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FiM TNtMD - Page 26: Friendship Worth Fighting For by ArofaTamahn FiM TNtMD - Page 26: Friendship Worth Fighting For by ArofaTamahn
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Okay, lots of stuff to talk about here. Stop reading now if rage-editorials are not entertaining for you.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an attack on any religion of any kind, but an expression of annoyance at the propagation old, harmful, and thankfully dead traditions. It is critique written with the intent to promote free-thinking, and right to express love as one sees fit, without feeling they have to fulfill arbitrary social norms. Enjoy. :)

Something that really bugs me about A Canterlot Royal Wedding is, like all other pop-culture, the manner of wedding it pushes for us all to celebrate. i.e. the traditional wedding ceremony, which I find very, very distasteful.

Nahmat doesn't touch on this because, fortunately, it was never a part of her cultural history. But, when I look at one of these traditional wedding ceremonies, and watch the motions they go through as they're being performed, I, alas, do not see it as the happy ritual for initiating the official union of two lovers that it is. Instead, I am reminded of its nature in old, unenlightened times, where the woman was reduced to a mere object with no rights over her life, being handed over from the cage of her father to the cage of her husband.

The propagation of ugly, archaic traditions aside, if this is supposed to be a happy occasion, why is "Here Comes The Bride" always the typical wedding march? If I recall correctly, it's from a tragic opera where the groom dumps the bride, leaving her to die of grief, and The Bridal Chorus is an omen of that bitter end. Not something I'd want preformed at my wedding, to say nothing of its nauseating overuse.

To crown it all, we then have Twilight Sparkle perform the only song in Friendship is Magic that I can call truly revolting.

"Love is in bloom.
A beautiful bride, a handsome groom,
two hearts becoming one.
A bond that cannot be undone because
Love is in bloom?"

The uncreative and dull melody aside, the message of the song is very disturbing. Is this to say that their love could not be truly realized until AFTER they were married? Love WAS in bloom long before the thought of exchanging vows crossed their mind. That's why they got married in the first place! Or it should be. In all likelihood, they'd want us to believe that they were saving themselves for after they were wed, which is BAD. Very, very, bad. You shouldn't marry just because you have a little crush on someone, only to find the person you vowed to live the rest of your life with is terrible in bed.

And then there's this:

"You're starting a life and making room
For us?"

So, "get outta our series, you were a distracting annoyance and now we want to get back to having real adventures?" That's a terrible thing to say to your brother and newly wed sister-in-law! I know if my sister sung that at my wedding, I'd leave the dance floor to punch her square in the jaw for being so insensitive.

To wrap this up, I think I leave this on the note of Nahmat's far more positive sentiment. "The legal sanctions of marriage are irrelevant. If you truly love someone, make true love to them." If it's the way you'd rather celebrate your wedding day, then bang your betrothed in the morning, sign up in a registry office, and then throw a great big party that you'll all enjoy.

Or you could do something completely different. Just celebrate your love the way you both want to, and don't feel like you have to do it in a way that society or tradition demands.

Also, the little Derpy Hooves and Time Turner on the wedding cake is a nod to this adorable tumblr. :love:


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Friendship is Magic was created by :iconfyre-flye: and assistants.
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saritasmith2013 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
on panel nine, Shining Armor pulled it off! Grumpy Cat 
ichingdivine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
You are much too harsh with your reading of the episode, especially if you consider that the show was intended to empower female characters.

For one, "love is in bloom" means that the couple are in love with another, a true statement. It says nothing about when they started to fall in love. 

I totally agree with your views on marriage and marriage ceremonies, though.
SnowflakeThePony337 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i forgot about what happened with nat and fluttershy.... i do feel sorry for fluttershy, but she should have known something would happen especially if she saw that wolf posing as a pony
Makahin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
dat derpyxwhooves cake though x3
SnowflakeThePony337 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Makahin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
OTP <3
EdenScorpio26 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Man, that is a damn good critique you put in the description.

Reminds me when i asked if i was obliged to marry with someone i love.
Thankfully, it's not obligatory.
StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Did anypony notice the DerpyXDoctor Whooves cake topper?
NimbleFlourish Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I'm guessing that in her culture marriage is strictly about status rather than love.
fotland42 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Anyway, traumatized 'Shy. That's bad.
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