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The Flintstones Misconception

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

Graphic Design App – Canva

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