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Is ‘My Little Pony’ Setting A Bad Example For Children?

Jun 20, 13 Is ‘My Little Pony’ Setting A Bad Example For Children?

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On episode two of the Dadstractions podcast, I briefly discuss the upcoming “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls” movie that is creeping me coming out this summer. I question why they felt it was necessary to have the ponies turn into humans in an alternate universe and WHY THE HELL ARE THEY SO CREEPY!?! Seriously, look at this picture: Pinky Pie looks like a Grey! Well, The Daily News recently published an article where they asked “Gen-X” moms in New York City what they thought of the pony-to-human metamorphosis the girls go through in the upcoming film. Beside the ham-fisted dozen or so equestrian-related jokes throughout the article, The Daily News offered up the typical fair I’ve come to expect whenever any iconic female character goes through a re-imagining. Comparisons to Barbie, complaints of the ponies-turned-human looking anorexic, dressing in mini-skirts and hooker boots and setting a bad example for young girls everywhere all sound very similar to the complaints about other major iconic female characters that have undergone changes in recent years. The 2009 confusing change to Dora The Explorer and the Minnie Mouse super model makeover in 2012 both garnered similar outrage from the public. Is this really an issue? Do kids really try to model themselves after the cartoons they watch? Are they really trying to compare themselves to Dora, or Minnie, Barbie or Ponies? I grew up watching He-Man, G.I. Joe and Transformers and I never felt I needed to get all crazy muscular, run around shooting guns and, I don’t know… transform? There was that time the Decepticons got wasted on Energon though… These characters are the property of their owners and they will do with them as they wish. They’re nothing but a giant marketing ploy designed to sell toys to kids anyway. And, if your kids look up to these characters as role models, help your kids to know the difference between emulating the behavior these characters portray versus trying to model themselves after the characters’ clothing or physical appearance. I’m against the...

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Celebrate Star Wars Day This May 4th

This weekend is jam-packed with goodness for us nerds. Not only is Iron Man 3 coming out this weekend; not only is Free Comic Book Day this weekend; this Saturday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day! (“May the Fourth Be With You!”) There are any number of way you can celebrate Star Wars Day this year: You can watch the entire Star Wars saga from beginning to end! (which, any nerd worth their Imperial Credits knows goes in order of IV, V, VI, I, II, III). You can pick up and play any number of Lego Star Wars Games (man I love those). You can combine Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day and go pick up the free Star Wars comic (make sure buy something while you’re there and support your local comic book shop!). And, when you’re done celebrating Star Wars Day, you can go to and buy some awesome Star Wars swag.  Might I suggest Slave 1? The fine folks at Hasbro have provided me with a 20% off coupon code to share with you so you can save a little cash while you celebrate. Use the Promo Code SWFANDAY for 20% off any Star Wars toy on, only on May 4th!* Have a great weekend.  Go see Iron Man 3 (let me know what you think), go check out and save 20% on Star Wars products, and use the money you save and go check out Free Comic Book Day (and buy an issue or two to support the shop!). I will definitely be taking my kids to pick up some free comics, and maybe even watch The Empire Strikes Back with them for the first time.   *20% Off STAR WARS Fan Day, One Day Only-May 4th 20% off offer may only be redeemed through the website toward the purchase of STAR WARS products currently available on the site. Discount applies to pre-tax and pre-shipping amount. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash....

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Popular Culture: “So Say We All”

My wife was puttering around the house the other day while my daughter was watching  Netflix streaming.  Half listening to what was being said in the TV, my wife heard a familiar phrase, “So Say We All.”  She couldn’t wait to tell me about it. If you are not familiar, “So Say We All” is a phrase used as an affirmation by the surviving humans on the reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’.  What’s important here is that my daughter wasn’t watching Battlestar Galactic when this was said; she was watching on Ben 10. The lines have definitely blurred. Pop culture is our culture now. Everything is a reference to something else and if you are savvy enough in pop culture to catch the references, it usually makes things all-the-more enjoyable (well, for me anyway). I love sitting down to watch ‘My Little Pony‘ or ‘Phineas and Ferb‘ with my kids because those shows are rife with pop culture references (and they are just, in general, entertaining). In fact, I’m pretty sure when my children have grown and they sit down to watch some old movies, they will realize that at least a dozen movies have been spoiled for them because of the cartoons they watched as children. Man, that’s going to be a rude awakening. I’ve pretty much given up on trying to spot or call out all the pop culture references in the cartoons my children watch because there are just too many. I’m not exactly sure when this movement started but it is completely pervasive and I love it. I guess it happened because people my age are the ones now writing these cartoons and television shows. They are the children who grew up during the true rise of popular culture. The children who would wake up every Saturday at 7am to watch ‘The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo‘, ‘Monchichis‘, ‘Smurfs‘ and ‘Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears‘.  The kids who ran home from school to watch ‘He-Man‘, ‘She-Ra‘, ‘G.I. Joe‘, ‘Ghostbusters‘ and...

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