Lauren Faust said that originally, she wanted My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to be set in Fillydelphia, and although Hasbro ultimately decided otherwise, equine geographical puns are literally all over the map of Equestria, from Manehattan all the way to Vanhoover. None of them has caused any discomfort greater than that usually associated with bad puns until last week, when Twilight Sparkle, determined as always, informed her assistant Spike that:
I have to be at my best when [Princess Celestia] arrives with the delegates from Saddle Arabia.
Now arguably this is the worst such pun since “A Canterlot Wedding,” which, according to the promotional material, was preceded by a, um, bridle shower. They can’t all be gems. (And if they could, Spike would eat them.)
Anyway, here are the Princess and the delegates from Saddle Arabia:
M. A. Larson, who wrote that episode, tweeted the following in succession this morning:
Okay, cooler heads prevail. My tweets have been deleted and the guy has been blocked. Don’t know what’s worse, if he’s a troll or serious… Some dude telling me I’ve offended the entirety of the Arab world with a pun I made on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… My tweets back were way too snarky, so I decided to delete them & block the guy. Either he’s a troll or has serious problems.
If I start seeing Jihad Jr. play sets at Target, then I’ll worry.