Visitors to the Thomas the Tank Engine attraction should not use the FAT controller name because it’s a ‘slur’ – and call him Sir Topham Hat instead
- Staff at Watercress Line attractions told a family not to call them ‘The Fat Controllers’.
- The family were told ‘in no uncertain terms’ that the term was a ‘slur’
- Some said that Thomas the Tank Engine was the latest to fall victim to the abolition of culture
- In 2018, a major revamp of Thomas the Tank Engine improved the gender balance by replacing the two male engines with two female ones.
Thomas the Tank Engine fans are banned from calling it ‘The Fat Controller’ because it’s labeled a ‘slur’.
A family day out at the Watercress Line railway in Hampshire took an unusual turn when a staff member requested that they refer to the Fat Controller by his real name, Sir Topham Hat.
The popular Day Out with Thomas event, where children can jump on Thomas the Tank Engine, recently returned to the Watercress line last weekend.
But one dad told The Sun: ‘We were talking about Fat Controller when a member of staff walked in. We were told in no uncertain terms that no one could use such profanity.’
Meanwhile, another visitor to the Ten Mile Heritage Railway said: ‘The staff said it was from another era. Common sense has hit the buffer.’
Many expressed shock on social media. One user said: ‘They’re now after Thomas the Tank Engine’s fat controller, apparently it’s a slur’.
Another added: ‘They’re canceling Thomas the Tank Engine now? Fat Controller was iconic I loved him as a kid’.
Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine were shocked to be told the name The Fat Controller could not be used one day while out on the Watercress Line railway (above).
One day on a Watercress line railway a family was told ‘in no uncertain terms’ that no one could use such a ‘slur’.
Social media users were shocked by the news that Thomas the Tank Engine is the latest to experience cancellation culture
TalkTV host Jeremy Kyle also weighed in on the reference to The Fat Controller but quickly joked that people couldn’t call him that anymore.
Just last week, ‘woke’ parents demanded York Dungeon rename its Dick Turpin carriage ride to ‘Richard’ because they found it ‘offensive’.
However, the Guardians lost their battle after York Dungeon refused to make the change. Richard ‘Dick’ Turpin was a highwayman and notorious criminal throughout the 18th century before being executed in York in 1739 for horse stealing.
In 2018, the overhaul of Thomas the Tank Engine replaced the two male engines with female characters.
Henry and Edward leave the Tidmouth Shed to make way for Africa’s Nia, the orange engine, and Rebecca, the yellow engine.
They are joined by Emily, the other female engines as well as the boys Thomas, Percy James and Gordon.
In 2018, the show underwent a major overhaul, replacing the two male engines, including Nia (pictured) – an orange train from Africa.
The story lines were written to meet the five goals of quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on land.
Mattel, the US toy giant that owns the majority of the rights to the show, said the changes were a ‘groundbreaking refresh’ and based on extensive market research with hundreds of parents and their children.
Vicar of Birmingham Rev. W. Audrey’s Thomas the Tank Engine stories have become a £1 billion-a-year industry that is read in more than 120 countries.
After several rejections from publishers, the first book was published in 1945 under the title The Three Railway Engines.
But after the Reverend’s son took a liking to Thomas and demanded more stories about the tank engine, the famous series was born in 1946 – featuring The Fat Controller.
Watercress Line was contacted for comment.