Lib Mag Guardian: Thomas the Tank Engine is Racist Because Good Engines Pump White Smoke and Evil Trains Black Smoke
It must be really tough being a liberal, what with the constant need to see racism and sexism and victimization in everything, no matter how menial. The latest victim of liberal projection? Thomas the Tank Engine, which is indoctrinating kids to be racist through secret train smoke messages, or something.
There are many terrible children’s programs through which parents must suffer during their child’s young life. For every Sesame Street, there is an annoying Caillou or an acid-trippy Yo Gabba Gabba. But Thomas and Friends is — or was — the one show with enough subversive messages to make me turn it off for good. […]
But there was one particular episode that caused me to put the brakes on Thomas for good. It revolved around James, a red engine who is described in the opening credits as “vain but lots of fun.” (Wait, it’s OK to be vain if you can show others a good time occasionally? Great — that’s going in my Parenting 101 book.) In the episode “Tickled Pink”, poor vain James, is ordered by Topham Hat to get a new coat of paint. But while James has only had an undercoat of pink slathered on, Topham Hatt interrupts and demands that James go pick up Hatt’s granddaughter and deliver her and her friends to a birthday party right now.
James is mortified that he has to travel while pink and proceeds to hide from all the other trains along the way. When he’s caught, the other trains — including Thomas — viciously laugh and mock him.
“What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke — and they are all pumping out smoke — it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)
But once James gets back on the rails and picks up Granddaughter Hatt and her friends, all seemingly ends well because the girls love pink.
Well guess what? It’s not OK. You think a little boy watching Thomas is going to file away the lesson that pink is OK for boys? No, what kids remember is that James was laughed at, cruelly, over and over again, because he looked different and was clad in a “girly” pink color.
Remember, the person who wrote this drivel got paid to do so by their liberal editor at the Guardian, which may be the most depressing part — the author is getting paid to be so stupid, and evidently, no one along the way stopped and thought, Wow, this is really insane. Liberals are turning themselves into walking caricatures, exaggerated laughingstock versions of their worst selves, and the really sad part is that they have no idea.
Also see: Politically Correct Fairy Tales