Thomas the Tank Engine Bans Christmas!

Kind of, according to the Mail on Sunday Reporter: ‘Thomas the Tank Engine forced to carry ‘decorated tree’ for ‘winter holidays’ as Christmas is banned on Sodor‘. The article claims:

Thomas the Tank Engine has been accused of joining the politically correct bandwagon after Christmas was written out of one of his adventures.

The team behind the much-loved children’s TV series has angered campaigners by setting a story during the ‘winter holidays’.

The article suggests that the story is clearly set during Christmas but with ‘no mention of the word Christmas’, yet the article does not give us the date when the DVD was actually released or into what markets. The article does include a response from the makers:

Hit Entertainment, the company behind the DVD, said: ‘It was put out some time ago. It was not a seasonal release specifically aimed at a Christmas audience, but we do put out seasonal releases that have Christmas in the title.

‘Last year we had Christmas Express and next year we are planning another Christmas title.’

So, perhaps it wasn’t a cynical attempt at ‘political script changes’ but merely a cynical way of selling Christmas-related stories throughout the year. The Mail on Sunday picture-caption-writer has drawn some conclusions that seem a bit out of place as well:

Lights out: Thomas (left) motors past a ‘decorated tree’ as it will now be regarded in future seasonal episodes

Sorry, is this a fact? Is the writer certain that all future episodes – including the Christmas specific titles – will never again refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree?

For what it’s worth here is last year’s Thomas the Tank engine Christmas DVD:

Thomas the tank engine

I look forward to seeing the Mail on Sunday Reporter sitting down with the next Thomas the Tank Engine Christmas special to see if they really will never mention Christmas or Christmas trees again.

PS. This story has already been copied and pasted onto the Stormfront forums. The Mail on Sunday must be so proud.

8 thoughts on “Thomas the Tank Engine Bans Christmas!”

  1. As you say, the article does include a response from the makers. But it’s towards the end of the piece and it seems that Mail readers are incapable of reading beyond the first three or four paragraphs.

    Besides, if political correctness were to invade Sodor, surely the term “Fat Controller” would be the first thing to go.

  2. As always, the lesson with these articles is that the only part of the whole article worth reading is the last few paragraphs where the explanation is.

  3. I’m as fed up with made-up “PC gone mad” nonsense as anyone… but seriously, they made a children’s story set in the “winter holidays” with presents and decorated trees, and they don’t call it Christmas? Why would they do that? To sell Christmas-related stories throughout the year… really? Does that work?

    I’m more confused than anything. Whatever the intentions, something like this is just going to give credence to all those other PC Brigade myths, and make all those arguments harder. I don’t want to have to work at debunking this stuff. What are they doing?

  4. He was Sir Topham Hatt right back in the books, in fact there were three fat controllers, all with the real name of Sir Topham Hatt due to the original being a baronet.

    I think Sir TH is still referred to as The Fat Controller in the UK.

  5. The Fat Controller was originally the Fat Director, because the books pre-date the nationalisation of railways in Britain.

  6. RLJ has now just reported that “Thomas The Tank Engine has fallen to the diversity brigade”. As ever Dick has done zero research, either because it would leave him nothing to write, or because he’s too stupid or lazy.

  7. Following the link emailed to me today by Play inviting me to pre-order some DVDs I quickly spotted ‘THOMAS& FRIENDS: MERRY WINTER WISH- wishes come true in this Christams special!’ And the accompanying description of the DVD mentions Christmas a few times too. It’s out on October 31st.

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