October 2nd, 2005

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Barney's not anatomically correct & not sexually active. He's a dinosaur puppet, for God's sake.

Cartoons inspire comical responses

By INA HUGHS
September 6, 2005

They're calling it Toongate.

SpongeBob SquarePants is a saltwater sponge. Tinky Winky is a bear. Barney is a purple dinosaur. And Big Bird is, well, a big bird.

Each one of these cartoon characters has over the past few years been chastised for either being homosexual or of being "homosexual friendly."

Maybe it was Jerry Falwell who started the whole silly business when he announced a while back that PBS's British-import pre-school cartoon character Tinky Winky was, of all things, gay: Shame on Tinky, and shame on PBS and shame on any mom who would subject her innocent little one to visions of Tinky and his gay lifestyle.
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James Dobson went after Nickelodeon's SpongeBobSquarePants because SpongeBob (as well as Big Bird) appeared in a kid-friendly video remake of the 1979 hit "We are Family" that Dobson and his disciples saw as "pro-homosexual" since it shows children being tolerant and respectful of others, despite differences of race, class, ethnic, religious or -- horrors! -- sexual orientation. Dobson didn't like that idea. Some people, and we all know which ones, don't deserve Dobson's good Christian treatment. The video came in the aftermath of 9/11, and, as described by producer, Nile Rogers, was sent to schools in hopes of promoting "multiculturalism and unity."

I agree with a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times who wrote that anyone who damned a cartoon sponge for having gay friends "should get down on their knees to do penance for preposterous thoughts."
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