Extra like Teleflubbies: An try by the at all times colourful “Teletubbies” to advertise COVID-19 vaccinations on-line went horribly awry after followers noticed a serious blunder.
“We’re all vaxxed! Simply in time for a Tubby scorching summer season. Who’s prepared to return out & play?” reads the caption to the general public service announcement, which was posted July 7 to the official Twitter account of the “Teletubbies.” Initially aired on the BBC in 1997, the nostalgic children present — which featured 4 bombastically hued beings with TVs for tummies — was relaunched in 2015 for a contemporary viewers.
The tweet included pics of the colourful quartet — Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po — displaying their “COVID-19 Vaccination Tubby Playing cards.” These fictitious paperwork revealed that the creatures had gone to the “Dwelling Dome Clinic,” the place they acquired the made-up coronavirus jabs “Noo-nson & Noo-nson” and “AstraTubbica.”
Whereas seemingly innocuous, “Teletubbies” diehards couldn’t assist however discover a evident error within the vax tickets, which stated they have been born in 2003, six years after the sequence first aired.
“Wait… 2003? but you began in 1997. are the teletubbies time lords?” puzzled one disillusioned Twitter fan of the canonical disaster.
One other horrified fan wrote, “I believed Teletubbies have been millennials however by some means they’re gen z.”
“This suggests that there’s a couple of technology of Teletubbies, and each of them are sufficiently old to drink,” spluttered one other, in regards to the space-time continuum-splitting revelation.
And that wasn’t the PSA’s solely perceived “teleflub.”
One armchair apocalypticist accused the Teletubbies’ tweet of suggesting that the present “takes place on Earth throughout the present time interval” fairly than in Teletubbyland, a fictional grassy knoll populated by humongous bunnies. Not solely that however within the PSA’s actuality, “The Teletubbies are vulnerable to illness,” per the tweet.
One other fan posted a drawing depicting an alternate universe the place malevolent-looking Teletubbies feast on Barney’s stays whereas a demonic child face watches from above. They have been seemingly referencing the favored conspiracy idea relating to the present’s solar character, which supposedly takes on a satanic visage for a break up second every episode, thereby broadcasting subliminal messages to your youngsters.
The “Teletubbies” isn’t the one youngsters’s program to be accused of monkeying with their very own timeline.
In March, Twitter tore right into a current episode of “The Simpsons” for that includes a flashback sequence that depicted a 14-year-old Homer as an aspiring DJ within the Nineties. They stated it contradicted the Matt Groening cartoon’s prior episodes, which painting the Simpson household patriarch as a young person in 1974.
Nevertheless, Matt Selman, the Emmy-winning govt producer of “The Simpsons,” was fast to dismiss the hysteria.
“Continuity Alert: Sunday’s @TheSimpsons playfully re-interprets the present’s timeline to permit Homer to be a young person within the early ’90s,” he snarked of the presumed butterfly impact. ” ‘The Simpsons’ is a 32-year-old sequence the place the characters don’t age, so the ‘canon’ have to be elastic / contradictory / foolish.”
He added, “None of this occurred. It’s all made up. Each episode is its personal Groundhog Day that solely has [to] make sense for that story (if that).”