It seems that everything is racist, according to liberals. On Tuesday, the liberal UK Guardian published an article attacking the character of a children's show as racist for, among other things, blowing white smoke. The offender is none other than Thomas, the Tank Engine, the lead character in "Thomas and Friends."
According to Tracy Van Slyke, the program is "subversive" for what she called "classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism." As evidence, she pointed to the smoke puffed out by the fake character.
"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," she wrote.
The National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke wondered how miserable one has to be to see the world in the same way as Van Slyke. Twitchy responded by saying, "pretty darn miserable."
"Attacking dear old Thomas is just as bad as Falwell slamming Tinky Winky/Teletubbies as 'covert homosexual symbols,'" another person said on Twitter.
A post at the conservative blog Weasel Zippers said the article indicates the world is "reaching the pinnacle of liberal PC insanity." It certainly seems that way, given that liberals have claimed they can see racism in a peanut putter and jelly sandwich.
The article also slammed the program as sexist, observing the lack of female trains. The dearth of female trains even caught the notice of a British transportation secretary who last year claimed the franchise is setting a bad example for girl wannabe train engineers everywhere, Van Slyke said.
Van Slyke concluded by saying there are programs a lot worse "in terms of in-your-face violence, sexism, racism and classism." Twitchy, however, wondered if anyone actually considered how dangerous it might be to anthropomorphize railroad equipment.