RE: Falwell (was: )

Vandergraaf, Chuck (vandergraaft@aecl.ca)
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 00:02:01 -0500

James,

You are right; one needs to go to the source to see what Falwell has said
and in what context he said it. He may well have a point with the
teletubbies; the entertainment industry certainly has its agenda. However,
even though Falwell may believe that the Antichrist could be Jewish, one has
to wonder whether that bit of information is relevant enough to risk
offending one group or another.

Chuck Vandergraaf

> > What has he done now?
>
> While I tend to dislike much of what Falwell does, I was a bit
> intrigued about our local media report (concerninf Falwell) which ended
> with a note that Falwell denied the accusation.
>
> So, I found the article in question online, at
> (http://www.liberty.edu/chancellor/nlj/feb99/politics2.htm)
>
> It was *much* less accusatory than was reported on TV: much was a
> take-off on a WASHINGTON POST editorial on Tinky Winky being a homosexual
> symbol.
>
> Elsewhere I noted a press release by the guy, at
> http://www.falwell.com/jf2/state2.html
>
> The press release noted other comments on Tinky Winky:
>
> - The Washington Post published an editorial last month categorizing
> gay actress Ellen DeGeneres as "out" and "Tinky Winky, the gay teletubby"
> as "in" (Jan. 1, 1999).
>
> - Time magazine, in an article on transsexuals, states that "in the
> past five years, several movies, plays, tabloid shows and famous
> cross-dressers like RuPaul have moved drag from the fringes of gay culture
> to prime time. Even Teletubbies, a show for toddlers, features Tinky
> Winky, a boy who carries a red patent-leather purse" (July 20, 1998).
>
> - A Dec. 28, 1998 People magazine article states that "gay men have
> made the purse-toting Tinky Winky a camp icon."
>
>
> So, while I've little respect for the WP, TIME mag, and PEOPLE as
> sources of accurate news, and I don't find Falwell's article to be very
> good, I did find that the mainline media "doth protest too much."
>
> The complete section of Falwell's Mational Liberty Journal is
> cited below.
>
> Yours in Christ, | ----Solo Christus----
> James | In faith and in science,
> James K. Gruetzner <jkgruet@unm.edu> | All truth is God's truth.
> "A bruised reed he will not break; a smoldering wick he will not snuff
> out."
>
>
> Tinky Winky Comes Out of the Closet
>
> The sexual preference of Tinky Winky, the largest of the four
> Teletubbies stations, has been the subject of debate since the series
> premiered in England in 1997.
>
> The character, whose voice is obviously that of a boy, has been found
> carrying a red purse in many episodes and has become a favorite character
> among gay groups worldwide.
>
> Now, further evidence that the creators of the series intend for Tinky
> Winky to be a gay role model have surfaced. He is purple -- the gay-pride
> color; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle -- the gay-pride symbol.
>
>
> Furthering Tinkys outing was a recent Washington Post editorial that
> cast the characters photo opposite that of Ellen DeGeneres in an In/Out
> column. This implies that Ellen is out as the chief national gay
> representative, while Tinky Winky is the trendy in celebrity.
>
>
> These subtle depictions are no doubt intentional and parents are
> warned to be alert to these elements of the series. However, many families
> are allowing the series to entertain their children. In the January 10
> Blockbuster Hit List of the top-ten selling videos, two Teletubbies titles
> appeared on the list. The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company will release
> interactive Teletubbies dolls in March.
>
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