Why do so many liberal parents hate Thomas the Tank Engine?

He’s a British icon, beloved by generations of toddlers. Thomas the Tank Engine has gone from a character invented by one father for his two-year-old son, to an international brand worth $1 billion in sales per year.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of the first ‘Railway Series’ book by the Anglican vicar Rev Wilbert Awdry. But while children, especially boys, love Thomas and all the other engines who inhabit Awdry’s fictional world, some parents take exception to the apparently harmless books and TV series.

Reviews of the programme on the Common Sense Media website, a non-profit group that focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, lambast the series for being “nasty”, “negative” and a “bad example” to youngsters.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Not enough homos?
    I bet if Thomas started buggering all the other engines, they’d suddenly love it.
    Parents that pay way too much attention to what their kids watch, wanting a message to be in everything, usually raise losers

    • mauser 98

      stole my thunder

      • Ottawa Eyes

        How about Andre the gay caboose coming up from behind Pierre the cattle car?

        At least those won’t be a British sounding names.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I guess they would lock me up if I was a kid today. At 10, I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs – the Tarzan series, the Mars novels, the Pellucidar novels – I had read them all by the time I was about 12. Today, they would rubber-room a white boy who had read all those violent, macho alpha-male books at 12.

      Oops! Silly me. I forgot that today’s “youngsters” could not read at the level necessary to enjoy a Burroughs’ novel until they are in post-graduate studies – say, around 25 or so. Hmm……

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  • Minicapt

    They’ll work on a new series where Thomas come out as ‘trans-gender’, and begins his conversion to Diesel-hood.


    • tom_billesley

      The trans-engineering works will make them hybrid or solar powered.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Co-starring “Tamara, the Tranny Tank”

  • Jay Currie

    There is a reason the fat conductor is my Twitter avatar.

  • tom_billesley

    The engines burn coal and diesel, so kids will be upset by the conflict with their green indoctrination. They are incompatible with a safe eco-space and the books must be gathered together and burned composted.

    • Justin St.Denis

      So the snowflakes will feel “safe”.

  • roccolore

    They hate it because the writer was a vicar. Liberals love Islam.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need a new children’s show promoting absolute equality – Pol Pot’s Playground.

  • simus1

    In the interest of being more transparent and non judgmental these looney lefties should change their website name to Common Nonsense Media.

  • Backa Bock

    The lesson of every episode is to enforce a hierarchical command structure and to destroy free thinking. British Tories should love it. However, I find it astounding that libertarians would like the show. It does not foster entrepreneurship.

  • Because he is happy, useful and brightly coloured.

    He’s a g-d- cartoon. Why make a big deal about this?

    Oh, yes… Liberals needs trivialities in order to distract them from real life.

  • DMB

    I miss George Carlin who narrated the show at one time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRZje7Le-H4