I suspect political correctness raising its ugly head in my children’s night-time reading. I just finished reading our four-year-old a recently-published Thomas the Tank Engine book, and had to remind myself to say “the Fat Controller” every time the words “Sir Toppam Hat” were used. It’s odd that this nonsense appears in some Thomas books and not others, where “the Fat Controller” is freely used, despite the ludicrous fears that such labels will cause overweight kids lifelong trauma.
Inevitably, “Sir Toppam Hat” is the preferred title given to the character in the American film production “Thomas and the Magic Railroad”, probably the worst children’s movie I have ever seen. Alec Baldwin, what were you thinking?