14 December 2009

Talking trains ruthlessly exploited

Horrified toddlers take to streets... as compassionate, intellectual left reveals nasty conspiracy to keep Thomas down...

Shauna Wilton, a professor of political science at the University of Alberta, also highlighted the class divide which sees Thomas and his friends at the bottom of the social ladder and the wealthy Fat Controller at the top.
Hey, Professor... here's a thunderbolt... why not write about an actual living, breathing child of privilege... who serially crapped all over his family, friends and professional associates?

Yeah... that's what I thought.



Kai said...

What do you expect from a Poli Sci prof whose bio lists here primary research interests as identity, immigration and gender? She is a commie.

Neo Conservative said...

i dunno kai... if we can put a man on the moon... why can't we do something about the brutal capitalistic enslavement of talking trains?

i'm sure not gonna be taking my vacation on the island of sodor anytime soon.


langmann said...

They never do explain what they do with engines who aren't "realy useful" on the isle of sodor... but exterminating them is a typically left wing thing to do, so I am guessing that the retired no longer useful engines retire to florida or join the canadian senate.

I'm guessing that the PoliSci professor subconciously suspects that she herself isn't a very useful engine, or maybe she just hates the show because it was written by a anglican minister and therefore is venting her hatred of a popular kids show.

langmann said...

Actually neo, now that I think about it, from remembering watching it with my daughter it is generally about engines of different makes trying to be as useful as they can, and cooperating to get a job done.

For example, Thomas isn't a large engine but he tries hard to do the best job he can with what he has.

Now that I think about it, she's right, those are conservative ideals: trying your best, contributing to society, good work ethic, and cooperating with your fellows.

She'd probably be more comfortable if the show was redesigned so that all the engines had their coal taxed 90% making them as slow as the solar powered ineffective engines, while an elite group of cabooses like her, get pulled around on the backs of all the useful engines.

Neo Conservative said...

when he was little, my son unreservedly loved thomas and friends.

i used to come home from work and there would be these wonderous multi-layered train track setups stretching from one end of the livingroom to the other.

neophyte would hold up a train and somberly enumerate their various faults or virtues... "gordon works very hard."

i remember how completely he empathised when percy was frightened... or thomas had a problem that needed solving.

my point here?

you've got thomas the tank engine at the top of your "what wrong with the world list"... i'm thinking there's gotta be some sort of troubled subtext in your own life.

c'mon shauna... what's the dealio here?


syncrodox said...


If yer gonna get to the bottom of that one I think yer gonna need at least a team of psychiatrists, one loosely scripting psychologist, a couple of cultural anthropologists and a shaman.