Angry at Kenyan train in Thomas the Tank Engine, the NRA posts picture of trains in Klan hoods


#121

I get diversity in background, face shape, gender and accent but are train designs that different around the world?
Also I don’t think she’s complaining about Nia, she’s mocking the idea.


#122

…Of even acknowledging that others countries actually exist, and that Modor is not its’ own planet?

Oh, the horror!

Also welcome to boing boing, comrade.


#123

And that distinction is important how?


#124

Given how commonly grammatical gender pops up; in a variety of language families and roughly since the Advent of dirt; it wouldn’t even slightly surprise me if they neither started with ungendered trains nor accidentally went down that route.

It’s by no means universal; but gendering things a lot less plausibly gendered than anthropomorphic trains is just basic grammar in a lot of languages. Gendering human faces bolted onto rolling stock is practically self-evident by comparison.


#125

Damn, and I thought that they were just a fucking cult:

BioFusion


#126

This isn’t the first time Thomas & Friends introduced a new character from another country. What exactly is it about an AFRICAN train that warrants mockery? And why the heck is the NRA even weighing in on a kid’s show that has nothing to do with guns?

SPOILER: the answer to both questions is “racism.”)


#127

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