Gay Dumbledore: Somewhere, Jerry Falwell Is Smiling

October 22nd, 2007 1:21 PM
"It’s a children’s show, folks. To think we would be putting sexual innuendo in a children’s show is kind of outlandish." -- spokesman for Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co., which licenses Teletubby characters in the United States.

Yeah, outlandish. I mean, how could anyone imagine there could be undisclosed gay characters in pop-culture materials for children? That Jerry Falwell, what a Christian conservative crank! We all remember how the MSM rightly unloaded on him when he suggested that the Teletubby Tinky Winky could be a hidden homosexual, because "he is purple, the gay pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle, the gay pride symbol." Not to mention that he carried a purse. What ridiculous speculation!

The New York Times, for example, in an article written shortly after Falwell's death, mocked him as having "spouted off" with his gay Teletubby theory, and CBS derided Falwell's "embarrassing misstep."

What's that? It now turns out that Dumbledore is gay? That guy who was the headmaster at Harry Potter's Hogwarts? Author J.K. Rowling said so herself?

Oh, well, that's different. According to the New York Times:

A gay headmaster at a British boarding school? The idea may not be particularly shocking to the literati or to those who have speculated on the Internet about the sexuality of Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and headmaster of Hogwarts, home to Harry Potter and his mates.

What? We shouldn't be shocked that British boarding school headmasters are gay? Sounds like sexual stereotyping to me. What's next, the Times telling us that we shouldn't be shocked by gay male window designers or figure skaters?

And while Falwell was thoroughly lambasted in the MSM for his suggestion, the Times tells us that Rowlings's revelation inspired "applause."

Somewhere, Jerry Falwell is smiling.

Aside: I don't know what a "guild," an "SSC" or a "PVP" is, though I suspect they're terms related to interactive gaming. But my ignorance didn't prevent me from finding No, Dumbledore, I will not join your Warcraft guild at Ace of Spades hilarious.