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The reviews are in! New My Little Pony movie from Netflix sends the franchise “down the woke trail of Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory”

That’s kind of an odd review

So the new CGI “My Little Pony” movie is out on Netflix and the reviews are trickling in.

The movie is apparently just a teensy bit political. As the New York Times explains:

This “My Little Pony” movie takes a contemporary spin on the franchise’s tot-friendly tenets of love and friendship by staging a political awakening about tolerance, prejudice, even fascism — sweetened, of course, with musical numbers, cutesy gags, and pastel vistas.

“Even fascism,” huh? I guess the ponies and their allies are antifa?

Well, this didn’t go over so well with the folks at the Liberty Daily.

“Children’s shows have always been a tool for indoctrination,”  the Liberty Daily’s J.D. Rucker begins.

There was a time when they were used to instill certain mindsets that were relatively harmless, but over the last decade or so they have turned into perverse drivers of anti-American, anti-Biblical sentiment. Then, there are the social justice warriors among the indoctrinators that attempt to paint society as flawed because it isn’t “woke” enough. …

As usual, it sounds harmless on the surface, especially to unsuspecting parents. But the indoctrination is geared towards Cultural Marxism with a tilt towards normalizing Critical Race Theory. The tenets of the destructive ideology are present throughout the show.

If someone wants to watch Netflix, that’s fine. But they should know that the goals of the company are to promote “entertainment” that is woke to brainwash those who aren’t discerning about what they or their children watch.

Huh. I’m no brony but this almost makes me watch to watch it.

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Ms Vanilla Rose
25 days ago

Heck, yeah! “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” was 9 seasons of pretty liberal equines loving and tolerating the beep out of everyone. But I don’t know what the right wing wanted from it. Bad guys being tortured and executed? Ponies starving because other ponies wouldn’t share hay and sugar lumps? Or, worst of all, no rainbow imagery??

Rob Salyers
Rob Salyers
25 days ago

Here are some of the messages to be found in the movie: Prejudice is bad. Segregation is bad. Fanatics are bad. Making friends with those who are different from you is good. Cooperation is good. Trying to understand others is good.

It’s no wonder the right-wingers hate it.

Nequam
Nequam
25 days ago

@Ms Vanilla Rose: Something to masturbate to, probably.

ParadoxicalIntention
ParadoxicalIntention
25 days ago

I mean, the one generation most of them “love” had a bunch of episodes where the moral was “don’t be a racist”, and took place in a matriarchal socialist society where every pony was able to discover what their personal talents are and what they were best suited to instead of forcing them into a role to best serve the richest 1%, and preached equality and diversity.

Dollars to donuts these chuckleclucks think that Star Wars/Trek were never political either.

The lack of critical thinking skills, it BURNS.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
25 days ago

This also makes me interested in watching it, but I don’t have Netflix.

Anyway, you go on with your rainbow selves, Ponies.

Ikarikid The Dumb
Ikarikid The Dumb
25 days ago

To be fair, there is a song that’s basically Beauty And The Beast’s Mob Song as filtered through Alex Jones

Seth S
Seth S
25 days ago

It really saddens me how many former bronies went full fash in the years that followed… doesn’t fully SURPRISE me, because a lot of these guys also wanted to take it away from the little girls that it was originally MADE FOR, but it does make me sad. They really never did learn anything from it.

Snowberry
Snowberry
25 days ago

@Seth S: I’m only vaguely familiar with MLP and not at all with its fandom, but I’m going to take a stab in the dark and suggest that maybe it was only ever the superficial aspects that they we’re interested in.

Take just about any sci-fi TV or Movie series, for example; most of them have military trappings (if not being about actual military). Even for the ones which didn’t/don’t, there’s still some sort of clear hierarchy among the main characters, with a father figure on top. The bad guys are nearly always quite obviously bad, even if they’re not (usually) generic mustache-twirling villains, and the good guys are quite obviously good. Until very recently, cisheteronormativity and traditional family values ruled, except in heavy-handed “very special episodes” which offended both sides of the political spectrum.

