The Internet has recently become enthralled with “Arthur” memes, and the TV network behind the children’s show is not necessarily pleased. A spokeswoman for WGBH, which is based in Boston, said Wednesday the network is disappointed with explicit nature some of the memes have taken on.
A spokeswoman for WGBH said in a statement Wednesday the ‘‘Arthur’’ network appreciates that several internet memes ‘‘have been created and shared in good fun’’ but are ‘‘disappointed by the few that are outside of good taste.’’
In case you are unfamiliar with any of this, “Arthur” is a long-running children’s TV show that is based on a children’s book series by Marc Brown. The show airs on PBS and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first airing later this year. The show centers on the main character, Arthur the aardvark, and his fellow anthropomorphic friends as they deal with issues common to children growing up.
Memes using Arthur as source material have been around for a long time, but these memes have recently experienced a massive surge in use over the last few days. The trend started organically on social media, then BuzzFeed quickly picked up on things and published this article and we were truly off to the races. If your timeline has been absent of these memes, you are in luck. This is a good recap of the highlights over the last week’s worth of content.
You can check that previous link for some of the risqué creations the WGBH spokeswoman was referring to, but here are some of the better memes of the tasteful variety.
*AYE YOU LISTEN TO MY MIXTAPE??
— Arthur (@ArthurMemesLol) July 28, 2016
This is a good one to end on.
— Curtis Harris (@curtismharris) August 3, 2016
Be sure to check back here the next time something from your childhood finds a completely new second life on the Internet.