NRA show puts Thomas the Tank Engine in KKK hood to slam diversity in kids show
The segment reportedly also agreed with some people complaining that the addional characters on the cartoon show amounted to politically correct pandering.
The National Rifle Association's (NRA) online video channel showed its spokesperson Dana Loesch slamming a children's show for its diversity by portraying the talking trains from the children’s television show 'Thomas & Friends,' wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.
The show, 'Thomas & Freinds' had announced on Friday that it was introducing new characters in the show in partnership with the United Nations (UN). It added that the new characters were being added to the show in an effort to introduce new cultures and issues to its preschool audience.
Loesch, talking on the NRA TV program 'Relentless,' said: "They’ve decided that the next stop is Virtue Town." Loesch, who is the host of the show, made the statement while responding to the news that the children's cartoon show was adding international and female characters to increase diversity.
The pro-gun organization, which is the nation's biggest gun rights advocate, left several baffled as to why the show was giving its two cents about during its program aiming preschoolers. The segment reportedly also agreed with some people complaining that the additional characters on the cartoon show amounted to politically correct pandering, according to the New York Times.
Loesch, during the segment, reportedly questioned the decision of the children's show makers by asking the additional characters, including a train from Kenya named Nia, would introduce "ethnic diversity" when most of its characters are trains.
The host said: "I’m really, really struggling to understand how in the world there isn’t any diversity in any of this."
The owner of the Thomas the Tank Engine brand, Mattel, responded to the bizarre segment by saying that the company always prioritizes promoting kindness and inclusivity.
"We are not associated with images that promote hate and denounce any images of our brands that are being used to convey a message, not in line with the values of the company,” Mattel said in a statement.