Tinky Winky and the TeleTubbies demonstrate what goes around, comes around. For those of you lucky enough to have forgotten the controversy from 1999, Tinky Winky, is a children's animated TV character who was alleged by evangelist Jerry Falwell, to be symbol of homosexuality. Based on rock solid evidence such as the character wearing a purple jump suit and sporting a triangleshaped antenna on his head, the claim of being a gay recruitment officer garnered a fair amount of press and paranoia. Fast forward 16 years and some of the same people who recognized the absurdity of symbolic threats have turned around and set their sights on the Confederate flag.
Warner Bros. announced that it is ending the production of toys and other replicas of The General Lee, the car from the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The iconic orange 1969 Dodge Charger is a symbol of the popular 1980's program, but because of the Confederate flag image on its roof, it is considered by some, to be a symbol of racial intolerance. The provocative Daisy Duke action figure is still available with no current outcry of it being a symbol of male chauvinism and there is no word yet of plans to pixelate The General Lee's flag in video episodes of the show, but we do have the technology to protect sensitive eyes.