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‘Gay rat wedding’ headline sparks amazing new meme

It's a nice day for rat wedding.


Rachel Kiley

Internet Culture

Published May 24, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 11:54 am CDT

When the PBS Kids’ show Arthur aired an episode in which beloved teacher Mr. Ratburn married his boyfriend, it provided kids everywhere with an unexpected, positive representation of same-sex marriage in a show made just for them.

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But when a headline pointing out that Alabama wouldn’t be airing that “gay rat wedding” popped up, fodder for a new meme was born.

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The headline in question was soon exchanged for the less entertaining “Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of Arthur featuring same-sex marriage,” but “gay rat wedding” had already caught on and spread across Twitter.

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It wasn’t long before the phrase “gay rat wedding” found its way into mashups with other pop culture moments.

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And seeing as how the people over at Alabama Public Television are clearly suffering from some sort of gay panic, it only made sense that even Panic! at the Disco lyrics would be co-opted for the cause.

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Some Twitter users even went so far as to find their own ways to justify Alabama’s censoring of the gay rat wedding.

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But with every great meme comes at least one drawback.

Just kidding — bring on all the gay rat wedding costumes! If Alabama thought a cartoon same-sex marriage between animals would be too hard for parents to explain to their kids, they’re going to really have a hard time explaining why a bunch of grown adults are parading down the street dressed as gay rats.

And yes, we do know one of the grooms is actually likely an aardvark, but why would anyone ever pass up the opportunity to say “gay rat wedding” as often as possible?


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*First Published: May 24, 2019, 1:03 pm CDT