Why wouldn’t conservatives, especially fascist-leaning ones, love it? While most sci-fi series have rather liberal social underpinnings, until recently this was usually subtle and/or “inoffensive” enough be glossed over. This is the side effect of needing to cater to as wide of an audience as possible to justify the big budgets of sci-fi, before it became reasonable to cater big-budget shows to narrower audiences thanks to Netflix and similar services.

I would not expect the exact same dynamics to be involved with the MLP fandom, but possibly similar ones.

Mogwitch
Mogwitch
25 days ago

I only watched the first 20 minutes because it turns out it was a bit too old for my 3 year old, but I was extremely surprised and impressed to find out that the heroine is a political activist against anti-unicorn racism. She stickers and leaflets, grafittis over anti-unicorn ads, disrupts events by companies that profit from anti-unicorn hysteria and is in trouble with the police.

There was no way that would have made it into a mainstream kids film when I was the target age.

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
25 days ago

There was a time when they were used to instill certain mindsets that were relatively harmless

Mindsets like ‘buy all our toys’, I take it?

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
25 days ago

@Mogwitch

I only watched the first 20 minutes because it turns out it was a bit too old for my 3 year old

I’m not a parent but I really love my niece and “what things are too old for kids” is a question I’m super bad at, because my own childhood in that respect was… non-ideal. I read the Gor books when I was less than ten years old because my librarian was I don’t even know levels of horrific. As a serious question, how old is the minimum appropriate audience for this movie, do you think?

Moggie
Moggie
25 days ago

@Mogwitch, a movie for kids which teaches that the police are not your friends? That’s awesome in itself!

CrawlingKingSnake
CrawlingKingSnake
25 days ago

When you’re dumber than a bag of hammers, you might as well call everything a nail.

Beyond Ocean
Beyond Ocean
25 days ago

Perhaps it’s overly cynical of me, but I wasn’t a fan of how the film simplified racism as a misunderstanding that can be cleared up with a little of logical arguments.

All children’s media do this, and I wish they treated it a little more realistically; I wouldn’t have been so shocked when I grew up.

But whatever. Clearly, the portrayal was realistic enough to tick off some actual racists, so props for that.

@Moggie

It doesn’t really say that, it defaults to individuals being the problem.

Crip Dyke
25 days ago

I really do hate to do this, and hope that discussion of MLP goes on apace, but I feel compelled to point out that The Guardian has just published a piece in which their columnist uses the murder of a cis woman by a cis cop to call trans people terrorists who are responsible for violence against women and girls.

I just can’t even with this shit today.

Crip Dyke
25 days ago

I should add the columnist gets her salary from The Observer, but I saw it in the Guardian where it is being crosspublished.

Allandrel
Allandrel
25 days ago

It really amazes me when these doofuses complain about franchises like Star Trek or Masters of the Universe being “taken over by the SJWs” because, my dudes, have you ever SEEN the originals? They were ALWAYS like that. Star Trek was very unsubtle morality plays and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would have its heroes directly tell the audience things like “Don’t judge someone because they are different from you.”

I especially love when they accuse Star Wars of “suddenly turning political.” The franchise that from its inception was about a civil war between a clearly fascist, militaristic Empire and a rebellion trying to restore democracy was NEVER political before, sure thing.

Crip Dyke
25 days ago

It really amazes me when these doofuses complain about franchises like Star Trek or Masters of the Universe being “taken over by the SJWs” because, my dudes, have you ever SEEN the originals? They were ALWAYS like that. 

It’s only political if they disagree with it. If it reflects their politics, it’s not political, duh. And since Star Trek came out in the 60s, they are, more than likely, willing to agree now with what was progressive then.

It’s another “Free speech for me, not for thee” argument.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
25 days ago

@Allandrel: A rebellion that started with a dispute over taxation of trade routes, no less, and whose enemies almost all have British accents. Now why might that be, I wonder?

