|I just want to reiterate that it's not accurate to equate the current generation of MLP to things like barbie and tinkerbell and whatnot.|
Nah, you sound like a zealous wackjob brony to me.
|Lauren Faust wanted to break age and gender barriers when she revamped the show, and, well clearly it worked.|
Oh, wait, am I supposed to feel put-in-my-place because of the obvious superiority of "cute things" like talking cartoon ponies over other well-designed children's fare? Because no matter what you say, MLP is still a children's show, targeted at kids. (And most modern children's programming is carefully designed to appeal to adults as well.)
If you had seen some of the new stuff, like the Tinkerbell movies, you'd know they are very well done, with good uplifting messages and better animation than usual. MLP isn't the only thing that breaks age and gender barriers -- though it may be the most conspicuous.
Oh, and if you were really a fan of Tara Strong's accomplishments instead of her boobs you'd know that she has done a lot of the "whatnot" you are carelessly knocking.
I do agree with is that Hasbro has been very stupid about it's fan base, in terms of what it has done with its properties.
But don't start flinging your monkey poo at me. We're talking about an animated cartoon, not great works of art and literature.