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)

Comment by Paul Prescod on June 18, 2012 at 2:00am
Isn't reading into stuff that isn't there the theists job?

You don't really need to "read anything into it." One pony superficially took a logical, scientific approach to it, and she was clearly represented as the stupid one. It's not as if it is a deep reading of the Smurfs as a marxist parable.

It's a show about "friendship," the point was just if your friend acts like a weirdo you should still hear the bitch out. That could be religion or anything else. And what exactly did you expect? Some pony modeled after Christoper Hitchens or Richard Dawkins to walk into the scene and bash her?

No:quite the opposite.

Dawkins (as a scientist) would not bash anyone displaying signs of paranormal talents. Dawkins would study it. The thing that grates is that the pony who is obviously supposed to represent science and skepticism is not at all scientific.
She is appropriately skeptical at first, but unwilling to accept new information which would invalidate her existing beliefs. This means that although she represents the scientific mindset on the show, she is actually closed-minded and incurious.

Quite unlike true scientist/skeptics like Richard Dawkins or James Randi.

Comment by Paul Prescod on June 18, 2012 at 2:07am

By the way, it isn't just us who thinks this episode had problems. Here's what Lauren Faust says: "From the sounds of it, I really blew it with the letter at the end---- even for people who didn't immediately jump to the conclusion that such a statement could only apply to religion. I wish I could back and clarify it further."

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 Rob Klaers 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 Rob Klaers 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 Rob Klaers 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

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