Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tinky-Winky, Revisited

Those looking for evidence of the transmigration of souls may have to look no farther than this news item, which comes just days after the death of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell:

The spokesperson for children's rights in Poland, Ewa Sowinska, singled out Tinky Winky, the purple character with a triangular aerial on his head.

"I noticed he was carrying a woman's handbag," she told a magazine. "At first, I didn't realise he was a boy."
Perhaps the new soul failed to take root, as Ms. Sowinska has reversed her stance, according to Washington Post blogger Emil Steiner:
On Tuesday, her spokesperson announced that Sowinska "hasn't asked and won't ask" psychologists to investigate whether "Teletubbies" promote homosexuality in young viewers. Much like Jerry Falwell's 1999 battle against the colorful, rotund creatures, Sowinska was essentially laughed into defeat after suggesting mental health professionals should analyze the sexual orientation of what is essentially a puppet. As the roars of laughter and criticism, (even from her own party) poured in Sowinska was forced to make a hasty retreat which came in the following statement: "They are fictional characters, they have nothing to do with reality, and the bag and scissors and other props the fictional characters use are there to create a fictional world that speaks to children... We are not going to deal with this issue any more."
Too bad. We could have got laughs out of this one for weeks.

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