“Buster” Family Turns Lesbianism into Lemonade
The now-famous two-mother Vermont family that once hosted an afternoon with Buster is going strong – and has polished the silver lining of the Buster contoversy.
Emma, the girl who had a chat with Buster during the episode – and who has two moms – was initially shocked when she heard that the program might not air. “She was told it’s not going to run,” said Mom #1, “and it’s not because you didn’t do a good job. It’s because the government officials don’t think your family is appropriate for other kids to know about.”
Her best friend Lily, who also has two moms, was shocked as well: “It’s not unnormal, is it?”
After the dust settled a bit, Emma had interviews with the New York Times and The Washington Post.
According to the Portland Press Herald:
The irony of the flap over the show is that it has drawn far more attention to the lives of the two families than the show itself probably would have had it aired as planned.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed to this story . . This is a much bigger issue than ‘Does Buster get to run?’ ” [Emma’s mother, Karen] Pike said.
“They realize now that this was much bigger,” Pike said of how the children’s disappointment and anger has given them a chance to speak publicly. “Not only did they get to show off Vermont, they got to make a statement.”
In the Portland Press Herald.