Y’know, the funny thing about shows that teach us about friendship is that they typically don’t have the word “friendship” in the title — they don’t need to because they actually SHOW they’re all about friendship without needing to TELL us. But not this, either in or out of universe. Here’s why. Let’s look at the episode Magic Duel. Lauren Faust wanted this episode pulled, but of course the showrunners went through with it anyway because how else are you going to bring back the witch Trixie so bronies can write porn of her and jack off to Trixie plushies? What the showrunners did is just plain scummy to the person who gave us what could have remained a good show had it continued in the right way. Now from an in-universe perspective. Trixie uses the Alicorn Amulet to remove Pinkie Pie’s mouth, and never give it back for the rest of the episode, even leaving her that way when she returns the others to normal. And we’re supposed to find it FUNNY. It gets worse, because Trixie faces no punishment for what she did (she may have been corrupted, but she is still responsible because she chose to wear the amulet). It doesn’t even seem to matter to anyone later that Pinkie hasn’t been returned to normal, even though she was one of the ponies who helped save Twilight’s ungrateful ass and defeat Trixie. It is the most sickening display of phony righteousness I’ve ever seen in any show. Does it seem fair to you that Pinkie had to deal with not being able to eat or speak but nothing bad happened to Trixie? Pinkie would have FUCKING STARVED TO DEATH if she hadn’t had her mouth returned eventually. Following Trixie’s defeat, we get a timeskip to Twilight putting on a show for some foreigners. That’s right, she felt THAT was a bigger priority than putting Pinkie’s mouth back on. That’s the least you could do after she helped you like any GOOD friend would, you spoilt little shit. Answer me this: why exactly did Twilight wait so long? If she forgot, then she is negligent and irresponsible. If she wanted Pinkie to shut up, then she mistreats her “friends” for her own convenience. EITHER OF THESE THINGS MAKE HER A TOXIC FRIEND. PICK. YOUR. POISON. And how about the episode Flutter Brutter where Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy ignore Pinkie while she’s trying to get their attention and calling, “It’s me! Your friend!”? TL;DR: This disingenuous show fails at teaching about friendship because it routinely mistreats Pinkie for laughs, even though she never means any harm to anyone, not even those who hurt her. Yes, she makes mistakes, and those mistakes have consequences, but she never means it and is immediately sorry for it. The lesson this show teaches: “You can be an asshole and not face any consequences for it.” This show is far more cynical underneath the surface than bronies want you to believe. If you want to abuse characters for laughs, go ahead — just be honest and don’t do it while pretending to run a good-hearted, decent show.
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