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

NRA depicts Thomas the Tank Engine characters as KKK members

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

The divisive gun organization's spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who was hosting her show Relentless, wasn't happy two female characters, Rebecca and Nia, and are joining Thomas, Percy, and the gang, declaring the decision "horrible" and leading to what can only be described as a freakish rant as an image splashed on the screen of the famous trains wearing Ku Klux Klan hoodies.

"It was the white hoods", Loesch said.

'They've decided that the next stop is Virtue Town, ' the disgruntled conservative said during the segment.

During a segment on her show "Relentless," Loesch criticized the kids program for adding girl trains and a character from Africa. Because they all have gray faces. Loesch was especially angry that one of the female characters is from Kenya.

Mentioning "some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia's engine", she wondered how ethnic diversity is added "to a show that literally has no ethnicities because they're trains". Because they're trains! They don't even have skin pigmentation...

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Mattel announced Friday that "Thomas & Friends", a Nick Jr. show, would add characters to its newest season from around the world and partner with the United Nations to promote its Sustainable Development Goals.

The program showed a graphic of several of the trains with KKK hoods. And the burning train tracks.

Loesch continued: 'OK, fine, fair point.

Loesch then added sarcastically: 'Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long.

Images soon pop up on the screen of three trains wearing hoods while the tracks are on fire. Clearly this is overdue'.

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The latest series of Thomas will see the famous engine and his friends travel and explore the world.

The NRA did not immediately respond to The Times's request for comment.

Loesch, who called the show's characters "really weird, anthropomorphic trains", said her youngest child loved the show but added, "I can't stand the show".

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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