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But this line is incredible:
"(For the record, all the "villains" on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I'd like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but 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.)"
There aren't enough female characters, especially as all the episodes these days are newly written, rather than the old books, and the bit about James being mocked for being pink and appealing to girls is okay, but the smoke/race thing is just weird.
I did not know this
Allegedly meant to between the Isle of Man and England and named after the Diocese of Man and Sodor!
"Hatt orders the trains to do everything from hauling freight to carrying passengers to running whatever random errand he wants done, whenever he wants it done – regardless of their pre-existing schedules."
criticisms in that article seem pretty valid to me
well - calling the controller a fat white man or whatever is pretty tired and stupid but someone getting laughed at for being pink is pretty horrible
No wonder I turned into such a sexist cunt.
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
The fact shes badmouthing Yo Gabba Gabba tells to stop reading the rest of the article.
I bloody hate TtTE, but Yo Gabba Gabba is one of the best things on TV. Caillou isn't too bad either actually, not great but ranks very low in the annoying stakes.
Ironically, we always know when Sesame Street comes on because the kids lose interest and start fighting with each other/destroying the house.
Fun fact: my 7 year old's "present" to his soon to be 3 year old's brother is going to be to dress up as Brobee and get us to put him in a cardboard box and wrap him up.
I don't like the Guardian but they're starting to match the Mail for barefaced cheek when it comes to trolling.
you're all jeremy clarkson
They are used as displacement funnels to take the out steam, mostly, with a slight amount of smoke from the burned coal.
In addition, this is such a load of shite.
I have no idea what they are talking about when they talk about getting name checked in the opening credits (ovbiously some bullshit change to the series post-Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis).
fuck me, it's shit. We've had to hide it from him.
so you read him the first few pages and then tell him if he wants to find out the ending he better learn to do it himself?
bet that would work really well actually
they are awful, I am eternally rejoicing that my 2 never got into trains/Thomas - hours of Fireman Sam but at least I can do a good Dilys impression
In one I watched the other day, one of the trains was 'sore from all the banging'
I know comment is free tries really hard to be offended by everything but it has truly not done it self here.
I dread to think what her reaction would be if her kid wanted to read some Enid Blyton.
what happened in here then? :D
I reckon it was thewarn.
100/1 the field
cant really call it evil though whilst all the things she talks about are normalised everywhere
the normalisation is the evil part but I'd say Thomas was part of the chain with that rather than the source
obviously "evil" was hyperbole from me.
and that whole boys' toys / girls' toys thing you get in shops is pretty annoying...
but this is so fucking laboured.
"I'd like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but 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."
Where do they find these people?
seeing every little thing as a comment on race or something.
something like the Lord of thr Rings is obv a tretise on the decline of the English rural idyll in the face of industialisation.
So I can see how Thomas is a parable of the working mans explotation by the bourgeois business owners.
But white smoke/black smoke = race narritive - nah.
but it's not as if she's suddenly invented the idea of good guys=white, bad guys=black being dubious
Rap music did that, didn't it? In modern culture anyway...
If you're not a bigot, the bad diesel could just as easily be seen to represent arrogant Bullingdon types.
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My favourite book when I was wee was captain pugwash and it didn't exactly do me any harm.
(i never watched or read it)
Thomas the Tank Engine was invented in my motherfucking home town.
The original handwriting on pages in both books is shakey because they refused to put down the torches and pitch forks.
with webbed hands.
the wombles are of wimbledon are they not? Whereas Thomas and friends is the island of Sodor. You're full of shit.
HENRY: Because TFL are on STRIKE SATIRE!
watch ivor the engine instead, it's the good to Thomas' evil
I mean seriously they've basically ruined it.