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Teletubbies ‘not gay’ says Laa-Laa

Teletubbies ‘not gay’ says Laa-Laa

The actress who played Laa-Laa in Britain’s cult children’s TV show the Teletubbies insists the colorful characters were not gay, putting an end to years of rumors.

Nikki Smedley broke her silence over Laa-Laa, Tinky Winky, Dipsy and Po’s sexuality to the Birmingham Mail.

‘I think it’s embarrassing for the people who said it,’ she said.

‘What kind of person can take the obvious innocence and turn it into something else? We were hardly sexual beings.’

The Teletubbies became an overnight success for the BBC during the 1990s, with millions of children tuning in to watch.

However, in 1999, evangelical US pastor Jerry Falwell claimed Tinky Winky was a ‘gay role model’ because he carried what looked like a woman’s handbag and warned parents he could be a covert homosexual symbol because ‘he is purple, the gay pride colour and his antenna is shaped like a triangle’.

The BBC denied the show had any connotations to sexuality.