Poland’s conservative government believes Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies may be homosexual propaganda. In comments reminiscent of homophobia by the late U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell, a government-appointed children rights watchdog was quoted as saying: “I noticed (Tinky Winky) has a lady’s purse, but I didn’t realize he’s a boy. At first I thought the purse would be a burden for this Teletubby. Later I learned that this may have a homosexual undertone.”
Concerned that the popular BBC children’s show promotes homosexuality, the Polish government’s children’s rights group is asking psychologists to advise if this is the case. But in a sign that the government wants to distance itself from the recent revelation, the Parliamentary Speaker said he had warned against making public comments that may turn the rights group into a laughing stock.
The 10-year-old Teletubbies, which features four rotund, brightly colored characters loved by children around the world, became a target of religious conservatives after Falwell suggested Tinky Winky could be gay.
Poland’s rightist government has recently upset human rights groups and drawn criticism within the European Union by apparent discrimination against homosexuals.