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21st of October 2018

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NRA TV show depicts Thomas & Friends in Ku Klux Klan hoods

The US pro-gun lobby the National Rifle Association's online video channel portrayed trains from the longtime children's show Thomas & Friends wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods while riding on flaming tracks.

The host of NRATV's Relentless on Friday questioned why the programme is adding characters from around the world as it partners with the United Nations to promote sustainable development goals. Dana Loesch wondered how the show could introduce ethnic diversity when the trains have "grey faces.''

The programme then showed several engines with KKK hoods.

Mattel, which owns the Thomas the Tank Engine brand, told The New York Times it has always been a priority to promote inclusivity. The company said it denounces any images that convey a message not in line company values.

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The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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