I’m not talking in terms of the old animation or the jokes. I’m talking about the unfortunate subtext throughout the show’s — for lack of a better word — narrative.
In fact, looking back on the classic show now, it smacks very much of the sort of non-intersectional, racist, white feminism that pervades our society today. Three “perfect” white girls screaming about girl power while beating up on stereotypes of ethnic minorities and minorities in general — hillbillies (fuzzy lumpkins), people of color (gang green gang), queer people (Him), and other– namely Jewish — women who try to have power (Princess Morbucks) or express their sexuality in a way that is queer and not submissive to men (Sedusa) with as much blood and violence as possible.
And, of course, the only villains who can possibly beat the PPG are the Rowdy Rough Boys.
Because white males are superior to everyone else, basically.
I stumbled on this post here tonight after I decided I wanted to read about the new PPG reboot and see if it was any good. What I found? The reboot is crap. One episode openly mocked transgender people, then after being criticized for it, released a horrific episode about a pony that wanted to be a unicorn. People thought it was the show’s well-meaning attempt to make up for being transphobic jerks in the past, but I think it was a malicious mockery of transgender people from bitter creators who don’t like being called out on their bigotry.
It was just so mean, full of dick jokes and shit about operations, hidden behind a thin veil of supposed good intentions fed to us through the sweet mouth of innocent wide-eyed Bubbles.
Apparently, Bubbles — sweet and kind as she is — has always been used to make the most disturbingly prejudiced commentary on the shows, both old and new.