From the Washington Post today:
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.
I remember this ‘concern’ being around when I was a kid- when the Teletubbies first came onto our screens. Right-wing paternalists have flaunted their rage at various homosexuals including Noddy, Spongebob Squarepants, Winnie the Pooh, and, oh, why not pounce on every childrens show for promoting a homosexual lifestyle as favourable, happy, and fun.
I wonder if they’ve ever thought…actually, let’s try that again, I’m sure they haven’t…
It seems to me that maybe the problem that these conservatives have lies amongst their own preconceptions of what children like in the first place…if they conceive childrens’ interests as being happy, jovial, and yes, even camp characters, and characters that fit such a mould are created in order to keep these kids happy, then of course they are going to then find fault with the sexual orientation of characters.
So, those concerned with ‘children’s rights’, as they claim to be, either need to stop endorsing the ideas in the first place that kids are going to be entertained by campiness and find something else to entertain them (perhaps a lethargic, grumpy, aggressive shoe or something), or else decide that, yes, kids find happy characters amusing and, maybe, will learn from Tinky-Winky that they too can use a bag to carry stuff around in (alas! childrens’ entertainment as educational?!).
But something tells me that they won’t. These retentive groups will always need something that they can drive their stick at; their only survival method is to continually find liberals who they can crush and grind into dust.
Maybe…slightly angry…slightly left-wing…