I don't know whose idea this was but it has sufficiently pissed me off. I don't even know who to be angry at. The quote below comes from an article in the Onion, which I realize is a satirical publication. It is meant to be the words of Thomas himself and it reaches a new low in perpetuating dangerous autism myths and picking on a population that needs to focus on treatment and recovery and not protecting itself from assholes like this:
Thomas The Tank Engine A Little Uneasy With His Broad Autistic Following NEWS IN BRIEF • Our Annual Year 2012 • Entertainment • Children • ISSUE 48•21 • May 25, 2012 read the article here http://www.theonion.com/articles/thomas-the-tank-engine-a-little-uneasy-with-his-br,28298/
"Don't get me wrong—I'm grateful that these kids enjoy me so much, but I think the way they're enjoying me is not really so healthy, and honestly not the way I would choose to be appreciated, personally," the anthropomorphic locomotive said between stops on his Mystery On The Rails tour, where he observed that children with autism "outnumber the normal kids by at least three to one." "It would be nice to have some indication that my messages about friendship and sharing are being heard rather than have a pack of totally silent, open-mouthed 6-year-olds stare unblinkingly at my shiny wheels for an hour. It creeps me out."
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)