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
25 days ago

I’d pay good money to see one of these chuds define Cultural Marxism. I suspect it would be anything they don’t like or makes them feel uncomfortable.

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
25 days ago

@Vannla Rose, I suspect they won’t be happy until the ponies are having orgies.

.45
.45
25 days ago

@ Allandrel

Well, the original Star Trek could go either way. As I recall, quite a few, such as A Private Little War, were outright jingoistic and in that particular case, implied the US was correct to intervene in Vietnam.

Of course, also if I remember correctly, there is the McVeigh case, where I believe he quoted Captain Picard’s actions in The High Ground as inspiration and believed Picard would support his bombing. People are capable of rationalizing anything if they like it.

Lumipuna
Lumipuna
25 days ago

A rebellion that started with a dispute over taxation of trade routes, no less, and whose enemies almost all have British accents. Now why might that be, I wonder?

Hah. Incidentally, I once saw Finnish essayist Esko Valtaoja argue that Star Wars oversells the potential of a revolution/democratic movement to actually improve the lives of the people. Just before reading Surplus’s comment, I thought a parallel to US historical mythology.

Since I haven’t seen a single whole Star War, I can’t say how accurate Valtaoja’s assessment is. He claims there aren’t any concrete examples for why the Imperial government is bad, in ways that a new government could drastically change. Then again, his main argument was that historically science and technology have made a bigger difference to human wellbeing than democracy and politics.

Allandrel
Allandrel
25 days ago

@Ninja Socialist

I am reminded of early news coverage of the Tea Party, where a reporter was interviewing a lady who kept going on about how scary and bad “all this socialism” was. (This was before Obama had even taken office.)

The reporter asked her to “please define socialism.” She hemmed and hawed with “if you just look around” and “do your research” and the like. He repeated the question several times, and it was clear that not only was she incapable of defining “socialism” beyond “a bad thing,” she was confused by the very question.

I recently saw someone say that right-wingers do not use words as communication, but as verbal components for the D&D spell Cause Fear.

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
25 days ago

I hate to shame anyone for their fandom but Bronies strike me as odd. I remember reading that they had to have a special showing for Bronies so they didn’t terrify the children who wanted to watch the show. Now they’ve grown so entitled they expect the show to conform to their creepy standards.

rabid rabbit
rabid rabbit
25 days ago

@Crip Dyke:

I saw that, and was duly horrified. It took me maybe the first paragraph to start thinking “Wait, you’re going to bring trans people into this somehow, aren’t you?” but I was amazed at how she did it all the same. Making it all about trans women in women’s bathrooms was not expected. (I haven’t followed the murder case, but was a bathroom involved in any way?) Once again all about trans women, of course: apparently trans men don’t exist. I don’t get it: in TERFworld, trans men are women, right? So surely they deserve the support of the sisterhood when they bravely invade male bathrooms and thus strike a blow against the patriarchy? Or do they deserve anything they get for not staying in their place? Or are they all just confused lesbians?

Ninja Socialist
Ninja Socialist
25 days ago

It would be nice to see shows aimed at boys where girls are the heroes.

Lumipuna
Lumipuna
25 days ago

 It took me maybe the first paragraph to start thinking “Wait, you’re going to bring trans people into this somehow, aren’t you?” but I was amazed at how she did it all the same.

“…Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.”

(For those who can conjugate Latin, substitute reference about Romans seeking to conquer Transalpine Gaul.)

Kereea
Kereea
25 days ago

It’s not that bad a film. Definitely a good starting place for a new franchise to grow from, and the villain’s song where he raises an angry mob is both hilarious and catchy (“this is not the time for sober thinking!” is a line). Overall the racism is of course the fantastic type between multiple different types of ponies (earth ponies, unicorns, and pegusai) but it does a good job of setting up realistic style prejudices and stereotyping.

AWolfe
AWolfe
25 days ago

@rabid rabbit

(I haven’t followed the murder case, but was a bathroom involved in any way?)

