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Posted by V the K at 3:12 pm - December 22, 2017.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

The most busted name in news laments that popular children’s programs promote “fascism.”

Two of the most divisive shows are “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Paw Patrol,” both of which have been eviscerated by grown-ups on discussion boards, in social media and in widely shared essays in prestigious publications.
“Thomas,” the long-running television franchise about a group of working trains chugging away on the Island of Sodor, has been called a “premodern corporate-totalitarian dystopia” in the New Yorker, imperialist and sinister in Slate, and classist, sexist and anti-environmentalist in the Guardian. And yet people — presumably parents — spend $1 billion on “Thomas” merchandise every year.
“Paw Patrol” is equally polarizing. The show, about a group of rescue dogs led by a boy named Ryder, is a regular source of complaint among parents and of adoration among their kids. Buzzfeed called the show “terrible” and pointed to instances of gender and social inequality that go unchecked on the show.

Once again, are you… or are you not… happy that your entire life isn’t spent analyzing all forms of media for messages that run counter to politically correct social dogma and then going to internet to pontificate about it?

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9 Comments

  1. Seriously, do these people have no lives? And they go from complaining that tank engines are anti-environmental to criticizing a show where one of the dog”s superpowers is literally recycling?

    Comment by Karen — December 22, 2017 @ 3:44 pm - December 22, 2017

  2. And seriously, Buzzfeed, you couldn’t set the bar any lower.

    Comment by Pawfurbehr — December 22, 2017 @ 4:10 pm - December 22, 2017

  3. I hope the people that write this tripe have no children, or if they do, abort them in the first trimester. It will be another generation of communists in our midst.

    Comment by davinci38 — December 22, 2017 @ 7:13 pm - December 22, 2017

  4. I’m just glad that I got to enjoy _The Little Engine That Could_, _Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel_, and _The Little Red Lighthouse_ without these idiot commies trying to ruin them for me.

    Comment by Conservative guy — December 22, 2017 @ 9:06 pm - December 22, 2017

  5. Fascism?? The Liberals are complaining about fascism? They need to look in the mirror and admit that one of their most beloved nerd-gasms is the very apex of fascism: the Star Trek universe. National Socialism on a trans-stellar scale, an soul-sucking dystopia where profit-motive has been banished by replicating-fiat, and the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the one.

    All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.

    Quark: I want you to try something for me. Take a sip of this.
    Garak: What is it?
    Quark: A human drink. It’s called root beer.
    Garak: I don’t know.
    { Garak scowls/snears }
    Quark: Come on. Aren’t you just a little bit curious?
    { Garak sighs, and cautiously drinks… }
    Quark: What do you think?
    Garak: It’s vile.
    Quark: I know. It’s so bubbly and cloying and happy.
    { Garak smiles slowly as Quark speaks }
    Garak: Just like the Federation.
    Quark: But you know what’s really frightening?
    If you drink enough of it, you begin to like it.
    Garak: It’s insidious.
    Quark: Just like the Federation.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — December 22, 2017 @ 11:44 pm - December 22, 2017

  6. Why can’t anything just be entertaining and fun anymore?

    Comment by TADFORD — December 23, 2017 @ 1:57 am - December 23, 2017

  7. “…on discussion boards, in social media and in widely shared essays in prestigious publications.” So not in the real world, then, but in the leftist echo-chamber.

    Comment by Hunter — December 23, 2017 @ 8:05 am - December 23, 2017

  8. From the New Yorker diatribe:

    It is clear from his work that Awdry (the creator of “Thomas the Tank engine”) disliked change, venerated order, and craved the administration of punishment.

    The same could be said for football, basketball, baseball, and political correctness.

    Comment by Heliotrope — December 23, 2017 @ 9:39 am - December 23, 2017

  9. “Once again, are you… or are you not… happy that your entire life isn’t …”

    I don’t know. All I know is that I love her.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DRsKU7dVAAE9MZW.jpg

    Comment by apple betty — December 23, 2017 @ 11:12 am - December 23, 2017

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