The Left-Wing Newsrag ‘The Guardian’ publishes a piece in which the sensitive, enlightened, progressive author describes her heartbreaking heartache at the levels of intolerance and racism displayed by Thomas the Tank Engine.
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.
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.
And then she really loses it. [To get the full effect, imagine Kathy Bates shrieking the next passage at James Caan in Misery.)
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.
The author also thinks that the way diesel trains on Thomas the Tank Engine spew black smoke is clearly racist.
A young girl on Al-Aqsa TV’s “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” told a child host that she wants to grow up to be a policeman so she “can shoot Jews,” according to a translation of the May 2 episode by Palestinian Media Watch.
The host then excitedly asked: “All of them?”
“Yes,” the young girl replied, to which the child host responded, “good.”