That embedded compilation was an eye-opener (or ear-opener). The Nightmare Moon voice -- and by extension, the "generic evil queen" voice -- reduces to "ham actor." The dialect is basically US, with exaggerated enunciation and a thin overlay of Received Standard British (e.g., dropping terminal R's)-- a stagy version of the slightly affected "Atlantic" dialect that Rarity speaks. Every so often NM forgets to ham it up, and a bit of upper-class New York dialect comes through ("You're kidding, right?") The Mane-iac has a similar dialect.
The lesson from all this: evil speaks with the voice of a bad actor from New York. Hardly the "non-American stereotype" criticized in the quote from the OP.
Reviewing the clips in that compilation was an eye-opener in another way: that first episode was good
. I had forgotten how good it was.
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