top2.gif - 6.71 K

bannerbot.gif - 8.68 K

tinky5.jpg - 13.73 K
Rev. Jerry Falwell,
Southern Baptist,
'Outs' Tinky Winky

Says Children's
TV Character
Damages Nation's Morality

Televangelist Trumpets
Tirade Against
'The Teletubbies'

Compiled By GayToday

tinkypride.gif - 11.61 K Washington,D.C. -- Tinky Winky, a character in a children's show, the Teletubbies, was outed by former Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell who warns parents in the February edition of the National Liberty Journal that the "technological baby" might be gay.

The Teletubbies is a British children's show that began airing on U.S. public television stations last spring. The Teletubbies are played by actors in large, brightly colored costumes. They all have television screens on their tummies.

"Jerry Falwell's paranoia about gay people has reached a new and ludicrous high water mark," said HRC Communications Director David M. Smith.

falwell.gif - 10.53 K Jerry Falwell "As farcical as it might sound, Falwell's latest ranting has serious consequences. He continues to demean and insult gay people, which continues to foster a divisive environment in this country that sometimes leads to violence."

Falwell justified his outing in his publication by claiming that Tinky Winky has the voice of a boy but carries a purse. "He is purple -- the gay-pride color; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle -- the gay-pride symbol."

Falwell argues the "subtle depictions" are intentional and issued a statement Tuesday that said, "As a Christian I feel that role modeling the gay lifestyle is damaging to the moral lives of children."

Bob Kunst of the Oral Majority responded, "Falwell is the Ugly American Teletubby."

Log Cabin Republicans said Falwell's outburst signaled the political deterioration of social conservativism on the national political stage, further heightening the urgent need for the Republican Party leadership to move away from the far right and its leaders.

Related Stories from the GayToday Archive:
Jerry Falwell Encourages Anti-Gay Ad Campaign

Jerry Falwell Gets Bible Wrong on 'Politically Incorrect'

Southern Baptists Vote Boycott of Disney

Related Sites:
Teletubbies Official Site
GayToday does not endorse related sites.

"How much more embarrassment will it take for the Republican leadership to move away from these people?" said Richard Tafel, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans. "I have advice for all the Republican officials who were shaking their heads when they read about this today. How about you stop inviting Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to speak at our conventions from now on?"

Carole Shields, President of the People for the American Way Foundation said: "Jerry Falwell is no longer taken seriously in the political arena, so now he has to go after cartoon characters. If Tinky Winky the Teletubby cannot measure up to Mr. Falwell's standards of morality, than who among us can? A quick review of cartoon characters reveals that Barney is purple --is he next on Rev. Falwell's list? The simple truth is that despite Tinky Winky's and Barney's purpleness, they deserve the same love and support enjoyed by other cartoon characters."

An Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co., spokesperson, which licenses the Teletubbies in the United States, said the purse is actually Tinky Winky's magic bag.

David M. Smith, of the The Human Rights Campaign, assured the world's parents that their children would not become gay because of the subversive effects of the color purple, nor the flaunting of triangles, nor the hauling about of magic bags.
tnkyad.gif - 35.87 K

bannerbot.gif - 8.68 K
© 1997-99 BEI