Childhood Icons Barney & Tinky Winky: 1 Dead - 1 is now a Sex Guru!

Tinky Winky!

British actor SIMON SHELTON died unexpectedly last week, at the age of 52.  There aren't many details, but neighbors told the British tabloids that he may have died of hypothermia after collapsing in the street.

Simon played TINKY WINKY . . . the purple TELETUBBY . . . from 1997 until that horrifying, nightmare-inducing show ended in 2001.

Simon wasn't the first Tinky Winky, though.  Another actor was hired to play the character, but was quickly let go because, quote, "his interpretation of the role was not acceptable."  (???)

As you might remember, Tinky Winky was the so-called GAY Teletubby.  At least according to televangelist Jerry Falwell . . . because he was PURPLE, and his antenna was in the shape of a triangle, which he called a "gay pride symbol."  (The Sun)

Check out 11 Really Weird Facts About the Teletubbies, including this one:  They were HUGE.  They were around 10 feet tall, and even the little guy, Po, was six feet.



From 1991 to 2001, DAVID JOYNER had a pretty sweet hustle.  He was BARNEY THE FREAKIN' DINOSAUR.  All he had to do was put on a costume, run around with some kids, and GET PAID.

But what he's doing now tops that by a mile.  You see, David Joyner is a "tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer" . . . which means that he basically has sex with people to "unlock their blocked energy."

His sessions last 3 to 4 hours and cost $350 each.  He only works with women, and he has about 30 clients right now, whom he calls his goddesses. 

The goal is for the women to achieve a mind-blowing release, which he says CAN be done through massage alone.  But it sounds like he prefers it the old-fashioned way.

(Careful)  He says, quote, "When the lingam [penis] and the yoni [vagina] meet, there's a certain energy that takes place that hands on the body alone cannot create." Now imagine that sentence in Barney's voice.

David also isn't a fan of condoms, because they, quote, "block the energy."  If all of this sounds a little sketchy to you, you're not alone.  Several tantric experts question his need to have sex with "patients" . . . especially without protection.  You can read more about Joyner's practice, and those who disagree with it, here.

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