Oh my god. Really?! That was not what the episode showed. How is saving someone from killing themselves over a guy not backing them up? How is acting they need to look after themselves bringing them down?! How is telling someone they need to defend themselves and not value a man over their LIFE at all a bad thing?
I never even got that the PPGs were opposed to being friends with this person. Maybe she acted super weird, but the girls were being superheroes who were doing their job to save a crazy person who kept trying to kill herself to get a guy’s attention. Yes, OBVIOUSLY it’s not a bad thing to be feminine or to be a princess. But the PPGs already exemplify this. They love each other for who they are as sisters, even though they all have different qualities and interests, and they’re already friends with girls who don’t have superpowers (girls who these writers made look mentally handicapped and the butt of jokes, I might add…). What IS bad is falling over on the fainting couch because, oh, your life is ~worthless~ without your dream man and you reject all help because you’re waiting for a person who will never show up.
And there’s a HUGE difference between someone who’s ladylike and doesn’t fight with her fists… and someone who’s just unhealthily dependent on some loser creep. As much as people say that the earlier Disney princesses were portrayed as passive figures in their stories (which does has some truth to it), they still possessed qualifies of strength that the princess in this PPG episode did NOT demonstrate. Take Cinderella for example. She was super kind, she was hardworking, and nice to people who treated her like dirt for extraordinarily petty reasons! It was because of her overwhelming kindness that she received help in her most trying time from those she helped out and took care of (…even if they were animals :D). She didn’t wait for a prince to come and rescue her. I mean, even when she was planning to go to the ball, she wanted to go to have a good time. She didn’t even know she was going to happen to fall in love when she was there! Yet the entire existence of the princess from the reboot episode surrounded that prince saving her, and when her new friends (of sorts, anyway) the Powerpuff Girls tried helping her instead, she just shoved them away and ended up shaming them and tearing THEM down for their actions as if they were the ones at fault.
I mean, good lord. Even though women and girls SHOULD be awesome towards each other, that does not mean you’re obligated to stand by fellow women or let them do their thing if it’s 1) harmful to themselves or 2) harmful to others. If anything, you should help them or stop them from hurting other people! And this show is carelessly sending a pretty harmful message to little girls that makes it totally okay to leave other girls who clearly need help alone if they reject your assistance. Because that’s just who they are.
I know I can’t support that.