You all have probably know about the new generation of My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic. It has, for one reason or another, become an overnight sensation. Whether or not you like the show yourself, you have to admit that its success is impressive.
However, it raises a question. Lauren Faust has worked on other popular shows, and has been working on her own line of toys, The Galaxy Girls. How did she wind up creating the re-make of some 80’s toy commercial instead of working on her own show ideas? It could be that she’s just nostalgic about her childhood My Little Pony toys or something, but even then, what artist wouldn't rather work on their own idea?
I read this news story a few years ago. It was about 6 girls who all went to the same school, and died on the same day, November 7th, 2004. A friend of mine from N.C. sent me the article from a small local newspaper. I forgot about it until I was watching a few episodes of My Little Pony and realized the main characters are surprisingly similar to the girls who died. I decided to look for that article again. The paper had either gotten shut down or I had mis-remembered the name, so I tried tracking down my old World of Warcraft buddy and asked him for the article. Turned out he happened to have the file saved to his computer, and I was right! There’s a definite connection here!
The first girl, named Samantha Gales, was obviously the inspiration for Fluttershy. A shy, introverted girl, what her classmates didn’t know was that she was constantly abused at home by her mother and stepfather. Her mother conceived her at age 15, and she blamed poor Samantha for ruining her life. This made Samantha self-conscious. When her stepfather moved in, this made the neglect worsen. Her stepfather never liked having to take care of Samantha when her mother was away, so he would lock her in the basement and leave her, sometimes for a whole day. Her mother tolerated this, and, as she grew, would hit Samantha for talking out of turn. When her half-sister was born, the abuse became considerably worse. She would be starved, forced to sleep outside, and sometimes beaten outright. Because she dressed in shabby clothes and had low self-esteem, other kids at school often picked her on. Her only friends were animals she would rescue, which her family would make her get rid of. She committed suicide by overdosing on Valium.
The second, named Janice Walters, was always one of the popular girls. She was rich, smart, beautiful, and seemed to live the charmed life. However, her parents argued constantly and were really only together for appearances. She was held up to a high standard, which made her a perfectionist. She wanted to be a designer and live in Paris, but her parents wanted her to remain in Carolina and marry a proper man, one of good breeding and high income. For the most part, her parents ignored her. Her parents’ only concern was appearing rich and of high social standing, but in reality, her mother married her father because of money, and since he had accumulated so much debt, they had been losing money, fast. This is what got her interested in fashion initially, since she started making her own fashionable clothes to maintain the appearance of wealth. She died in a car crash, when her mother and father got into another argument over money while he was driving. Her neck was snapped on impact and she died instantly. She was clearly the inspiration for Rarity.
Then there was Alexandra Matthews. Alex was a competitive girl. She always sought to be the best at the best, especially at sports, track in particular. Her father always wanted a boy, and since her mother was declared incapable of having another child, he decided to raise her as if she was his son. In the end though, she loved her mother and father, and was more than happy to play sports with her father. She excelled at them, even. This made her popular, and by the time she was in high school, was being sought out by athletic scouts from Colleges all over the country. This made her try even harder. She had always wanted to compete in the Olympics. However, when she was 15, her mother, who had been told she could never have another child, had a son. After that, her parents didn’t pay very much attention to her, which made her more determined to succeed. She ended up pushing herself so hard at track; she neglected her friends, her grades, and even her personal health. At one point, she became so desperate, she started taking steroids. What her and her family didn’t know was that she had a minor heart condition that the steroids worsened. Since she was pushing herself so hard physically as well, she ended up collapsing during a match due to a heart complication. She died in the hospital, a few days later. In the show, Rainbow Dash seems the most similar.
The girl most similar to Applejack, Jamie Sanders, was a farm girl, just like the character based off of her. What the show didn’t include was that her farm was run down, and her family always struggling with money. She often times worked odd jobs under the table to try and help to support her family. She had many brothers and sisters, and she was the second, which meant it was up to her and her brother to take care of the “youngins”. This meant she didn’t have enough time to hang out with friends or take any extracurricular activities, or even do her homework on most nights. She had an aunt, whom her family from Manhattan was based off, who kept offering to send money to support her mother and father, but they were proud and always refused. That is until her father died from a heart attack in 2001. Her mother followed shortly after, having killed herself when she couldn’t handle the pressure of taking care of all the children. They were taken in by their then senile grandma, who was incapable of truly take care of them. Jamie herself often times helped with other family’s yard work to keep her family afloat. She died when she fell into a wood chipper.
