THOMAS the Tank Engine is getting a major overhaul to improve the children’s show’s gender imbalance. However some people are getting very upset!
After 73 years the show is having a major shake up, with the new series featuring new international female characters.
They include an Australian flying doctor plane called Isla, Chinese Hong-mei, African Nia and Churubala, a female railway controller from India.
Thomas will leave the island of Sodor to go abroad and there will be a new theme song as well.
They have been called the “most significant changes” in the show’s history.
The United Nations was even involved in the overhaul as part of its sustainable development programme.
Ian McCue, senior producer at Thomas & Friends™, said: “The show has undergone an evolution to remain relevant for the next generation of parents and children by opening up the world of Thomas & Friends so children can discover the world around them while being entertained.
“The changes and new additions of characters and geographies will make the show more entertaining, inclusive and global – whilst ensuring all the favourite characters and storylines that fans around the world love remain at the heart of the action.”
But critics have blasted the move as politically correct meddling.
Emily – Thomas and Friends. There’s a tiny handful of female characters in this, but only one makes the theme song. Still yet to see her have a major plot line. pic.twitter.com/Qvtx1gG5wS
— token_girl (@token_girls) February 11, 2018
You see these feminists attacking Thomas and Friends for a lack of female characters. Yet you never see them criticising franchises like Barbie or My Little Pony for a lack of male characters. I thought feminism is the true equality of both sexes? — TheIronEngine (@TheIronEngine) July 17, 2018
You guys are going to get pissy over Thomas The Tank Engine being rebooted to being diverse. If there was a peak of this kind of stupid outrage over franchises being rebooted especially to include diversity. This is it. Over a cartoon about a train for preschoolers. Congrats. https://t.co/0IPeMWpcnF
— SJW JamesBond Wants Nazis Banned (@mvbrat91) September 3, 2018
I love everyone here creating their own outrage. ‘Thomas the Tank Engine reflecting our society and giving kids a healthy message that no matter what your background you deserve to be fairly represented? What’s next? Thomas the Solar Powered Vegan Trigender Train!? — Morgan (@MxMorgan27) September 2, 2018
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