My Little Pony pushing anti-reasoning + religious faith on young children?

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is a cute children's cartoon that went on air last year. I would like to bring this particular episode to this community's attention, though.

While wrapped in a cute, friendly, and fun loving appearance, this episode is actually pushing anti intellectualism and religious faith as values that children should adopt. This is not a Christian themed cartoon, and this them only appears to be slipped in this one episode somewhere in the middle of the season.

I would like to hear comments and opinions from anyone interested in Christian influence in children's media that is supposed to be for everyone. (or opinions from anyone who has 20 minutes to spend chilling out to My Little Pony)

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Comment by kOrsan on June 18, 2012 at 2:34am

One pony superficially took a logical, scientific approach to it, and she was clearly represented as the stupid one.

She is one of the main characters, along with the pink one - even more so. She is the intellectual one and she has her own moments too where science prevails. There is also a yellow pony who is modeled after southern people, but I wouldn't call her a "redneck."

The show isn't biased in either way, you're reading into a single episode that had nothing to do with faith. Again, that's the theists' job.

And from Lauren's letter you can tell that any similarity was unintentional.

Comment by kOrsan on June 18, 2012 at 2:36am

They even have a blue lesbian pony who saves the day every now and then :P

I doubt the show has religious inclinations.

Comment by Doc Feral on June 18, 2012 at 3:14am

Of course when I go to view it.. its been removed. 

Comment by kOrsan on June 18, 2012 at 3:27am
Comment by Doc Feral on June 18, 2012 at 4:53am

Thanks, kOr. 

Comment by Andrew Irvine on June 18, 2012 at 6:55am

The other episodes of that show were really good. This one pissed me off though. It's the same crap as Promtheus' message of "I choose to believe" being a good answer.

Comment by Doc Feral on June 18, 2012 at 12:58pm

kOr... having watched that, I don't think you had the right one.. LOL

Comment by kOrsan on June 18, 2012 at 1:00pm

You figured that out quick man. ;D

Comment by Doc Feral on June 18, 2012 at 1:02pm

Well, I had to cued up to watch later... later finally came.. LOL

Comment by Brent on June 18, 2012 at 2:48pm

At first I was very confused since the new link that was posted is actually to a parody called "Friendship is Witchcraft" I thought all the comments were taking the parody as an actual children's video. (not too many children's videos reference Fahrenheit 451)  

Then, since the original link is now dead and the full title of this particular episode is not mentioned in any of the posts, I was not able to view what everyone was writing about. If someone could give the full title of the episode I would appreciate it. 

So my comments are more general about magical thinking in children's media.  Get over it!  It has been there forever.  It is escapist entertainment.  My 4 year old loves this show, loves fairies, unicorns and Pegasuses, but she knows that none of them are real.   Many Disney movies have some sort of magic.  Frankly, the sexism in many Disney films is more upsetting.  I imagine that there are fundamentalist Christians who are upset about this series because the magic in it is not being credited to their god, jesus or their prophets.  It sounds as if there is a few minutes of this particular episode that are particularly upsetting, but in my opinion it is not worth this sort of discussion.  This reaction reminds me a bit of when Jerry Falwell attacked ?? (now I can't remember the show) becasue of a character that he said was secretly gay because it had an unspecified gender, was purple, carried a purse and had a triangle on its head (what was that show?  it was before I had kids).  

Next Week's Topic :  Does Curious George undermine our children's natural curiosity?


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