I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna go all Politically Correct and use the PC definition of bullying which seems to be, “Any discriminate harassment of a person or group based on an enjoyment, belief, or congenital issue.” Actually, you know what that’s not a bad definition, PC or not.
Anyway, back to my point. This article by Ben Kuchera refers to another article and video making fun of Bronies; that is teen and adult, often male, fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship if Magic cartoon series. I’m a little sensitive to that particular choice of target because I, if you don’t follow my twitter account, am a fan of the show. I like it for multiple reasons, but one is because it’s actually a great kid’s show. The characters are believable and flawed, they aren’t just Mary Sues and clichés trotting about in horseshoes. We’ll take a look at some of the mane characters (by the way, that was a pun in case you didn’t notice the intentional typo)…
She is a prima donna with a very strong sense of greed. She likes gems, jewels, and good linens and she would definitely give Paris Hilton a run for her money of materialism, I’m sure. But you know what else? She owns her own business and works hard to make the best quality clothing she can. She doesn’t outsource to some donkeys in the hinterlands or something. And she’d also give a stableless pony the skirt off her flank. She, in my opinion, is the greatest example of, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a good person.” And that’s something little girls, and boys, should learn if they’re being plopped down in front of as television to watch “children’s shows”.
Applejack is a workaholic, she sometimes turns down adventures with the others to keep working on her family’s farm. But she’s still there for her friends any time. She’s not the most eloquent or the smartest, and certainly not the most socially adept of the group. But you know what she is? Honest! And helpful. Something we should all strive to be.
And there’s five more primary protagonists and a slew of good side-characters and villains. Even the villains are sympathetic villains who you can see why they would become said villains, even going so far as to realize that in their shoes you most certainly could wind up just like them. Take the first major villain, Discord, for example. A powerful magical creature who was alone for most of his life, so he delights in causing havoc and mayhem for the attention. He is….umm, spoiler alert, if you’re interested or haven’t gotten to Season 3…he is eventually redeemed when he realizes that positive attention is better than negative attention.
Kuchera has a really good line to take away from his article:
Listen, we get about 80 years on this planet, at best. Much of that time is painful. The night is dark, and full of terrors. If you find something that makes you happy, and it doesn’t hurt you or others, that is a great thing.
It’s one thing to give a group of people a little good-natured ribbing, or to denigrate a group who legitimately does bad things to people, but when people just want to find some harmless enjoyment in life…why do we taunt, tease, and terrorize them? What does it really gain us? ~RCS BTW, the answer is nothing in case you didn’t catch on.