Filed in “The lunatics are running the asylum” category:
We like the “Thomas the Train” books, and both our boys enjoyed watching the “Thomas the Train” television shows based on the books when they were little.
However, The Daily Caller provided the following information in an item entitled, “‘T’ Is For … Thomas The Tank Engine Is Also Racist,” on Sept. 12, 2014:
The TV show “Thomas and Friends” is racist, wrote Tracy van Syke for the Guardian in July, because good engines puff white smoke and bad engines puff black smoke. She is so relieved her son doesn’t have “a manic train fascination like so many other children,” because although the show “seems to impart good moral lessons about hard work and friendship,” it is in reality “concealing some pretty twisted, anachronistic messages” — it’s racist, classist, sexist and anti-environmentalist. The smoke is just one example. “I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there,” she writes, “but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke … it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.”
My comment: “It’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory,” but only for confirmed leftists who tend to see “racism” absolutely everywhere in everything. The loonies are loose!