People read that article? People LIKED that article?
That’s madness. Lot of folks did, and I thank you
A few didn’t, mostly because they felt the Malibu Stacy metaphor didn’t really fit the practices of Cartoon Network’s handling of the Powerpuff Girls special in light of the internet blowing up after hearing DC Animated Universe co-creator Paul Dini’s experiences with the network telling him the reason those shows get cancelled is because girls don’t buy things and they’re watching those action properties more than the intended young boys demographics who buy the toys.
Perhaps it isn’t the right metaphor, but it’s the only one that I could think of at that moment, but there are a few things to point out:
There were a few dates that Cartoon Network could have scheduled the special.
The sad part is that Cartoon Network had a legitimate reason to air it in 2013 and didn’t choose to do it. And that reason was The Powerpuff Girls premiered 15 years ago on November 18, 1998. Guess what day that occurred this year? Monday. You know what aired that Monday?
An unfinished episode of Regular Show. Regular Show made the top of the worldwide trends on Twitter for the wrong reasons (people complained about the harsh colors, jagged character outlines, and weird backgrounds, even creator J.G. Quintel complained about what went wrong), and that was quite unfortunate. It was a pretty good episode. Still, at least for that night, Cartoon Network could have adjusted the lineup and aired the Powerpuff Girls special that night easily:
Note, I don’t know how long the special is, but I’m putting it on for an hour for the safe side, but that’s a completely respectable lineup, and it’s probably not all that different from what they’ll do on January 20, 2014 when it does air.
This isn’t the first time a Powerpuff Girls anniversary special was scheduled after the actual anniversary. The Powerpuff Girls Rule! debuted on November 21, 2008 in the Asian and European markets, a few days after the anniversary. It made its American debut months later on January 19, 2009, so the American debut of both anniversary specials are five years and a day apart. Maybe this was the plan all along, but still, one can’t help to ignore the fact that Cartoon Network had many opportunities to air the special throughout the year and only announced it within hours after a major children’s entertainment producer more or less proclaimed the network were borderline misogynists.
That’s a heck of a coincidence, but sometimes a hat is just a hat.
You know what really wraps the whole package though? I just realized that Cartoon Network even has a flagship show that personifies this entire misogynistic clusterfuck they’ve painted themselves into: Regular Show.
While Regular Show is a pretty great show that’s overall entertaining, it is 100% geared toward college boys. It’s about bros and the culture they live together, and yeah, there are a couple of female characters, but the moment you start to develop them, they need to get subtly written off the show so you can keep the focus on the “goofy boys humor” with pizza and farts and pranks and no homo yo bro.
Again, I really love how pro-artistic freedom CN can be, and they’ve really put out some AMAZING shows this decade, but I’m getting more than a little fed up with this nonsense. I can only pray they don’t pull the plug on Steven Universe now, since that show is - in a nutshell - the antithesis of CN’s bro-fist philosophy.
You’re no longer my #1 favorite network, CN. Not anymore….
I still like some parts of Cartoon Network (mostly that six-hour action block that airs on Saturday nights on their Adult Swim side), but yeah, their shunning of action and embrace of that whole dudebro he-man woman-haters mentality is pretty weak, and yeah, Regular Show is emblematic of that mentality. They did write off Margaret just as she and Mordecai were finally getting together.
I’d think networks would want audiences no matter the gender. I mean, if you’re watching the network, you’re helping the network. Guess not. You’re over the age of 12, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership. You’re a young teen, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership. You’re a girl, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership.
Pretty narrow market considering the majority of potential viewers aren’t young boys between the ages of 6 and 12 and 9 and 14. They grow up so fast.