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This week, after reading that the candy company Mars Wrigley was putting its new female candy characters “on pause” because they’d disrupted the peace of a polarized population, I was reminded of another purple character that became symbolic of much that was wrong with the world to some pundits.

In early 1999, when my friend was allowed to carry an antique 6-foot spear on board a plane because it didn’t fit in his luggage, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. made headlines for warning that a dumpling-shaped TV character forged in the U.K. was promoting a gay lifestyle to children. Falwell saw Tinky Winky, a manly purple “Teletubby” with a triangle on his head and a cute red handbag, as a danger. (For those raised

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