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State Defunds PBS Citing ‘Indoctrination and Sexualization of Children’

State Defunds PBS Citing ‘Indoctrination and Sexualization of Children’

( – Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is defending his decision to refuse to fund the state’s lone Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) station against criticism from the national media because it exposes kids to sexualized content and indoctrinates them with gender ideology.

Gov. Stitt explained and defended his decision to reject a bill last week that would have funded the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) through 2026 in a video interview with Fox News Digital that was released on Monday.

Stitt states, “it’s just really problematic when you look at all of the programming that’s happening and the indoctrination and oversexualization of our children.”

The governor continued, “It doesn’t align with Oklahoma values,” so the state’s taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill.”

Examples of PBS programming that the governor’s office has deemed unpleasant to parents and inappropriate for children include:

  • A segment of “Let’s Learn” featured a drag queen named Lil Miss Hot Mess reading a children’s book called “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.” (available on, BTW).
  • A “PBS Newshour” segment touted parents’ support for various gender care treatments, including puberty blockers.
  • A gay character featured in “Work It Out Wombats,” which airs on OETA.
  • PBS Kids’ “Clifford the Big Red Dog” featuring LGBTQ characters.
  • Pride Month programming aired on OETA, including a special about a town of Christians and drag queens who “step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes,” and
  • A same-sex wedding featured on PBS Kids’ “Odd Squad.”

Gov. Stitt states, “Let’s educate them to read, their numbers, counting, alphabet, and things of that nature. When you think about educating kids. The governor noted that networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. that don’t rely on government dollars are free to pick up the series if they think they’ll be popular.”

While the veto has drawn criticism from liberal legacy media like MSNBC, who label Gov. Stitt’s attempt to safeguard children as “anti-LGBTQ censorship,” Oklahoma is not the only state that does not support PBS.

According to research by Current, a nonprofit news organization, 15 states currently do not subsidize public media:

  • Arizona (cut in 2020)
  • Colorado, Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire (ended in 2012)
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania (ended in 2021)
  • Rhode Island (ended in 2012)
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • and Washington (all ended in 2012)

According to Tulsa World, “OETA will stop operating this year unless two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate join together to override the governor’s veto.”

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