Never ones to shy away from controversy, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has gone on the offensive over a diversity initiative involving kids' show Thomas the Tank Engine, by adding KKK hoods to the show's characters.
“They’ve decided that the next stop is Virtue Town,” Loesch, a political commentator and spokesperson for the NRA, said on her show “Relentless” which airs on NRATV.
Above a chyron reads “SJW’s (Social Justice Warriors) now ruining Childhood.” Loesch decried the shoehorning of politically correct female and ethnic minority characters into a children’s tv show about “really weird anthropomorphic trains” who answer to “an authoritarian maniac named Sir Topham Hat.”
“How do you bring ethnic diversity to a show that literally has no ethnicities? Because they’re trains, they don’t even have skin pigmentation!” Loesch went on, arguing that the show is race neutral as the train characters have grey faces.
.@ThomasFriends Senior Producer Ian McCue shares that the name of the newest Steam Team member, Nia, means purpose in Swahili. How appropriate for an engine that teaches the importance of gender equality. #AllAboardForGlobalGoals pic.twitter.com/X4XxpM13bK
— Mattel (@Mattel) September 7, 2018
She then mocked the producers’ attempts to add ethnicity to the Kenyan train, Nia, by simply painting ‘African patterns’ along the side. Suddenly an image of Thomas and his friends in Ku Klux Klan hoods on burning train tracks flashes on screen.
This is the NRA’s totally reasonable, super clever, and not a little bit racist response to a Nigerian train character being introduced.
Because... that character existing means...Thomas was in the KKK before? Or something?
Ok, I give up. This is disturbing as hell. pic.twitter.com/E7Yb9GSOVk
— Mike (@MaskedBrute) September 12, 2018
“Oh, I see, it was because of the white hoods and the burning train tracks… OK, fine, fair point, I get it,” Loesch states sardonically. “Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long. Clearly this is overdue, right?”
“I hate everything. I hate this space rock sometimes,” Loesch concluded, appearing defeated.'
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