The National Rifle Association bizarrely attacked the children’s television program “Thomas & Friends” for adding new diverse characters to the show.
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch criticized the move as NRA TV depicted the train characters wearing KKK hoods and burning train tracks.
Loesch complained that the show was adding new characters, like a train named Nia from Kenya, saying that the show does not need diversity because it “literally has no ethnicities because they’re trains.”
“I mean, I’m looking at this picture and I’m really, really struggling to understand how in the world there isn’t any diversity in any of this,” she said.
“It was the white hoods,” Loesch commented as the image of the KKK-hooded trains came on-screen. “And the burning train tracks. OK, fine, fair point. Fair. I get it. Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long. Clearly this is overdue. Right?”
Mattel, which owns the Thomas the Tank Engine brand, told the New York Times in a statement, “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.”