Not sugarcoating it

Published January 26, 2005 11:15PM (EST)

The Republican battle against homosexual-friendly cartoon characters continues. From the Associated Press:

"Education Secretary Margaret Spellings denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles.

"The episode of 'Postcards From Buster,' which has not yet run, shows the title character, a bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont, a state that recognizes same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring.

"A PBS spokesman said late Tuesday that the nonprofit organization had decided not to distribute the episode, 'Sugartime!,' to its 349 stations but that the Education Department's objections were not a factor in that decision."

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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