Outrageous Blogger Calls Out Sexism, Racist Undertones in 'Thomas the Tank Engine'
Fox and Friends took on a blogger who recently called out the popular children's character Thomas the Tank Engine as racist.
Here's the full story from FoxNews.com:
There's an insidious force barreling down the tracks toward children everywhere, threatening to turn toddlers into colonizing racists, according to a British blogger who is warning parents of the dangers of ... Thomas the Tank Engine.
Tracy Van Slyke recently let off steam in The Guardian earlier this month, blasting the hit TV series and toy franchise for a litany of sins including sexism, classism, imperialism and racism. The mother of a toddler, Van Slyke believes she saw enough “subversive messages” in the show to make her turn it off for good. And while parents and children who value the lessons of the talking locomotive who holds court on the mythical island of Sodor inspired by the Railway Series of books by British minister William Awdry and his son, Van Slyke sees an evil plot befitting of money-grubbing railroad barons of old.
“If you look through the steam rising up from the coal-powered train stacks, you realize that the pretty puffs of smoke are concealing some pretty twisted, anachronistic messages,” Van Slyke chugged. “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.”
Van Slyke whined that Thomas and his friends toil endlessly on the Isle of Sodor which “seems to be forever caught in British colonial times.” She said Thomas and his pals are lorded over by their autocratic “imperious, little white boss,” Sir Topham Hatt.
Her other complaint was that the show has few female trains. And she said it was one episode in particular that caused her to put the brakes on Thomas for good. It revolved around a train named James that sought to hide from the other trains because it had a half-finished new coat of paint on, rendering it pink. When caught, Thomas and the other trains viciously laughed and mocked James.
“At first blush, Thomas and his friends seem rather placid and mild,” Van Slyke concluded. “But looks can be deceiving; the constant bent of message about friendship, work, class, gender and race sends my kid the absolute wrong message.”
The column, headlined "Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere," was written in response to the voice of Thomas quitting the TV show over low pay.
Watch the hosts' response and let us know what you think: do you see any of the connections mentioned in the column?