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Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere (Racist train!)
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/thomas-the-tank-engine-children-parents ^

Posted on 07/23/2014 4:33:53 PM PDT by TigerClaws

There are many terrible children's programs through which parents must suffer during their child's young life. For every Sesame Street, there is an annoying Caillou or an acid-trippy Yo Gabba Gabba. But Thomas and Friends is – or was – the one show with enough subversive messages to make me turn it off for good.

My son, now three-and-a-half years old, thankfully never never went through a manic train fascination like so many other children. But once in a while, he'd get a bug in his brain to watch Thomas, and every time I sat and watched with him, I winced and groaned almost as much as Percy.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: liberalism; mentaldisorder; pbs; thomasthetrain
On the show black smoke is bad. Therefore, THOMAS THE TRAIN is racist.

I guess it was a 'micro-aggression'?

1 posted on 07/23/2014 4:33:53 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws
thankfully never never went through a manic train fascination

Lionel hating ass of a parent

2 posted on 07/23/2014 4:37:36 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: TigerClaws

Tracey’s gone off the rails on a Crazy Train.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 4:38:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revelation 911

lol


4 posted on 07/23/2014 4:40:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TigerClaws
My 5-year old is absolutely hooked on Thomas and Friends and has been since he was born. He knows the name of every engine. I buy him those "Trackmaster" sets that run off the AA battery. Turns out there are quite a few and some of them are collectable (and thus expensive).

I need to learn how to fix those little engines. He's probably got a dozen that have gone to the great train graveyard.

Funny, he's actually taught me a few things about trains. I always thought the car that carried people would've been called a "passenger car". My then 4-year old son corrected me that it is actually called a "coach".

Anyways, I love that racist Thomas and his racist friends, even if that famous racist and homophobe Alec Baldwin drops in from time to time.

5 posted on 07/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: TigerClaws
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.

Good lesson for a boy to learn. Could save him a beating at school.

6 posted on 07/23/2014 4:41:42 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: TigerClaws

satire or just the full scope of Guardianista leftist insanity.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 4:42:13 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Hugin

bump


8 posted on 07/23/2014 4:42:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TigerClaws

Meanwhile this sensitive liberal soccer mom no doubt excuses the Muslim murder of Christians as a cultural difference.


9 posted on 07/23/2014 4:43:43 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: TigerClaws

Thomas’ highest goal was to be “a Very Useful Engine.”

This essay was written by a man who aspires to be a very useful idiot.


10 posted on 07/23/2014 4:44:41 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Drew68

And oddly enough we;

Drive on the Parkway and park in the driveway.

Cargo travels on a ship or airplane while shipments travel by land.


11 posted on 07/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: TigerClaws

Maybe they could fix the tracks, so to speak, by having Pink Thomas take a fun side-trip to a park bathroom while wearing fairy wings and sucking on a pacifier.

Or maybe a highway rest stop..?


12 posted on 07/23/2014 4:47:35 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: TigerClaws

Thomas was one of the shows I enjoyed watching with my kids. What is this bird brain whining about? Has the show gone PC over the years or something?


13 posted on 07/23/2014 4:47:57 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
What is this bird brain whining about? Has the show gone PC over the years or something?

I think she's whining about the fact that it hasn't.

14 posted on 07/23/2014 4:49:21 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: TigerClaws

God help this woman’s son.

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15 posted on 07/23/2014 4:49:48 PM PDT by Mears
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To: TigerClaws

You know what one is pretty good “Curious George”. I never really like that Thomas the Tank Engine, there was always something creepy about it.

And the “Cat in the Hat” is OK.

And the song from “Dinosaur Train” is great.

Can you tell I have a wee grandchild now?


16 posted on 07/23/2014 5:00:50 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: TigerClaws

There certainly are some strange birds out there.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 5:02:51 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: jocon307

The creepiest things EVER were the Teletubbies.

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18 posted on 07/23/2014 5:03:18 PM PDT by Mears
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To: TigerClaws

Thomas had Pierce Brosnan, Ringo Starr AND George Carlin on the show.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 5:07:27 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: TigerClaws

I sat through a lot of these myself as my boy was a huge fan (this was back when the Thomas shows came on VHS). There is, I found, both charm and integrity in this series.

I thought of writing a “How Not To” management book -

“Confusion and Delay: Autobiography of Sir Topham Hatt”

Not too many of the target audience would get the reference though.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: TigerClaws
Consider the audience: immature, intellectually undeveloped, and dreadfully earnest.

I'm talking about the Guardian, not Thomas The Tank Engine.

21 posted on 07/23/2014 5:15:23 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Zeneta

And don’t forget that there are Interstate Highways in Hawaii.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 5:23:16 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Mears
The creepiest things EVER were the Teletubbies.

I think the target audience for Teletubbies were college kids on drugs.

23 posted on 07/23/2014 5:35:26 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

“”Funny, he’s actually taught me a few things about trains””

Same here with my 5 year old grandson. He could tell me the difference between a steam and a diesel engine when he was three. If I make a mistake in describing one of the cars, he’s right there to correct me; “that’s a tender, grandma.” His grandpa keeps a supply of AA and AAA batteries on hand and the grandson knows where to get the right ones for him to change. They do start at a young age and are an absolute delight. Sure made birthdays and Christmas easy - only two days apart - which trains or accessories didn’t he already have???

I figure the person who wrote this is a democrat even if in the UK - may he/she never step foot on our shores.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 5:39:12 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Mears

Don’t really know them. My kid was too old by the time they came along. I saw a bit of the wiggles with my niece and nephew. And Spongebob is OK I guess, although there kinda really is a gay undercurrent to that show. But I think it might be just ironical gay, not true homo gay, if you know what I mean and I’m not sure I do.


25 posted on 07/23/2014 6:00:25 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: TigerClaws; GeronL
Inevitably, the trains get in a fight with or pick on one another (or generally mess up whatever job they are supposed to be doing) until Hatt has to scold one of them about being a "really useful engine", because their sole utility in life is their ability to satisfy his whims. Yeah, because I want to teach my kid to admire a controlling autocrat.

It's a bleedin' train! What else is it supposed to do than be "a really useful engine"? Join the Royal Ballet????

26 posted on 07/23/2014 6:10:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: dfwgator; Slings and Arrows
Liberalism is a mental disorder.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 6:12:32 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: GeronL
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.

... 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.

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.

Maybe the train was mortified that it had to go out in public wearing only its underpaints!

A lot of people don't like to be seen driving their car around town with a panel painted in primer gray.

28 posted on 07/23/2014 6:15:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: GeronL
And that's not even to get started on the female trains. Well, actually it's hard to get started on them, because they barely exist.

There are boy trains and girl trains? Do go on, continue...


29 posted on 07/23/2014 6:16:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: TigerClaws

“peep, peep” = peeps to Holder


30 posted on 07/23/2014 7:11:04 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: TigerClaws
"vain but lots of fun." (Wait, it's OK to be vain if you can show others a good time occasionally?

Interesting criticism from a gal who gets her vanity rant published -- and I'm guessing she is NEVER a lot of fun.

31 posted on 07/23/2014 7:43:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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