When Tinky Winky was accused of making gay propaganda
Tinky Winky caught the eye of American conservative activist and televangelist Jerry Falwell in 1999 when the purple teletubby appeared on the show carrying a red purse.
Pairing this with other evidence such as “He’s purple – the color of gay pride; and its antenna is shaped like a triangle – the symbol of gay pride”, Falwell claimed that the creators of the program wanted it to be a gay model and was therefore “detrimental to the moral lives of children”. .
The BBC replied “Tinky Winky is just a sweet tech baby with a magic bag”, while the head of the show’s production company, Kenn Viselman, said Tinky Winky was “not gay”. He’s not straight. He’s just a character in a children’s series. I think we should just let the Teletubbies go play Teletubbyland and not try to define them.
When they danced to Beyoncé in Britain’s Got Talent
Yes, you read that right. Earlier in 2022, the Teletubbies reunited with their former record label owner Simon Cowell (who helped them achieve their number one in 1997), when they arrived on England has an incredible talent audition. Their number consisted of dancing to the rhythm of Beyoncé Single women and One Direction Best song of all timemuch to the delight of the public and the judges.
Simon Cowell said: “I feel very moved, we’ve had a lot of success together…it’s like a reunion,” prompting a classic Teletubby “big hug” moment (just to give you a heads-up, in case you don’t have not yet watched the clip and are triggered by extreme recoil).
A reunion, and now a reboot. It looks like 2022 really is the year Teletubbies say ‘eh-oh’ again.