what does this mean

Homophobia is bad

so this whole spiel was a really baffling time in television and it just kinda fell off the map? it was all over the news and then it just disappeared from one day to the next and like no one under 20 seems to remember or have heard anything about it, this huge media scandal over a kids show character.

if you weren’t old enough to get dragged into conversations about this, what happened was a bunch of hyper conservative parents got their panties in a twist about how one of the teletubbies (that jovial purple hanger up there) had a big plastic purse it carried around and well…used? as a bag? like purses are used for? and that was bad. because some of them are BOY teletubbies, purple dude included. 

so some dudebro wrote a huge news article about how this red bag carrying gremlin creature was a ‘homosexual role model’ (for real) and suggested this particular fellow was a ‘covert homosexual icon’ (really real things being said here) citing his purple color in relation to the gay pride colors and that the gay pride symbol is a triangle much like that dopey little handle bar on his dopey little head (a serious thought being said out loud for real)

it even went so far that an ‘investigation’ (spooky) was done with a child psychologist who probably told everyone to shut up and go home

1999 was a wild time 

never forget that an ability to even HEADCANON a children’s character as gay was a source of moral panic in mainstream media just 17 years ago

I remember this actually. I remember my neighbor friend’s younger brother wasn’t allowed to watch the show specifically because of this. It was weird shit and it’s unbelievable how it wasn’t even that long ago.

Yeah I actually remember this pretty clearly, just shows the age gap of users here. I was 12 when this happened while some of you WEREN’T EVEN BORN.

Also all this shows how moral panic will literally make no sense to anyone except those that lived through it. In 17 years we went from freaking out about a character being in the loosen sense coded as gay in kid’s media to having openly romantically involved gay characters in cartoons. In another 17 years I’m sure the same will apply to all those trans panic images right now floating about regarding using public washrooms. Hell if we’re real lucky all those political images about police violence will be completely nonsensical to people in 17 years too.