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Before my personal thoughts are stated, I urge everyone to read this post regarding the fan reaction toward Equestria Girls on Equestria Daily: www.equestriadaily.com/2013/05…

Now, I don't like getting involved with the latest Brony news and hype, but I feel it necessary this time to state my absolute disgust and concern over something I was made aware of this evening. The fan reaction to the up and coming Equestria Girls movie. First let me be clear, my feelings toward the movie, either being optimistic or pessimistic, plays no roll in this journal entry. I withhold all of my opinions on the matter. However, I learned that there has been a major uproar in the community, and a good number of degrading, and/or threatening emails have been made to both Hasbro and DHX Animation. I can not even begin to state how appalled I am after hearing this.

First off, nobody likes being negatively criticized. If you don't have something nice to say, then do the world a favor and don't say it. I could care less how offended or annoyed somebody is, especially by something like Equestria Girls. If you find it necessary to write a nasty comment or email, then the issue lies with you, and only you. Don't be that guy. Don't be rude. Don't be immature. If My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has taught anything at all, is it to treat other people with kindness and respect, no matter if they are a friend, somebody you have never met, or the creators behind My Little Pony and Equestria Girls.

I want to publicly state my thanks and appreciation to the staff, animators, writers, voice talents, music talents, and everybody else at DHX. Without them, we wouldn't have the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic we all know and love. I am very, very saddened by, and sorry for all the negativity being directed toward you after all the hard work and passion you put into Equestria Girls. It is so, so wrong of people to direct their aggravation and disrespect toward you, or anybody else who is responsible for creating Equestria Girls. I respect all the hard work put into every single aspect MLP and EQG has to offer, and admire your devotion to both the show/movie as well as the fandom. It is difficult to please the huge number of people that watch My Little Pony, but DHX manages to do it extremely often. Not only do you have it down pat, but you have a real gift. Thank you DHX.

I urge everybody reading this journal to leave your rude, angry comments at the door, and give thanks to not only everyone at DHX, but every single person who make My Little Pony, and consequently Equestria Girls possible. I am not much of a twitter person, but there is a campaign underway to include the #thankyouDHX hashtag in your twitter posts, thanking DHX for their incredible animation skills and dedication to the show we love.

Thank you for sticking with me through this post. I just needed to get this off my chest.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconclapplz: Thank you for posting this. When I found out about what some people did I just couldn't help but feel sorry for the guys working on EQG.

But once EQG comes out I'm sure everything will die down. ^_^
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sebadg Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
sadly is always the idiots who represent us because they go out of the way to do stupid things like threats, and worst of all they are like 1% of the fandom...
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NomDeCheval Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I disagree (and agree, actually) with one thing you say--to a point. Negative criticism is good when it is constructive. Destructive, immature, offensive criticism--especially of something that you have not seen or experienced--is pointless and should be ignored. If someone has a knowledgeable, sound viewpoint to present that does negatively criticism something that you have done, then you can do nothing but grow from it. If you don't work on your flaws--that generally have to be pointed out to you--then you don't really grow as a person or an artist.

:)
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wildtiel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But constructive criticism is not negative criticism. If you are constructively critiquing something, you are pointing out the good aspects, and picking apart the bad as a kind gesture with hopes to help improve the thing overall. There is nothing negative about it. (I.E. positive criticism)

Any and all forms of negative criticism are, as you said, intended to be demeaning, offensive, or thoughtless. If it was made to be worthwhile or helpful, it wouldn't be called negative. =)
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NomDeCheval Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah! I see your point.

I was thinking of the negative aspects of constructive criticism and lumping those in. What you are calling negative criticism, I generally call destructive criticism, since it has nothing to build upon.

But, ultimately, we are saying the exact same thing, with the exact same viewpoint. I stand with you.

:)
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Silverkitty779 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
A very valid point. I support this, and I am still disgusted that people were sending vicious hate mail about it. If you don't like it, turn the other way. I'm going to give it an honest attempt. I know it's going to be strange, but hey, didn't a lot of us try MLP saying, "There's no way I'm going to like this" or "This is going to be so stupid, I'm going to watch it so I can laugh at it" or some other variation of those two phrases? Maybe the same thing will happen with Equestria Girls. While the plot is seeming cliche at the moment, I'm sure there's going to be some twist thrown in. Even if there isn't, c'mon. Watching Twilight eat an apple like a pony in the human world? Little things like that are good to see! I'm still feeling pretty....unsure about it, but I'm going to give it a shot.
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lordzid Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say. I was never angry with the Fact of the movie and that the character became human... my anger was at the fact that I love Spike as a support character and when I heard that he was going to be a dog and I saw it with my own eyes I made some Fan art (ranting) being offensive to Hasbro.

