"Gay rat wedding" memes are standing up for Arthur in the funniest way
23 May 2019, 17:31 | Updated: 24 May 2019, 10:55
Mr. Ratburn from Arthur has inspired the new "gay rat wedding" meme...
"Gay rat wedding" memes are breaking the internet and it's all because of Mr. Ratburn on Arthur.
Memes can be inspired by anything but the best ones tend to be the wildest ones. Sometimes all they need is a bizarre, viral video to kickstart them (the "they did surgery on a grape" meme). Elsewhere it's a very specific TV scene and a whole lot of imagination that does it (the powerful Shaggy meme). Often it's just the internet being left to its own devices (the 'Roman Holiday' meme). Well, the "gay rat wedding" meme is a mixture of all three of these and it's iconic.
The funniest gay rat wedding memes inspired by Arthur
Last week Arthur made history. In its season 22 debut, one of its longterm principal characters came out. In the episode, Mr. Ratburn got married to another male character with Arthur, Buster, Muffy, Francine and Binky smiling on and supporting him in the congregation. Naturally, it wasn't long before social media caught on and people quickly began praising the beloved children's show for its LGBTQ+ representation.
However, this week Alabama Public Television revealed that they have refused to air the episode saying: "Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn't fit into that." In other words, they are either homophobic or scared of upsetting homophobic parents. Since the announcement, multiple people including Lili Reinhart have called out the network.
The backlash was so huge that it quickly became a Twitter moment titled: "Alabama network refused to broadcast Arthur's gay rat wedding". Amazing. Naturally, it didn't take long before the phrase "gay rat wedding" became a new meme. Some of the memes focus on calling out homophobia, while others are based on how funny the term "gay rat wedding" is, and then there are those which are a bit of both.
What does a gay rat wedding actually look like?
. 🏳️🌈💒🏳️🌈— bitch druid (@clinicallychill) May 21, 2019
🦆🦉🐝🐌🌷 🌷 🦌🐖🦘🐀
🐎🐁🐀🐿🌷 🌷 🦜🐩🐇🐕
rt if you support this beautiful gay rat wedding :,)
This is so beautiful. I'm crying.
They are actually pretty easy to spot.
OHHHH SHIIIIITTT...— alex (@HlRSCH) May 22, 2019
\ 😳 ...A GAY RAT WEDDING!!
🏳️🌈 🐀 ♥️ 🐀 🏳️🌈
Why is this so cute?
Mike Pence has made his way into "gay rat wedding" chat.
how fun would it be to force mike pence to bake a cake for the gay rat wedding— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 21, 2019
Gay rat weddings vary all around the world.
when ur in france and they ask if u want to go to a gay rat wedding— ur aborted bf (@__blonded__) May 22, 2019
The international implications this has.
Paddington Bear is a true ally.
i just think it’s funny how paddington bear traveled from his villa in peru to attend the gay rat wedding in elwood city but charles couldn’t travel from california— kate bush stan account (@ashcech) May 22, 2019
There's a gay rat wedding song.
rat wedding bitch rat rat wedding bitch— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) May 21, 2019
Tyga actually stole this from the gay rats.
Gay rat discourse is important.
*going up to a straight couple* so who's the gay rat and who's the other gay rat?— dirt prince (@pant_leg) May 23, 2019
If your queer theory doesn't include gay rat theory, you can keep it.
Ultimately people are happy to see "gay rat wedding" trending.
Me at 3:00 AM seeing Gay Rat Wedding trending pic.twitter.com/yHFAa836mZ— Looks like silence (@LooksLykSilence) May 21, 2019
Wow. What a moment.
Pride is going to be a little bit different this year.
just realized people are going to dress as gay wedding rats for pride— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 21, 2019
Imagine the costumes.
Although one thing needs to be cleared up.
I’m sick of people saying it was a gay rat wedding. Only one of them was a rat! Stop spreading your ignorance!!— Sober Sister Casey “Cici” Cooper (@soneall89) May 22, 2019
Mr. Ratburn's partner appears to be an aardvark like Arthur so adjust your spreadsheets accordingly.