Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Fred and Barney


Ahh, this is such a funny article. It is a work of satire, but it sounds like something our friends James Dobson or Jerry Falwell might really pull someday.

Flintstones Are ‘Way Too Gay’
Fred and Barney should be banned because they are virtually inseparable, are never seen wearing pants and live together in the suggestively-named town of Bedrock, complains a conservative activist
By Andy Borowitz
Updated: 12:51 p.m. ET Feb. 8, 2005

Feb. 8 - The ongoing campaign against alleged gay icons in animated cartoons continued today as a newly formed conservative group demanded that television stations stop broadcasting "The Flintstones" at once.

Harland Devane, leader of the group Focus on the Flintstones, said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. today that his organization was issuing the demand because, "Quite simply, everything about 'The Flintstones' is way too gay."

The conservative activist distributed a memo itemizing over 50 ways in which the self-styled "modern Stone Age family" series promotes homosexuality, but left little doubt that most of his concerns centered on the relationship between the two main characters, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.

"Their relationship is more flagrantly homosexual than anything in Oliver Stone's 'Alexander,'" Devane said.

He pointed out that Fred and Barney are virtually inseparable, are never seen wearing pants and live together in the suggestively-named town of Bedrock.

He also noted that the two men work together at a quarry wearing hard hats and construction garb, an oblique reference to the construction worker in the classic disco band "The Village People."

"Do I believe they are gay icons?" Mr. Devane said. "I abba-dabba-do."

He added that Focus on the Flintstone's efforts will not stop at banning the cartoon series from U.S. television stations, telling reporters that the group is also "taking a close look" at Flintstone-related consumer products such as Flintstone vitamins and cereal.

"We are very uncomfortable with Fruity Pebbles," he said.

Elsewhere, President Bush announced a budget of $2.57 trillion, most of which will go to paying for last month's inauguration.


Seth said...

Nice to see we're still trying to 'keep the gay down.' :)

'Blessed are those who spend their days hunting for gay characters in popular television programming, for no gay man will ever hit on THEM.'

Richie said...

There is a nice group of gay tv characters, i think they almost have enough to have their own association.

Tinky Winky, Bert and Ernie, Spongebob, etc...

the GTVC group...I can see it now... James Dobson will be sleepless for months

Seth said...

So what do you think of Marge Simpson's sister Patti coming out of the closet?

On the heels of SpongeBob (who's only alegedy gay) I'm sure LaHaye thinks the Rapture's right around the...


Just kidding. :)

I think Smithers will be next... he's always had that pseudo-sexual crush thing going on with 'ole man Burns.

rheimbro said...

pseudo-sexual crush? Smithers has been longing for Burnsie more than a Cher fan awaits her next farewell tour