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Aug. 22nd, 2014

That Is The Biggest “Size 8” I Have Ever Seen

So once again kid's cartoons are coming under fire from the outrage brigade. And unfortunately, I can kind of see where they have a point this time. I'm not sure how to feel about this. Last time it was Thomas the Tank Engine, this time it'sScooby Doo. Daphne apparently pissed off the bad guy and got cursed to lose what was important to her, so she went from being very thin and pretty to seriously overweight and with bad hair.

The article reports that she was supposed to have gone from a size 2 to a size 8. I haven't watched the episode in question, nor have I been able to find it online so I can't check to see whether or not that it was actually outright stated that she became a size 8, but either way, someone is being a dumbass. I'm a size 16 (and yes, I'm working on it) and Daphne in those pictures looks like she's twice my size. If that's a size 8 then I must be Godzilla or something. Daphne looks like she's suddenly become 300 pounds.

I don't really like to talk about my weight, because it's kind of a sore spot for me. My father is obese, and I've seen how miserable he is. I have gained weight over the past two years, and it's really frustrating for me.So when I see gigantic Daphne there supposed to be eight sizes smaller than me, I wonder if to other people, if I look twice as huge as she does from those images. And that's kind of a disturbing thought.

On the other hand, I've watched Scooby Doo since I was a little girl, and Daphne has always been a bit dim and self-absorbed. And let's face it, suddenly gaining 150 pounds would be pretty horrifying. Even going up a pants size can be pretty upsetting. And apparently in the end of the show Daphne learns that what she looks like and how much she weighs doesn't matter at all to her friends, which is a good message. But I'm just not sure that showing a 300-pound woman as a standardized, fairly normal “size eight” is a good thing.

I don't know. I'm really, really hesitant to agree with the outrage brigade or give any credence to the movement that is at the forefront of decrying this. But I think this time, I have to say I'm on their side. I'm not happy about it, and I really hope this is the last time I have to do it. But this time, I will join in the voices saying that this isn't cool, WB.

And now I feel like I need a shower. Thanks a lot.

Jul. 24th, 2014

This Is The Dumbest Thing I've Read All Week

Cripes, not even Thomas the train is safe anymore.

For my readers not familiar with the story of Thomas the Tank Engine and all his train friends, they are a bunch of sentient trains that live on an island somewhat reminiscent of Britain, where they work hard for their company and learn lessons about being well-behaved and how to get along with others. In other words, it's basically every other children's show out there, only with trains. I watched this show growing up, as did my brother, as do my various younger cousins and nieces and nephews.

Let's tackle the author's assertions here one by one, shall we?

First off- Sir Topham Hat isn't the “ruler” of the island of Sodor. The Mayor of Sodor is this guy. Contrast him with Sir Topham Hat. Clearly they aren't the same guy, and if I have to spell it out for you any more than that, then... well. The author complains that Sir Topham Hat makes the trains do things for him. Well, yes, he is the business owner and the trains work for him. That's kind of the point of work. But he always treats the trains fairly.

The author's next complaint is that the diesel engines are racist because they pump out black smoke from the diesel, as well as being the bad guys. Uh. Well, Diesel himself is the “bad guy” as much as anyone is the bad guy in the show, but there are other diesel trains who are nice. Mavis, Paxton, BoCo, Dart, Salty, and others are all valuable part of the team. Also, the difference between the smoke is that if a steam engine is well-run and tuned up, it will not expel anything other than water vapor, while diesel fumes are darker in color and a bit more dangerous to inhale. Have you ever been behind a Mac truck on the highway? That stuff they emit? That's diesel fumes.

Then the author complains about James being painted pink for a little girl's birthday party and some of the other engines laughing at him. But he learned that it's okay to be pink at the end of the episode! That was the whole point!

She's also wrong about the lack of girl trains. There are plenty of female trains in the show- Molly, Mavis, Emily, Belle, Lady, the passenger coaches, Rosie, and a bunch of other ones.

Clearly this author doesn't know the first thing about Thomas the Tank Engine. Equally clearly, she spent a lot of time typing up a ridiculous indictment of the super horribly offensive kid's television program.

And I typed up an entire blog post about Thomas the Tank Engine. Clearly I need a life...