Mothers Express Concern Over 'My Little Pony' Makeover
Moms of My Little Pony fans everywhere are growing increasingly concerned with the newer, sexier ponies — and now, they aren’t even ponies anymore.
The famous franchise is releasing a new movie called “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls” that will focus on a group of six girls in tall boots and short skirts. Much like the controversial Bratz dolls, these girls have long legs, tiny waists and big, glossy eyes.
“They look like the Spice Girls,” said Karen Lau, a 40-year-old mom from the upper West Side in Manhattan.
Lau said she will not be taking her kids to see the film, which opens Sunday in theaters.
“They’re a little too sexy," she said. "It’s an image I don’t want my daughters to grow up with.”
The moms of today grew up with a much more innocent version of My Little Pony from the 1980s, where the characters — who were actually horses — had a much more innocent and playful look as they wandered around Ponyland having adventures.
“I like the group of older My Little Ponies better, because they’re a little bit more innocent and pure-looking,” said Linda Warshaw, another mother from the upper West Side.
“They’re not ponies anymore! So what’s the appeal?” said 29-year-old Washington Heights mom, Eynat Amir, who was a fan of the original My Little Pony. “These look more like Bratz dolls.”
The ponies, however, are just another children’s icon modernized for a culture obsessed with self image. In addition to the already sexy Sailor Moon, Barbie and Bratz characters, Strawberry Shortcake slimmed down and wore lipstick for a 2008 makeover, and even Dora the Explorer switched out her cargo shorts for a skirt in 2009. Disney, too, remodeled Merda, the character from the recently released animated film Brave, to make her look older and prettier.
For now, other moms see the changes an inevitable but easily avoided by just not buying the products or allowing their kids to go see these movies.
“I am fine with modernization,” said Lyss Stern, another New York mother and founder of online network DivaLysscious Moms. “If there’s something you think is too risqué, then don’t have your child watch it.”
Sources: New York Daily News, Feminspire