I fear this post may get me in trouble with some of my friends, but I’m going to be honest. This week’s League assignment:
What piece of pop culture did you HATE as a kid?
Oh boy. Here goes.
I was a typical ’80s girl. Sure, I played with He-Man and GI Joe, but my room was filled with Strawberry Shortcake, Jem, Rainbow Brite, Princess of Power, Sweet Secrets, Sea Wees, Barbie, and all manner of other girly toys. There was one line, however, that I hated.
I despised My Little Pony. I never got the appeal. I kinda hated the Care Bears, too, but something about those damn ponies that just escaped me. My classmates were wild about the brightly colored ponies with the creepy faces and butt tattoos, but I liked my toy horses like Swift Wind or Starlite (Rainbow Brite’s steed). “But they have hair you can brush!” So? “But they have personalities!” Look, I’m weird, OK? I get it. They’re girly and silly, and they represent a lot of the things I hated about girls’ toys when I was a kid. My Little Pony and Care Bears didn’t have the darkness other toy lines had. (I know, neither did Strawberry Shortcake or Rainbow Brite, but I was little when I liked those.) Even when I was six or so, my favorite cartoon was Dungeons and Dragons or Blackstar. I required more than My Little Pony could offer.
Full disclosure? I don’t get the current MLP craze either. Yes, I’m sure Friendship is Magic is hilarious, and everybody has a favorite pony that matches their personality perfectly. (Oh, wait, I’m sorry. Everypony. Ew. I feel dirty even saying it.) But I tried to watch the show. The shrill voices gave me a headache. And I’m a huge fan of The Powerpuff Girls, which is chock full of shrill voices. I didn’t get the humor. (I mean, I got it. I just didn’t want it.) At the end of the day, they’re still ponies. Give them all the personality you want, they’re talking ponies. For some reason, I can suspend my disbelief for a lot of things, but ponies with dynamic personalities miss me completely.
So if you’re into My Little Pony, it’s cool. I can dig it for other people. Just don’t ask me to come over and brush Moondancer’s mane.