29 May 2007

Free Tinky Winky!

Poland to investigate Teletubbies amid homosexuality concerns
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 10:59 AM ET
CBC Arts

TV's colourful, gurgling Teletubbies will be investigated in Poland, after a government-appointed children's rights official raised concerns that the popular program advocates homosexuality.

In an interview with a local magazine, Ewa Sowinska said she is calling for psychologists to review the show — aimed at preschoolers — and recommend whether it should continue to be broadcast in Poland.

As with previous criticisms of the BBC-produced program (broadcast since 1997), the target is Teletubby Tinky Winky, the purple character topped with an inverted triangle aerial.
"I noticed [Tinky Winky] has a lady's purse, but I didn't realize he's a boy," Sowinska said in comments published Monday.
"At first I thought the purse would be a burden for this Teletubby…. Later I learned that this may have a homosexual undertone."

Over the years, European Union officials and human rights activists have criticized Poland's ruling conservative government for legislation that discriminates against homosexuals. For instance, the Education Ministry has proposed to fire teachers who promote a "homosexual lifestyle."

However, some government officials are distancing themselves from Sowinska's comments. Parliamentary Speaker Ludwig Dorn has warned Sowinska against making comments "that may turn her department into a laughing stock."

In 1999, U.S. evangelist and Christian right leader Rev. Jerry Falwell, who died earlier this month, also warned parents that Tinky Winky was a hidden symbol of homosexuality.

Poor Tinky Winky. He's been harrassed in the media so much in the past week. First references to Jerry Falwell, now the Poles. He's a hidden symbol of homosexuality because he's purple, has a triangle on his head and carries a purse? Do you think any five-year-old is going to figure that out, or is it only the adults who are taking this way over the edge? I don't see him playing pocket pool with the other Teletubbies. I would take that as an indication of promoting a gay lifestyle!


Jeff Skybar said...

Well, if you're a simple-minded idiot with a low or average I.Q.,I can see how these colors and shapes can lead a small child down the path to homosexuality. But isn't society all about the survival of the strongest, fittest.....and smartest? So make the dumb ones gay that way they won't reproduce. And looking around at the generation heading to the gay bars these days, I say that plan is working. Plus Reverend Falwell said he was, and a Reverend never lies...or has sex with alter boys.

Comfortable Chaos said...

How ridonkulous!

doug said...

If all these bible thumpers can come up with is Tinky-winky as a nexus of evil I say bring it on....If you've ever watched the show (only occasionally honest) I say that baby with the freaky smile that lives in the sun and watches all the teletubies play is the REAL source of trouble. I mean really living in that hot sun surely promotes Satanism. WATCH YOUR KIDS PEOPLE!

Anonymous said...

stupid. when JP watched this, he was 1 year old. 1! JP wasn't even walking at that age let alone figuring out his sexuality. well, i guess that's the result when Poland and Jerry Falwell agree on something.


RD said...

The baby sun on Teletubbies is creepy. It gives me nightmares. Homosexual nightmares.