I really liked the song, but this was probably my least favorite CMC episode. MLP has usually been pretty good about avoiding morals that have been done to death in other series. This just felt old. Not to mention a retreading of the Gilda episode.
Absolutely nothing wrong with it, it's just that we've seen this before. What kid's show hasn't done a bully episode? For that matter, how different was this really from that Gilda the Griffin episode?
The difference is that in this episode the story is shown from a kid's point of view, mainly by the CMC. You can't compare the CMC with Pinkie Pie, as that would make no sense (then again, nothing makes sense with Pinkie Pie). Also, the CMC kept their experience a secret while Pinkie Pie talked about it (just that no one believed her). And I think EVERY series needs to have a "bully episode". Even teen series and adult dramas have bully episodes (trust me, I've seen them) - it's the norm.
I never kept it a secret, but the methods they suggested I use or the way they tried to handle it never really panned out. Eventually I just had to sock the kid and he backed off, but I understand how that wouldn't have been appropriate for this episode.
Let me tell you something. I kept my experiences of being bullied in school for 10 long years. Then one day I lost it and pummeled the bully in front of everyone in school. Hurt him real bad. Of course, such an action warrants the adults' attention and I was scolded for it. But then I told them, the teachers and parents, of how that bully and his friends had been terrorizing me for a decade and they asked me, "Why didn't you tell us?" Seeing as how I was the victim all along I didn't get the worse of punishments. The bullies never dared come near me again after that - but neither did anyone else. All the other students, even my own friends, stayed away from me. Afraid. It just occured to them, and to me, that I was an even greater menace than the bullies in school. The damage is already there. To this day I kept telling myself, "If I had told my parents and teachers about me being bullied since day one, I wouldn't have become the monster I am today". Even to this day, even while at work, I wear a cap which covers half of my face, paranoid at the fact that someone from my past would recognize me and run away in fear. Is that the type of future you want kids to grow up to?
ALWAYS TELL SOMEONE ABOUT YOUR BAD EXPERIENCES BEFORE YOU TURN INTO A MONSTER YOURSELF!
Alright, regardless I was in middle school at the time and bullies were mostly word-based offenders. Still never kept it a secret and did tell on him, at which point he was given a stern talking too. After that it was "try to be his friend" or "ignore him". I'm sure telling on a person may have worked for someone, but nobody I know has had that experience. In the end I stood up for myself and the kid surprisingly became a lot nicer to me.
Sorry to hear you think of yourself as a monster, a good self-esteem it does not make. But I have to say you shouldn't have let it go on for a decade. Telling might not have worked but at least it would've been something.