It was not. The offender – whose name I see no reason to repeat – was a serving officer of the Metropolitan Police who ‘arrested’ his victim using Met-issued equipment and all of the appropriate formal words to get her restrained in the back of a rented vehicle.

What then followed culminated in her murder, and if you want the details – content warning for bald details of a vile crime delivered in dry judicial language – the judge’s sentencing remarks are online here.

Full Metal
25 days ago

@Ninja Socialist:

It would be nice to see shows aimed at boys where girls are the heroes.

What age boys are we talking about? There are anime shows galore with predominantly female casts, but with panty shots and jiggle out the kazoo.

The most efficient way to accomplish such a goal, I think, would be to make a show For Whom It Might Concern; that’s what Rebecca Sugar did with Steven Universe, whose male hero embodied a lot of classic Magical Girl tropes and was surrounded by a largely feminine-voiced supporting cast, representing a wide spectrum of gender, racial, and neurotype coding.

(Excuse me for pausing for a moment to squee about Connie Maheswaran: not only is she a standout Badass Normal [alert viewers have noticed that she’s studying a <a href=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalaripayattu&gt;martial art deriving from her heritage</a>] and an awesome model for allyship, but she’s doing so while dark-complected, heavy-browed, aquiline-featured, and—if you do the math in “Steven’s Birthday“—a Scorpio: a whole cluster of traits that Western media have villain-coded for centuries, belonging to a hero!)

I hate to shame anyone for their fandom but Bronies strike me as odd. I remember reading that they had to have a special showing for Bronies so they didn’t terrify the children who wanted to watch the show. Now they’ve grown so entitled they expect the show to conform to their creepy standards.

And this is what happens among people who have never had occasion to regard anyone besides themselves as a primary target audience—you can’t expect

(A while back, there were some male Steven Universe fans who attempted to establish the self-label “Gemtlemen”—to get roundly smacked down by the rest of the fandom; they were twice shy after having seen the precedent of the Bronies.)

@rabid rabbit:

I don’t get it: in TERFworld, trans men are women, right? So surely they deserve the support of the sisterhood when they bravely invade male bathrooms and thus strike a blow against the patriarchy? Or do they deserve anything they get for not staying in their place? Or are they all just confused lesbians?

Ah, but trans men are gender traitors—who, if they pass, automagically enjoy advantages identical to those of cis male socialization.

Lkeke35
Lkeke35
25 days ago

ParadoxicalIntention:
You know that the Venn Diagram of all three of these groups is basically one big circle! 😅😅😅

These things have only become “woke” (Jeebus I now hate that F*cking term whenever anybody white says it, which I suspect may have been the point of its misuse) because theses series and movies are now espousing opinions they don’t like, or don’t jive with their bigotries.

And this is also now the primary reason I no longer interact with or listen to any reviews or opinions coming from straight white guys between the ages of 15 and 40! I been burned too many times by bad actors to ever want to seek out their opinions on any form of popular media, especially if they’re not the audience for it (and most times even when they are.)

Last edited 25 days ago by Lkeke35
Ephrom Josine
Ephrom Josine
24 days ago

As someone who watched the movie, I can confirm this is true–and it’s great.

Katie
Katie
24 days ago

The level of revisionism is amazing. I remember when the original MLP: Friendship Is Magic came out and at that time the reactionaries were freaking out about it for being “politically correct” and undermining gender norms.

Lkeke35
Lkeke35
24 days ago

This also evinces a serious misunderstanding (whether deliberate or not) of the creation of childrens media, in that most children’s programming couldnt even get made unless it showed some sort of educational value, hence even in shows like the Transformers, He-Man, GI Joe, etc. which were mostly made to sell toys, there were social, environmental, and sometimes political messages, right out in the open. Sometimes the characters would simply give a speech after whatever animated carnage was over!

