It is ridiculous that this episode generated "controversy". In a show that includes a character traveling from state to state visiting people from all walks of life, this was hardly the most riveting. "Buster" has visited Muslims, met a child descended from a Lakota warrior (pro-tip, people of Christian faith saw fit to slaughter Indigenous people upon arrival to Turtle Island, so how about we talk about that controversy instead?), learned about Gullah ancestry - a topic I knew nothing about until watching the episode as a young male Caucasian adult. He's met Mormons and in the later seasons he traveled to out of country locations further expanding the shows diversity.
In this particular episode, the word "lesbian" is not used once. No variant of "homosexual" can be found uttered. The show has no sexual content as it is a children's show. While visiting Vermont, Buster learns how to milk a cow and he experiences maple syrup samplings. He also meets one particular girl who has two mothers and mentions that she loves her mom and her stepmother. That's the closest it comes to mentioning the LGBT lifestyle. At the time, in Vermont same-sex civil unions were legal and recognized. As PBS stands for "Public Broadcasting Service", it encompassed all parts of the public including minority groups, which was seen in many other episodes. It in no way was encouraging homosexuality any more than it was encouraging conversion to Judaism. I thoroughly appreciated that it included the subject matter the way it did. It can't be complained that it was "shoved" down anyone's throats, or that it was advocating illicit activity. That girl had just as much right as any other child to admit the love for her parents - and she was clearly just fine. I suggest that if someone has a problem with the way the public is, they start a commune somewhere, preferably far away.
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