Every so often the Guardian disappears up its own arse.
“(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.)”
Actually it is almost impossible to make that leap, yet Van Slyke manages it anyway, quickly forgetting that the show is about steam engines, and that light vs dark in terms of good and evil is a notion that far predates the Equality Commission.
Next from the loony left: Why LOST was racist. Why little black dresses are racist. And why Conclave is racist. Oh wait… They’ve done that one already.
But jokes aside there’s a pretty serious outcome from this Van Slyke article that I want some answers to.
By exposing her children to this endless twaddle (remember, the above is only the stuff she feels comfortable publishing) the author is projecting her bizarro notions of class, race, work, and of course the must have guilt burden of the season: the environment, onto her unassuming and likely uncaring kids.
Why should children be lumbered with the distressing political correctness of their parents in lieu of a guilt free, enjoyable childhood?
They shouldn’t be. It is a mild yet damaging form of child abuse. And Van Slyke and the Guardian are encouraging if not demanding it.