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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Put down that handbag!

Yes, the rest of us all knew Twinky Winky was a gay icon, but as many of you have gathered, Poland's politicians have adopted it as the latest non-issue to get their knickers in a twist over. The big purple tellytubby with a triangle on his head has (gasp!) a handbag! Quick! Cover the eyes of all Polish babies! They might catch the homo bug!

Luckily, not all Poles are convinced by all this ridiculous obsession with gay people trying to 'infect' the rest of us, and yesterday's paper published a sweet little survey. They asked Polish people whether a number of issues reported in the foreign media were making foreigners
a. laugh at Poland?
b. not change their impression of Poland either way?
c. endear Poland to them?

The teletubby fiasco got 80% of respondents saying other countries were laughing at Poland. At least we are nearly all aware. That's something.

The other three issues also had at least half of the respondents pointing out how ridiculous many of Poland's politicians are:

- The Prime Minister admitting he has no bank account (preferring to use his mother's...) because someone might put lots of money in it and accuse him of corruption - 71%
- MEP Giertych refuting Darwin's theory of evolution - 59%
- Education minister Giertych banning 'homosexual propoganda' in schools (yes, MEP Giertych's son, see the family resemblance?) - 50%

That last one is interesting though, because although the others only had single digit numbers of people saying the issue would endear Poland to foreigners, for the homosexual propoganda in schools issue, as many as 12% thought it would make the people of other nations think 'oh, look, Poland's a jolly good country! No homosexual propoganda in schools! Too damn right.'

Meanwhile, this country carries on down this merry little route it is headed.

While I feel terribly sorry for the man concerned, and wouldn't dream of laughing at a sick man, it has a certain poignancy that the health minister has just announced that he is suffering from cancer.

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Anonymous Kinuk said...

This is the time when, if you're Polish and living abroad, you hide your passport under the matterace. Oh, what a week! What an embarrassment!

As per the health minister...somebody told me that his cancer is not due to smoking (though he used to go through as many as 5 packs a day) and that his particular tumor is not caused by cigarettes. Yeah, but I don't think the smoking helped.

*sigh*...what a week!

At least we haven't got a Creationism Museum. Yet.

9:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said... should not laugh about mr.Religa .He is a great man.

9:44 pm  
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9:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and finally 3.

9:57 pm  
Blogger Edward said...

1. I don't see what that has to do with the belief that using your mother's bank account immunises you against corruption. That's pretty funny.

2. The article's a pretty funny, but certainly doesn't support Falwell's allegations. If you read it, it's satire.

3. This pretty funny, but the puritanical sure are perverted. Two-year-olds laugh at bums. They laugh at tickling. Tickling bums? Well that's just hilarious, prime pre-schooler entertainment. To assert this is promoting some kind homosexuality is laughable. (Anyway, isn't the "gay" one tickling the giggling little girl one? That's robust, hetero intimidation, surely?)

Infants and toddlers are not sexually aware. You're talking about people who are stripped and wiped down on a regular basis.

10:22 am  
Blogger Edward said...

sorry bout the typos. I is tired :)

10:23 am  

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