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

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.
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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.


WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Andy Borowitz
C 2005 Newsweek, Inc.



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