I picked up a lot of things wrong from TV. One of the ones from when I was a child (I think to do with Freddie Mercury being talked about on the news) was to do with The Flintstones television series.
From as far back as I can recall watching it, I made one major error with my perception of the show. As it turns out Fred and Barney/Wilma and Betty were not two gay couples pretending to be two married couples.
You may think that’s a really strange conclusion to come to, especially at a young age...
I present to you, the lyrics:
Flintstones, meet the Flintstones
They’re the modern stone age family
From the town of Bedrock
They’re a page right out of history
Let’s ride with the family down the street
Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet
When you’re with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time, a dabba doo time
We’ll have a gay old time...
No one told me “gay” also meant happy, to be honest that information probably would have helped. It genuinely blew my mind when my friend said to me a few years ago. Because I had had that impression so long that I just never thought to question it.
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Words – Ross A Fraser
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