For awhile today it seemed like the late Jerry Falwell was alive and well and living in Poland:
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s conservative government took its drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda to the small screen on Monday, taking aim at Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies.
Ewa Sowinska, government-appointed children rights watchdog, told a local magazine published on Monday she was concerned the popular BBC children’s show promoted homosexuality.
She said she would ask psychologists to advise if this was the case.
In comments reminiscent of criticism by the late U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell, she 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.”
Now that she’s become the laughing stock of the world, though, Sowinska seems to have backed off her comments:
On Tuesday, Sowinska’s spokeswoman Wieslawa Lipinska told The Associated Press that Sowinska “hasn’t asked and won’t ask” psychologists to investigate whether “Teletubbies” promote homosexuality.
“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,” Lipinska said. “We are not going to deal with this issue any more.”
That’s right, because now they’re going after Barney.