Most of the people who make children’s programming today, grew up watching that sort of programming, remember those cartoons fondly, care about kids, have kids of their own, and sometimes actually like their jobs, so yeah, they’re gonna put messages in it that they want their little middle class offspring to grow learning! Most of these creators are not white, misanthropic, disenfranchised edge lords who hate learning things (or just hate kids!)

LondonKdS
LondonKdS
24 days ago

@Full Metal

No, the current line among the British TERFs is that trans men are autistic butch lesbians who are being persuaded that they’re trans men in order to force them into line with conventional gender stereotypes.

Allandrel
Allandrel
24 days ago

@LondonKd S

Because OF COURSE they’re going to throw in some anti-autistic ableism along with their other bigotries. They really are committed to being as awful as possible, aren’t they?

Diego
Diego
24 days ago

At the risk of pissing off MLP fans, FiM was hardly “woke”. As a matter of fact they even had one episode dedicated to legitimizing Trump’s wall and conservative anti-immigration sentiments as “reasonable”. MLP was peak liberalism and that fandom is overrun by Nazis nowadays. Most of everyone I knew who was into the series left the fandom because it became a haven for nazis and pedophiles.

Hypatia's Daughter
Hypatia's Daughter
23 days ago

Prager University (PragerU) is not a university – nor a school – nor even a night school class that offers courses in Beginner Spanish or throwing pots. It isn’t even a diploma mill.
It is an American 501 non-profit media company that creates videos on various political, economic, sociological (& religious) topics from an American conservative viewpoint. The organization was co-founded by Allen Estrin and talk show host and writer Dennis Prager in 2009.
Yes, it is a right -wing media mill churning out propaganda videos, disguised as an institution of higher learning to give its opinions an air of authority & legitimacy.

Diego
Diego
23 days ago

@Hypathia’s Daughter

Yes, it is a right -wing media mill churning out propaganda videos, disguised as an institution of higher learning to give its opinions an air of authority & legitimacy.

And not just any regular type of Right wing propaganda, but specifically Nazi propaganda. The concepts of “Cultural Marxism” is nothing more than a rebranding of Hitler’s “Cultural Bolchevism”, same goes for the “Great Replacement”. People like Prager should be in jail for spreading Nazi ideology.

Last edited 23 days ago by Diego
Fabe
Fabe
23 days ago

At the risk of pissing off MLP fans, FiM was hardly “woke”. As a matter of fact they even had one episode dedicated to legitimizing Trump’s wall and conservative anti-immigration sentiments as “reasonable”.

What episode was that? I don’t remember seeing it unless it was after I stopped watching

Diego
Diego
22 days ago

@Fabe

What episode was that? I don’t remember seeing it unless it was after I stopped watching

It was in Season 7. Mind you the show started out progressive, but then went hardcore into appeasing right wing extremists and taking a centrist approach.

The episode in question presents the Changelings as mostly liberal, with one asshole obsessed with border security and antagonizing everyone for what he perceives as weakness. Finally, when he is rightfully chased out for behaving like an asshole, they get invaded as he had been prediciting all along. They fight off the invasion and he is invited back in and his whole discourse about strengthening the borders is entirely legitimized, along with his xenophobia and blatant displays of toxic masculinity.

The fact that that shit aired whilst Trump was chucking brown children into concentration camps is disgusting.

Discordia
Discordia
19 days ago

This reminds me or people that say the new Star Trek shows are too woke. Have they never seen Star Trek or the MLP:FIM? Because the themes really haven’t changed at all. Maybe the new movie touched a sour spot because it was pretty anti spreading bigotry and fear.

Luzbelitx
19 days ago

I finally watched it! 10/10 adooorable😻

Although I felt it lacked a connection with the Friendship is Magic story besides being set in the same world in a distant future.

There are winks to that here and there, but they never shed light into why the ponies divided in the first place or what was the fate of their protagonists. Even though there are literally toy versions of them! And especially for the transformation at the end….

I found it slightly unsettling, that’s all.

The rest, I loved. Nice pony ensamble, and I’m obviously Zipp
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