NRATV has some strange and controversial shows. (Yes, there is NRATV.)
One of their on-air personalities is the gun lobby’s national spokesperson, Dana Loesch, who hosts a show called Relentless.
Loesch went off on a rant about racial diversity on British children’s TV series about trains, Thomas and Friends. According to a transcript posted by Media Matters,
“Thomas the Tank is now bringing gender balance to the show by adding girl trains. Seriously. One of those trains, Nia, will be from Kenya to add ethnic diversity to the show. And — which that by the way, that’s where it gets really strange to me because I’ve looked at Thomas and Friends, at their pictures, and I see gray and blue. Am I to understand this entire time that Thomas and his trains were white? Because they all have gray faces. How do you bring ethnic diversity? I mean they had to paint, what I guess they thought was some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia’s engine? How do you bring ethnic diversity to a show that literally has no ethnicities because they’re trains.“
Loesch seemed deeply offended by the fact that the children’s show was planning to include a train, which she believes, is black. But that wasn’t the worst part of the segment the show included a clip of trains wearing white KKK hoods.
“Was there some concern that the show had racist undertones? Because, Sir Topham Hatt clearly is white, but the trains? I mean, I’m looking at this picture and I’m really, really struggling to understand how in the world there isn’t any diversity in any of this. Oh, was it because, I see it. It was the white hoods. And the burning train tracks. OK, fine, fair point. Fair. I get it. Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long. Clearly this is overdue. Right?“
Why would the NRA us a U.S.-based terrorist group to make its point about “too much” diversity on a British show about trains – for kids.
I know. I’ve explained it and it still doesn’t make any sense…
What the hell is NRATV thinking? They put KKK hoods on Thomas the Tank Engine to ridicule the show for adding more diverse characters in recent years https://t.co/GQxPIXiKDC pic.twitter.com/F4Ki1Eda7g
— Timothy Johnson (@timothywjohnson) September 10, 2018
(via Carbonated TV)