|Former artist. Just on the sidelines now.|
|Former artist. Just on the sidelines now.|
Really? A show intended to sell plastic toys encouraging parents to discuss these topics with their kids, and perhaps to examine their own views while they're at it? Investigations into the human history that made these themes relevant? What's the world coming to...
So what about these themes?
Communism/Marxism: The ponies in the Unnamed Village all live in identical (drab) homes, with their leader's home differentiated by position within the village. While nobody appears to be really badly off, any sort of achievement or "getting ahead" is explicitly forbidden. We've seen how this plays out in our own world. Heck, we even write songs about it:
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.
Conflating "equal rights" with "sameness" under the umbrella label "equality" is not a fallacy unique to megalomaniac ponies.
Cults of Personality: My name for the village is "Ponestown". This is an admittedly sick pun on the worst mass-suicide in modern history: Jonestown. Follow the link. You have some reading to do. This is serious, serious shit that makes Heaven's Gate look like mere amateurs. It's always the same: a leader who has somehow gotten the One True Way where billions of others have failed appears; the leader promises heaven on earth, if only you will give up your free will and materialistic ways; equality is promised but somehow there is always an enforcer-class that is more "equal" than others; but if the outside world threatens it is better to destroy everything... and yourself... to achieve this paradise. And nosey outsiders? Assimilate or slaughter.
Enforced conformity: Wow, they even came right out and said it... "no pony left behind". Everyone even had to have the same mane-cut. Sure, it's an attractive idea on paper. But when conformity is valued above performance, brutality towards the "different" becomes acceptable, even encouraged. We've all seen this, and some of us are guilty of it. Dress wrong in school? Maybe a beating from a bully will teach you. Or being expelled by the school administration, that's acceptable response too. The solution? Uniforms! Just like you were in an army, or a prison, or a cult. And if you love wrong...
But hey! Didn't that marching look snappy? And that music... nothing bad could ever come from oompah-band music...
Utopianism: "One man's utopia is everyone else's hell". Utopias are xenophobic. Utopias require enforcement. Nobody ever leaves. All of this is present in how Prophet Pony has hidden what she's doing from the rest of the world, spreading her beliefs through predation. This, too, has tragic analogues in the real world. Though the first words spoken are always "anybody can leave any time they want", the truth is inevitably the brutal opposite. After all, the apostate and the heretic are always hated more than the unbeliever... if somebody who had experienced Utopia subsequently rejected it, it can't very well be as perfect as advertised, can it?
Informant societies: The ever-persistent threat of the internal dissident. Fearless Leader Glimmer thrives upon informants and the persistent threat she creates of any sort of disagreement (not just with each other, but especially disagreeing with her). She suppresses any sort of questioning, and cultivates informants (what was the price of Fluttershy's freedom?). Does any of this sound familiar?
Brainwashing and Indoctrination: As creepy as the invocation of the marching hammers from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was, the scenes showing what was being done to the Mane Six to break them were darker. That shit is real. It's used everywhere, from Chinese reeducation camps to GITMO to supermax prisons. The BATF used it in its attack upon the Branch Davidians. Compare what you saw in those scenes with what is used in reality.
“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”The more I think about it, the more courageous this episode seems. This is taking on some of the darkest, most reprehensible behavior used by self-styled prophets, charismatic dictators and authoritarian governments throughout the world. I never, ever would have expected this, not even after the Michael Bay-class explosionfest that was Twilight's Kingdom.