NRA TV show depicts 'Thomas and Friends' in KKK hoods

NRA depicts children's show characters in KKK hoods to criticize cast diversity | TheHill

NRA depicts children's show characters in KKK hoods to criticize cast diversity | TheHill

Using a jarring image to blast increased diversity on a children's TV show, a National Rifle Association online show depicted characters from "Thomas & Friends" in white, Ku Klux Klan-style hoods on burning train tracks. It was the white hoods. She called the move "awful" and said the tanks' next stop is "Virtue Town" all while the banner below her read: "SJW's now ruining childhood".

Dana Loesch shared the freakish graphic on the pro-gun lobby's NRA TV network while discussing the introduction of a new Kenyan loco called Nia. "Because they all have grey faces".

Loesch argued that the show doesn't need ethnic diversity, saying that the show "literally has no ethnicities because they're trains". "They don't even have skin pigmentation". "Right? Seriously? With trains", said Loesch towards the end of her rant, accompanied by the image of the "Thomas & Friends" characters donning KKK hoods and seated atop burning train tracks.

"Oh, was it because, I see it. OK, fine, fair point, I get it", Loesch states sardonically. "Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long".

The "some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia's engine" that Loesch referenced is a "design based on traditional Maasai and Samburu patterns", according to the Brand South Africa website. Clearly this is overdue'.

The segment aired on Friday, the same day the show debuted its new season and announced its collaboration with the United Nations, according to The Hill. Awdry published a series of Thomas the Tank Engine books in 1945 and later, in 1984, the first animated version of the books was created, narrated by Beatle Ringo Starr.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"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", she said on "Relentless", the NRA TV program she hosts.

Mattel, which owns the Thomas the Tank Engine brand, told The New York Times that it has "always been a priority" for company to promote inclusivity.

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