Imagine a tragic tale of a group of actors, once beloved by millions, undertake a historic fall from grace. These performers performers were subject to public humiliation, accusations of homosexuality and have been removed from the public spotlight for years. The story-arc that I have described for the most part isn’t completely out of the ordinary, but who am I really talking about? The TeleTubbies of course.
Last year, I was taking English 223: Creative Writing, and I was asked to recreate a childhood character in a poetry exercise in a new light. My poem’s goal was to highlight an unhighlighted history of these past beloved children show characters. I thought of what a Teletubby might look like years after his demise from stardom. The once physically fit performer with a trim television stomach has now grown fat and boasts a large wide screen on his chest. In denial of his current situation as a rented television set, the star looks at the eyes watching him and mistakes them for those he entertained years ago. He is not an appliance. He is an actor, a visionary. But one day, he realizes his worth and the reality of the situation he is. Its over…
Yes, I know it’s ridiculous… but the word reality when completing this poem stuck with me. I was fascinated diving into the world of hypotheticals in analyzing these child stars, yet I think I can go deeper. For my repurposing project, I plan to write an essay that offers both a socio economic analysis and psychoanalysis of these characters and the effects of their demise and homosexuality, under the assumption if they were humans and real.
The end result, ideally, will be an essay that completes and satisfies my crazy analysis of these fuzzy children show stars.