Gay Rat Wedding meme explained as crazy outfit choice sparks debate

Molly Young

A wedding guest’s outfit choice is being debated online after revealing they planned to create a dress based on the ‘Gay Rat Wedding’ meme from the PBS kids’ show Arthur.

HITC explain the viral meme, the bizarre scenario between the wedding attendees and the ongoing social media debate with dividing judgements.

What is the ‘Gay Rat Wedding Meme’ and who is Harper Finkle, the character the guest in question is being compared to?

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Gay Rat Wedding meme explained

The season 22 premiere of Arthur in 2019, entitled ‘Mr Ratburn and the Special Someone,’ saw the episode end with grade-school teacher Mr Ratburn being openly shown as gay and marrying his partner.

However, Alabama Public TV decided to not air the episode because of the trust parents have in its station, the network’s program manager said as per ABC News reports.

The online backlash then made the Arthur scenario a widely-known meme known as the ‘Gay Rat Wedding.’

Some of the trending content focuses on calling out homophobia, while others are based on how funny the term is.

Woman’s crazy outfit choice to LGBT ceremony

A recent situation has gained a lot of attention online after a woman planned to wear a dress based on the ‘Gay Rat Wedding’ meme to an LGBT wedding celebration.

Her partner then revealed his discomfort regarding her outfit plans and took to Reddit for a wider opinion as to whether or not he was wrong in doing this.

A user named @harleygfproblem shared the dilemma in a specific subreddit, asking “AITA for not letting my girlfriend wear her “unique” dress to a wedding?”

The partner began to explain that his girlfriend, Nat, has a very particular sense of style, “very much like Harper Finkle from Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Harper Finkle is a fictional character on the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place, played by Jennifer Stone, best known on the show for her outrageous fashion ensembles that she designs herself.

WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE - "The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex" - Jennifer Stone stars as Harper Finkle on Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" Special. ((Photo by Craig Sjodin/Disney Channel via Getty Images))
(Photo by Craig Sjodin/Disney Channel via Getty Images

@harleygfproblem described the dress in question as being “full of little stuffed rats, pride flags and a big ‘I SUPPORT GAY RATS’ on the front.”

Debate sparked online

The subreddit referred to as AITA, an acronym for ‘AmItheA**hole’, is an online community where users post situations that they were part of to receive judgement.

Participants in the comment section then decide whether to judge them with the ratings of ‘YTA’ (you’re the a**hole), ‘NTA’ (not the a**hole), ‘ESH’ (everyone sucks here) or ‘NAH’ (no a**holes here).

Over on Twitter, a separate account named @AITA_online shared a screenshot of the Reddit post and sparked the discussion in a thread.

Some users suggest that the original poster, @harleygfproblem, was in the wrong by questioning why the man was telling his partner how to dress.

However, others believe that it was wrong of the wedding attendee to suggest the crazy outfit.

In a Twitter poll that includes all rating variations, ‘NTA – GF is’ has received the most votes as of yet, on 29th January, arguing that the girlfriend is at fault.

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