and now it's the general consensus that oshawott is cute??
No, it's still ugly. What happened with Oshawott is the same thing that happened with Mudkip. It's so terrible that it just became a sort of joke, and people like the joke, not the Pokemon itself. Nobody likes Mudkip, but people love "So I herd u liek Mudkip?". Understand?
My NIDOKING brings all the boys to the yard: http://goo.gl/ExAoe