Polish official who accused Tinky Winky of being gay resigns

Adam Lake April 22, 2008
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A Polish official who questioned the sexuality of Teletubbies character, ‘Tinky Winky’ has resigned from office.

Eva Sowinska last year said she would ask psychologists to investigate whether the purse-carrying character was gay and promoted homosexuality. Her office later dropped the issue.

Miss Sowinska was a member of the militantly anti-gay and anti-abortion League of Polish Families.

The party was a junior coalition partner in Poland’s previous government but lost its seats in parliament in an election last year.

Tinky Winky is the largest of the Teletubbies, with a triangular antenna on his head. He is also found dancing in a ballet-style tutu from time to time, which is also often worn by Laa-Laa.

In an unrelated incident reported in 2000, a girl’s Tinky Winky toy reportedly said “I got a gun”.

Kenn Viselman, then chairman of the Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co., claimed the toy actually said “Again, again!”, a catchphrase from the show.

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