Yes, apparently there is a cult of young heterosexual men who are into “My Little Pony”. For pity’s sake! The even have conventions and online discussions and stuff. Well, good. Nobody will take the mick out of me for being into SF ever again!
Money quote from linked article…
I guess the better question is, why should these guys stop watching My Little Pony? It’s a show about friendship, learning, making mistakes and having people you love help you out. It also has happy endings. According to that recent study, the bronies said watching the show gave them positive feelings.
Well, I tell yo why. Because it’s a show for small girls. And it’s bloody awful. They should be watching proper stuff. I know should is too strong but what’s wrong with car-chases and fights? And fighter planes and spaceships and stuff.
I mean let’s face it if I knew an adult woman into MLP I’d worry but for blokes it’s truly bizarre. I bet some of them have branded duvets. Yes, that’s going to pull the ladies. Well, it might but it’ll be ladies wetter than a haddock’s bikini.
Is it some sort of reaction to Comrade Kim and the Ayatollahs kicking off or economic woes or something? And you know retreating into fantasy. If so read Tolkien or something. That involves a fair stock of “friendship, learning, making mistakes and having people you love help you out”. And fights and chases and genuine peril and storylines and tension and stuff.
Or is it just a meme? Like the “Viva Ken Barlow” stickers appearing all over Manchester? God knows.