Pinkie Pie’s inspiration probably has the saddest story. Katherine Jackson was a foster child and moved from home to home. Her birth father killed her mother and himself in a fit of rage when she was 5, and she could never quite settle into a good home. Some of the foster families who would take her in were merely interested in the financial support adopting a child would bring, and would refuse to feed or cloth her. Even when she was in a nice home with a good family, the old memories still haunted her, breaking her fragile sanity into a million pieces. She would have nightmares of her mother’s screaming and bleeding and her father screaming for her, claiming to be after her next. By the time, she was in high school, she completely snapped. She started to hallucinate and act out in class. Many of the other kids and even teachers assumed she was merely hyperactive and was trying to be funny. She would often times paint and draw and write about fantastical things, and dressed in over the top clothing. All the while her condition was getting worse and worse, the voices and images becoming more realistic and more demanding. She died when she jumped off a building, one of the voices having told her she could fly. What makes that last fact even more chilling is that Lauren originally designed Pinkie Pie to be a Pegasus, as seen in her early development sketches.
The last, Twilight Sparkle’s inspiration, was an A student by the name of Cynthia Little. She was held up to a high standard from a young age. Her older brother was always getting awards for academic and athletic achievement, and she was held up to the same high standard. She ended up neglecting other facets of her life in order to make sure she got the best grades. For a while, this worked. Her parents were proud of her accomplishments and bragged to their friends about having not just one genius child, but two. That is until a local private academy for the gifted started to become interested in her, among several other advanced students. She knew that this would be the best opportunity she could have to prove herself as the perfect child. But the pressure was high. She knew that there were limited spots for new students, and she knew that there would be a test and an essay required to get in. So she became a little desperate. She studied to the point where she would hardly eat, and never sleep. As the test closed in, she panicked, and she opted to find an essay online to copy, and during the test resorted to cheating. When she was caught, her parents were horrified. She sank into a deep depression, and eventually hung herself to save herself the shame of being an imperfect daughter.
You might be wondering now why Lauren Faust would be inspired to make a sweet children’s show inspired by such depressing events. Perhaps she felt some odd need to give the girls closure, or perhaps to tell their stories in any way she could. Think about it. In the show, Fluttershy is able to take care of animals she adores; Rarity is a successful designer with loving parents; Rainbow Dash is in fact a great athlete; Applejack has a successful farm; Pinkie Pie is happy with not a care in the world; and Twilight Sparkle was accepted into an exclusive school. Maybe, just maybe, she wanted to give the spirits of these girls what the always wanted.
And I think they’re happy.
Big-Will wrote:Okay, who here really gives a f*ck about MLP?
Bronies creep me the hell out, Will. I have never seen a more disgusting fanbase than the bronies of MLP:FiM, enough said.
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Seriously, nobody likes you. Fuck off.
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Big-Will wrote:Okay, who here really gives a f*ck about MLP?
You do for posting. I'm not a brony, I just like Creepypasta.
Big-Will wrote:Okay, who here really gives a f*ck about MLP?
nwt000 wrote:Bronies creep me the hell out, Will. I have never seen a more disgusting fanbase than the bronies of MLP:FiM, enough said.
Bronies creep you out, and yet you're sickly obsessed with the female characters on South Park. How is that different? If I didn't know any better, I'd think you actually would want to have sex with them.
I'm not a brony, but I can't help but notice your double standard. People like what they like. They never have control over it. It's like saying someone is gross for liking people with black hair. It makes no sense. They can't help it. Who are they hurting? How are they disgusting? Because of a bunch of sexual or erotic MLP animations and images circling the net? Some South Park fans do the same thing, you know. This is the result of almost any fandom.
GeminiShamrock wrote:My Little Pony needs to go the f*ck away. (Sorry, Shane.)
Well, I can say the same about Republicans, but comparing a harmless interest with a political ideology isn't really that fair.
I'm probably taking this a bit out of context in the hope that you're at least slightly sarcastic, but let me be frank in the event that you're not.
So, Justin Bieber sucks. I don't deny that. But it's a harmless interest some people have that doesn't affect you in the slightest, if you know how to control yourself. Nobody's forcing anyone to watch any cartoon.
Shane, keep your interests and take them in stride. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I don't watch MLP, but I wouldn't take kindly to people telling me things I like should just go the fuck away just because they don't like them. The fact that these so-called "bronies" are out in the open says a lot about how confident they are about what they like and their indifference towards people who choose to ridicule them. There's a lot to be admired in that.
My girlfriend watches it, and she likes it mostly because a couple of her guy friends got her into it. Should it disappear because a lot of dudes like it, or because you personally don't? Many guys I know who like it say they like it because of the fandom, and the fact that people share things with one another. It's less to do with the actual show.
Honestly, as much as I love South Park, the fandom means at least as much to me as the show, if not moreso. I've met lots of great people because of this show.
So hate away, haters- while you're hatin', I'll be having fun in a fandom that produces more content in the span of a week than the South Park fandom does in a decade.
Milo Vonnegut wrote:You do for posting. I'm not a brony, I just like Creepypasta.
Then you've shown that your OP didn't deserve its own thread. You could have mentioned you like CreepyMcPasta in a random thread and even posted that whole year-old post and I wouldn't have posted a thing in reply.
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