbor.



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PBS boss quits in wake of lesbian cartoon flap

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(Washington) Pat Mitchell, the Public Broadcasting Service chief under fire for spending public money on a cartoon show that also featured a real-life lesbian couple, will step down when her contract expires in June 2006.

Mitchell, the nonprofit network's fifth president and chief executive officer, also faced significant fund-raising challenges.

She drew recent criticism from both liberals and conservatives for "Postcards From Buster," in which the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, traveled to Vermont - a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. Though the focus was on farm life and maple sugaring, the episode, entitled "Sugartime," featured an actual lesbian couple.


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Under Mitchell's leadership, prime-time ratings rose to the highest ever and PBS stations extended their reach for digital broadcasting to over 89 percent of the country.

Mitchell also added diversity to the schedule _ including the "American Family," an emmy-nominated series featuring a Latino family, and "American Mystery!" a special featuring Indians living in the Southwest.

At the meeting with managers, Mitchell outlined an agenda for the remainder of her term, including securing sustainable funding on a national and local level, broadening public television's reach and resources in education and setting new benchmarks for children's programming.


The USA has progressed so far from its rigid, puritanical past, replete with all its witch hunts, eh?


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Scott Piatkowski
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For some reason, I can't get REM's "Exhuming McCarthy" out of my head.
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enemy sighted, enemy met / babble addresses the realpolitik
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posted 20 February 2005 01:54 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know...I was talking to some lad 3 years older than me from Alberta who was married...

The story, long bit short, was that since I wasn't married and old enough to understand the complexities of marriage I would never understand how dangerous homosexuals were to marriage. I asked him how they were dangerous he simply responded "If I'm walking down the street with my friend...People might think I'm gay!"


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Hailey
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would never understand how dangerous homosexuals were to marriage. I asked him how they were dangerous he simply responded "If I'm walking down the street with my friend...People might think I'm gay!"

I know this is a serious topic but that makes me laugh!


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skdadl
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posted 20 February 2005 02:06 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is so depressing. I keep thinking that one day I might watch TV again. Back in the days when we did watch TV, PBS was at least 40 per cent of what we watched, although that was mainly Lehrer plus a lot of BBC and Britcoms. I wouldn't say that PBS is better than TVO, but I used to feel that it was a necessary complement.

On the bright side, both the Buffalo and Rochester stations are heavily dependent on their Ontario audiences, and know they've got to keep programming for us.


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fern hill
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OK, here's a silly question: Do the Xian right morons attacking cartoon bunnies and sponges have an idea how ludicrous they appear? Remember Dan Quayle attacking Murphy Brown (fictional tv character) for having a baby out of wedlock? He was excoriated for that one, wasn't he?
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Hailey
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Christian people are notoriously concerned about their children being exposed to things. It wouldn't even occur to them that showing an interest in what your children are being shown is wrong.

I don't agree with all of their concerns but I admire parental interest in children rather than relegating children to schools, daycares, neighbours, etc.


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'lance
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quote:
OK, here's a silly question: Do the Xian right morons attacking cartoon bunnies and sponges have an idea how ludicrous they appear? Remember Dan Quayle attacking Murphy Brown (fictional tv character) for having a baby out of wedlock? He was excoriated for that one, wasn't he?

He was, but that was the PC era -- Pre-Cheney. Rather than being the real power like Cheney, the USian Vice-President back then was much what he'd always been -- a ceremonial, powerless, isolated and rather pathetic figure.

And besides, Quayle was (and presumably still is) an embarrassing buffoon, even by Republican Party standards. (Around the same time, when Bush 41 put him in nominal charge of a hypothetical future expedition to Mars -- until it became clear that the cost would be around eleventy zillion dollars -- Quayle started talking about "canals" on Mars, and how they possibly indicated the presence of both water and oxygen there).

Unlike this latest crowd of crazies, he had neither an organization, nor a mass movement like Parents for Decency (or whatever that crowd that keeps besieging the Federal Communications Commission is called) behind him.


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skdadl
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Bush 41 put him in nominal charge of a hypothetical future expedition to Mars

Oh, I'm never gonna stop laughing. So Bush 41 had a sense of humour, eh?


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'lance
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Well, that's one possible explanation for why he chose Quayle in the first place.

I figured it was just assassination insurance.

One gag at the time was: in case the President was shot, the Secret Service had standing orders to shoot the Veep.


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skdadl
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Excoriation never stopped Dan Quayle.
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Michelle
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I wonder whether they carry the show "The Adventures of Corduroy Bear". Corduroy Bear is a stuffed animal who is owned by a little girl named Lisa, who lives with her single mother in an apartment in the city. My little one used to LOVE that show - actually, he still does like to watch it now.
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Biblarz's review which suggests that children with same-sex parners,.may be more open to same-sex relaionships for themselves even though the overwhelming majority of such youth turn out to be heterosexual.

You know, I'm growing tired of people supposedly sympathetic to the gay community answering charges like the one above by attempting to show that most children of homosexuals grow up to be *normal*.

When a charge like the one above is made I much prefer an answer like, SO FUCKING WHAT?

Don't let the bigots continue to set the agenda.


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Hephaestion
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posted 20 February 2005 05:57 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by koan brothers:

You know, I'm growing tired of people supposedly sympathetic to the gay community answering charges like the one above by attempting to show that most children of homosexuals grow up to be *normal*.

When a charge like the one above is made I much prefer an answer like, SO FUCKING WHAT?

Don't let the bigots continue to set the agenda.


BRAVO!! HEAR, HEAR!!

I also like the rejoinder, "You're not 'normal'... just common!"


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CMOT Dibbler
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posted 20 February 2005 07:17 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had a counsellor in elementry school who told me that normal is a setting on a washing machine. It's a term that really isn't relavent to the human condition.
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 20 February 2005 11:17 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PBS can strenuously deny Mitchell is quitting under pressure but the timing couldn't be worse.

The bottom line is the important thing is who is the next PBS chief. No doubt the looneys of the right will seek to put in one of their own who will, no doubt, do two things - introduce more corporate sponsorships and corporate driven programming and make damn sure that nothing even remotely anti-American or anti-mainstream values ever shows up on PBS again. You have to know the rightwing nuts have been waiting to decimate PBS for a long time, now is the opportunity to finish it off - not by chopping funding off completely - that would be too overt - but making it irrelevent through "norming" its programming. No more Frontline, lots of nature shows.


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Hephaestion
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posted 07 March 2005 06:38 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Postcards from Buster" episode to air on the 'net

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(New York City) An episode of the popular PBS children's' series "Postcards from Buster", that was dropped by the network after criticism by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings because it features a lesbian couple, will be made available on the Internet.

Family Pride Coalition, a national non-profit organization dedicated to securing equality for LGBT families, announced Monday that it will broadcast the episode on its website from March 7-13.



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The Other Todd
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quote:
Originally posted by Bacchus:
I miss Hammy Hamster

Hammy = "bottom" of a dom/sub relationship

Matthew Mouse = "top" of same relationship

What happens behind the scenes on The Riverbank . . . ?


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Hephaestion
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It occurred to me that some babblers are blocked from certain sites, such as 365gay.com if they are babbling at work. Therefore, if you *want* to see the "Postcards from Buster" episode, but can't get to 365 for the link, here it is:

http://buster.familypride.org


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