‘Arthur’ broadcaster asks people to stop sharing explicit memes

Television channel "disappointed" by sexually explicit nature of some memes

Arthur‘s original broadcaster has called for people to stop sharing ‘inappropriate’ memes made with images from the show.

The 90s animated children’s series has gone viral on social media after a still of the titular character’s clenched fist was adopted as a meme.

Most of the captions associated with the meme have been relatively lighthearted. However, users have also been sharing other images from Arthur with sexually explicit messages, prompting an intervention from Boston’s WGBH, the public TV channel which the show originally aired on.

WGBH told the Boston Globe that they were “disappointed” by some of the images.

Spokesperson Kelly London said although “we certainly are lucky to have a fan base that is so engaged with Arthur, especially those millennials who grew up with him,’’ the network sure is “disappointed by the few that are outside of good taste.’’

She continues: “our hope is that Arthur and his friends will be depicted in a way that is respectful and appropriate for all audiences.”

For more about Arthur’s sudden renewed popularity, read our guide to the show.