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:
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.