Yeah, I had my alarm set to 10 minutes before the episode would air. But as it went off it woke up that bitch my girlfriend and she turned it off. Dear single people, stay single. Relationships ruin poni time. Well, see you all in how many hours until these douchebags release the episode in HD before this thread turns into Scootaloo episode spoiler central.
>waking up at 10:20
>watching a livestream that crashes/lags
>sitting through commercials
>not waking up at three and watching HD Youtube rip immediately
One more reason staying awake till 7 AM is awesome.
. I don’t understand how it follows that because all fandoms have something of a dark side that we should therefore not even try to curb ours.
And I will counter with “Why should we curb ours?” The only reasons that are given is “Improve our public image” and “Rape’s bad.” Everyone who isn’t trolling or evil already agrees with the later. Real rape is a terrible thing Fictional rape of cartoon horses? Still not pretty, but is several orders of magnitude less bad. Fictional rape of cartoon horses that provides an interesting story or art? Definitely not.
I don’t give a shit what people think about me watching colorful horses, why should I give a shit about what people think about me watching colorful horses rape each other,
Feminists and the like who deride Button Mash and Molestia are arguing that they are making the pony fandom less accessible to a female audience and encouraging a rape culture.
I’ve never understood the concept of “rape culture.” Rape has for millennia been considered a vile and evil thing in Western Society. Want to make your villain a real bad guy? Have them rape someone. Killing people is something everyone does in media, but only the bad guys rape. Convicted rapists hold stigmas that follow them (rightfully) for the rest of their lives and if they raped a kid/old lady? They won’t have to worry about that stigma for long since prison will likely take care of them. The Rape of Nanking is held up in infamy for it’s war crimes, but no one ever seems to mention the Manila massacre, Sook Ching massacre, or the Three Alls Policy.
…but they at the very least invite us as decent human beings to solemnly examine the issue to make sure we aren’t perpetrating something harmful. I don’t think you need to capitulate to these claims, but you should at least have the dignity to consider them.
The root of their argument is “don’t do/allow this because some people are offended by it.” In both of their cases (Molestia, Button Mash), they’re arguing against things which are being used for comedy. Many forms of comedy are offensive in nature. Whether they play on stereotypes, or horrible events (What’s the difference between a Jew and a pizza? A pizza doesn’t scream when it’s put in an oven). Humor is, by it’s very nature, subjective. Some people may not enjoy the rape jokes, they may find them “immature,” but others do, and that includes rape victims.
That’s another part of it. Humor = tragedy + time. While it may not be true for everyone, some can find great relieve in making light of bad situations, including rape, that have befallen them and we, as humans, can find a little glimmer of hope and happiness in an otherwise horrible incident. As Bill Cosby said, “You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”
The third part is very simple. They want it to be addressed because some people get offended. There’s a very old fanfiction phrase that can sum up my response: “don’t like, don’t read.” If people get offended, then stop viewing the thing that’s offending you. Tumblr feminists have this strange “baby complex” that everyone needs to be coddled and protected. “We have to save the rape victims from being traumatized by the evils of Molestia/Button Mash!” This, despite the fact that, when I checked the #dwm hashtag on Tumlbr (because when I need to get my masochistic urges a scratching I just go on Tumblr for a few minutes), self-professed rape victims were 5-2 against #dwm. That number includes Pinkie Pony.
This “baby complex” can be seen even more with the “think of the children!” fallacy. Personal responsibility is something that seems to continue to erode in modern society. It’s not their job to stop themselves from looking at the >rape, it’s our job. We need to censor ourselves and stifle creativity because they’re too lazy to move their mouse three inches and click the back button. Because they have to spend hours upon hours railing over something that’s completely meaningless and harmless and will be forgotten in a few years while idiots in Africa rape fifteen year old virgins because they think it’ll cure their AIDS.
That’s why I don’t bother with their argument.
Twas good. I’m really glad they didn’t bother fully addressing the flight issue. I wasn’t prepared for the glut of Scootabuse that would have followed had she been crippled. It also appears they’re laying the foundation for some future episodes (fully addressing the flight issue [and possibly cutie mark] and the Equestria Games). I also liked that the song was a march. Not a genre that’s used too often outside of High School and military settings. Now, hopefully the dubstep remixes won’t say “screw that” and get rid if it in favor of that damn background beat that 70% of fandom songs use.
…am I the only one who noticed Miss Harshwhinny went from “Games Inspector” to “Chairpony of the IOC”?