Liberal parents are reportedly dismayed and confused when they realize that their young children are drawn towards cartoons which don’t align with their progressive narrative of the way the world should work.
CNN contributor Elissa Strauss recently wrote an article in which she explained that parents like to see themselves as “purveyors of possibility” who want their children to exist in a world in which “identities are both mutable and equal” and “imagination and empathy reign supreme.”
Unfortunately for those who see the world as a place where boys and girls are exactly the same, young children are drawn to “worlds in which identities are fixed, order trumps imagination and transgressions are met with routine punishment.” In other words, they are attracted to the truth, noted Brendan Pringle, the author of an op-ed in The Washington Examiner.
Strauss points to two popular shows: “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Paw Patrol,” which she identifies as “fascist”. Her article includes a compilation clip of “Thomas” episodes in an effort to illustrate her point. (See below.)
Left-wing publications have labelled “Thomas,” which features personified trains, as a “corporate-totalitarian dystopia” as well as “classist, sexist and anti-environmentalist.”
“Paw Patrol” (see below), in which all of the characters are dogs, has also come under fire from the left for conveying “gender and social inequality.”
In her report, Strauss quotes one mom who worries that “Paw Patrol” is promoting a “patriarchal society” after the protagonist chooses “two male pups” for a mission even after a female pup volunteers. Based on that single episode, the mother accuses the show of having a “glass ceiling.”
Such shows are making progressive parents who are “aghast at contemporary politics” to feel extremely uncomfortable, says Strauss. She further notes that parents are “disturbed” by the fact that their children are more attracted to shows that feature strong leaders and a strict view of right and wrong. And they don’t react well to shows that present complete egalitarianism and utter chaos.
Strauss suggests that these shows could “broaden their appeal to parents” by changing the protagonists to reflect less “white supremacy”.
“Children would still get the satisfaction of immersing themselves in an orderly universe where rules are rules, and everyone is in his or her place,” she writes, adding, “just without the white guy on top.”