Una Mullally

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The Teletubbies weren’t gay, now stop sexualising random TV characters

Laa-Laa speaks! Nikky Smedley who played Laa-Laa weighs in on that ridiculous argument in an interview with the Birmingham Mail. Reading what she’s saying now kind of makes the whole debacle over whether the Telletubbies were going to actually have …

Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 11:10

   

Laa-Laa speaks! Nikky Smedley who played Laa-Laa weighs in on that ridiculous argument in an interview with the Birmingham Mail. Reading what she’s saying now kind of makes the whole debacle over whether the Telletubbies were going to actually have some real life impact on the sexuality of children seem a bit silly.

There’s a long history of people speculating over the sexual orientation of giant teddybears and sponges who live in pineapples under the sea, as if the characters could actually break out of the television screen and start scrolling wistfully through Guardian Soulmates. The past-time of projecting sexuality on to puppets is generally the preserve of stoned students and the American Christian right, the latter of which spend far too much of their lives burning Harry Potter books and questioning the lifestyles of off-duty Power Rangers.

But at least this argument has been settled. Now let’s go run around giant grassy hills chasing rabbits and dining on pink custard.