But my anger was directed to the Fact that Spike was going to be a dog not the fact of the movie. I want to see the movie I tried to get into ''my littlest pet shop'' but I couldnt and I though this movie may change my mind about the other show.

So as soon as I saw the Trailer and I saw Spike it got to my nerves. But i was not angry at DHX or the Creative team but at the decision of making Spike a good support character a dog. as simple as that.

A day after I made the piece when everything was more Calm I made another comic explaining my feelings about the desicion and apologizing about my behavior.

Is unfair to bash the creative team they cant do nothing about it the movie is to move merchandise thats it and we are not really the target of the company, the target are kids that they dont really see much difference since they are only there( the movies) to have fun.

I know maybe someone out there will understand my point of view but until then Im sorry. this is my apology [link]

Thank you for your time.

Lordzid
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unassuminguser Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the life of me I still don't understand why anyone is giving a single care towards a non canon movie. I thought people would be smart enough to ignore it. I guess not.
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ArcCahlon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for me my only major complaint from when this all broke months ago was seeing the hideous cutie marks on there face, but as the trailer has shown that was not true so i'm good my only other concern is there personalities but since it won't air till june that is something we'll just have to wait and see. given its the same staff as MLP I have faith it will be funny, may not be what we all like but its not going to be a total disaster. I give it a few weeks after it's aired before all the hate is clearded out, just like with alicorn twilight all the fear will be over once folks get the chance to see it. for me I'll wait till it comes out till then i am going to keep laughing my ass off at the trailer thinking of futashy (except it being spike and not fluttershy) everytime I see it.
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StinsonJr Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Couldn't agree more, especially with the "If MLP:FIM has taught us anything..." part. People need to be more unbiased about situations like this. We'll see if this movie is as great as the series or not, no need to prejudge it even if the art style won't fit your preferences.
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mur4din Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
People are simply afraid of changes, thats why everone went nuts when we got the first hints that Twilight might turn into an alicorn. Same goes with EqG. They are simply afraid to dwell into something completly new from what they used to know, and now simply freaking out. Imagine what would happen if a popular video game like HL2 would take an 180 turn, and the next HL game would be an RTS instead of FPS. Everyone would go mad for a week or two, even if the game is very good, but after a few week every one will simply calm down and accept the changes then go play with the game.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The same thing happened with Halo Wars, in fact. When it was announced all of the Halo fans got up in arms over it. And when it came out they complained and called it stupid. Granted, it did have its flaws. But it was the first step into RTSs that Bungie ever made with Halo, and so it was new to them. I played it for a little while, and I must say, despite its flaws(and despite me getting creamed), I enjoyed it.
Over all, I agree with you on this. People are afraid of change because they are afraid of letting go of what they already know. Afraid of letting go of the past.
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wildtiel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DeviantArt comments seriously need a 'like' feature. I couldn't agree more.
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NuttyEngineer Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I agree. I can't really say that I'm 100% optimistic about EqG, but sending threats to DHX is plain out despicable. Especially threats towards some members of the MLP staff who like to keep in close contact with the fans (and who do this by their own choice btw).

I don't get why some people feel the need to take their frustration out on others, especially the people who work their asses off to bring us this show. If you really need to complain, send it to Hasbro because they instruct the changes upon DHX.

I'll just wait and see how EqG turns out. If it's good, it's good. If it sucks, then buck it, season 4 is on it's way.

My 2 cents.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I could see critical thoughts going to Hasbro, but DHX doesn't really have much say. The idea that people would send degrading or threatening messages to either is nothing short of disgraceful. :icontwidisappointplz:
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Forevergent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
What's this? A well-thought out journal entry with sound argument? What sorcery is this?!

No, in all seriousness, you made a great argument. I have been seeing lots and lots of hate comments regarding Equestria Girls. I admit, the trailer and the concept originally turned me off and had me facepalming, but I saw that it was being written by the same team that gave us the show, which originally had me making the same reaction as this. So, learning from my mistakes, I'm going to watch the movie and give it a chance.

It could give me some ideas for my Human in Equestria fanfic that I just started working on. I hope that the movie doesn't let me down all the way. Even if there would only be a small amount of good and a large amount of bad in the movie, I'd still watch it for the sake of enjoying something written by the same people who gave us a cartoon that I enjoy.
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