Or, if you were like me, you did both.
For those of you who have never seen the show, it follows the life of third grader Arthur Read, a bespectacled aardvark, and his friends and family, all of whom are animals such as rabbits, cats or even dogs (despite the fact that the characters own their own dogs or cats as pets).
Arthur's 22nd season recently kicked off (yes, it's still on the air), and the first episode featured the gang's teacher, Mr. Ratburn (aptly named since he is a rat) getting married.
This surprises his students, since they can't seem to grasp the concept that teachers have lives outside of school, but what surprises the show's audience is that Mr. Ratburn is gay and is marrying a man!
Arthur is certainly keeping with the times!
#Arthur's Mr. Ratburn Comes Out as Gay, Gets Married in Season 22 Premiere https://t.co/nMSrNWHeOz https://t.co/Vo4wiSHsVb— TVLine.com (@TVLine.com)1557775678.0
The episode is entitled "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" and of course, before Mr. Ratburn's fiancé is revealed, there is a huge misunderstanding.
Arthur and his friends see Mr. Ratburn having a meal with a harsh woman who tells him he is too soft and needs to toughen up. However, as the gang rushes to the wedding venue to stop their teacher from marrying someone they don't think will make him happy, they realize they were mistaken.
The woman is Mr. Ratburn's sister, who was wishing her brother well in her own way. Arthur and the others don't want to stand in the way of Mr. Ratburn's wedding anymore, especially not after seeing how happy he looks with his fiancé.
The two men get married, and while the word "gay" is never used, the characters' reactions (or non-reactions) to their teacher marrying another man will hopefully help lessen the still present stigma around gay marriage.
Audiences definitely think so.
Twitter was delighted with the episode:
It turns out Arthur is more courageous and explicit than Avengers: Endgame when it comes to LGBTQ2 lives and storyl… https://t.co/K7Ts2ICMme— Rachel Giese (@Rachel Giese)1557780374.0
We been knew. Mr. Ratburn is an extremely slept on gay icon. Mr. Ratburn has done more for the LGBQT community than… https://t.co/mqsFJChr3d— caroline (@caroline)1557781568.0
I found out that Mr. Ratburn's getting married to a bloke on Arthur and I say hey (hey) what a wonderful kind of gay.— Gavin Herman (@Gavin Herman)1557783659.0
imagine telling me in 1998 that “Mr. Ratburn” would be a worldwide trend on twitter dot com— Husky Dave Grohl (@Husky Dave Grohl)1557783430.0
MR RATBURN IS GAY HELLO !! HE GOT MARRIED !! https://t.co/T1Emc97Y0f— EIGHTH WONDER (@EIGHTH WONDER)1557762221.0
@allanbrocka Love!! I used to watch Arthur all the time as a *gay* kid. Brings a smile to my face!!— Eugene Resnick (@Eugene Resnick)1557782188.0
Fans were happy for everyone's favorite rat-human teacher:
for real tho I have loved mr. ratburn basically my whole life, it honestly lifts my heart to see he has a husband now— Son Of a Bitch 🤠 (@Son Of a Bitch 🤠)1557783417.0
Welcome out and congratulations Mr. Ratburn! 🏳️🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #Arthur #LoveIsLove https://t.co/2oL141PVmx— Q. Allan Brocka (@Q. Allan Brocka)1557782132.0
Fans praised the episode's subject matter:
@Phil_Lewis_ I STAN— Blair Imani (@Blair Imani)1557779224.0
@allanbrocka 'Hey! What a wonderful kind of day.'— Robert Greene 🏳️🌈 (@Robert Greene 🏳️🌈)1557789058.0
And the conflict of the actual episode:
This episode was wild too, Arthur and his friends thought he was marrying this pushy woman and tried to break them… https://t.co/WxoyBquZsa— Christi Trottie (@Christi Trottie)1557782373.0
But some people wishes they'd done this sooner:
@allanbrocka Man, you know how much this wouldve made 8 year old me accept myself instead of repressing my attracti… https://t.co/y1qx9zQfk6— Goore Whoore (@Goore Whoore)1557806464.0
And of course there were a fair share of fans who were surprised episodes were still airing, but they were happy just the same:
1) Shoutout to Mr. Ratburn! 2) Arthur has been on TV forever. Season 22?? https://t.co/27W8Xo1NhA— philip lewis (@philip lewis)1557778796.0
@Phil_Lewis_ I assumed Arthur ended years ago. Glad to see it's still going after all this time.— Ben Levy (@Ben Levy)1557785209.0
@Phil_Lewis_ my thoughts exactly. I thought Arthur ended years ago!! Congratulations to Mr. Ratburn though 😭❤️— Emy 👑💋 (@Emy 👑💋)1557793384.0
And it's about high time:
@allanbrocka I'm so happy for this generation.— Michael (@Michael)1557787028.0
@allanbrocka @yourhandsscan Best. Generation. Ever!— Jonathan is Back Playing Pokémon! (@Jonathan is Back Playing Pokémon!)1557788840.0
Let's hope pop culture keeps it going!