Teletubbies in Polish 'gay' probe
ITN - Tuesday, May 29 08:59 am
A Polish government watchdog has said it wants to investigate if the Teletubbies promote homosexuality.
Ewa Sowinska, who deals with children rights, said she would ask psychologists to advise if this was the case in the BBC children's show.
She was quoted as saying: "I noticed (Tinky Winky) has a lady's purse, but I didn't realise 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."
Poland's conservative government has upset human rights groups and drawn criticism within the EU by apparent discrimination against homosexuals.
But parliamentary speaker Ludwig Dorn said he had warned Sowinska against making public comments "that may turn her department into a laughing stock."
The Teletubbies became a target of religious conservatives in 1999 after the late US evangelist Jerry Falwell suggested Tinky Winky could be homosexual.
Haha I love Poland... so conservative.