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Brony And Doyle…

Adult male My Little Pony fans? Bronies are true rebels.

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.

8 Comments

  1. Simon Jester says:

    I love this comment from the CiF thread:

    “Is one of the ponies also a cyborg? Because I would watch that.”

  2. Robert the Biker says:

    Do you suppose they’d burst into tears at a ‘My Little Pony’ abattoir set?

  3. John Galt says:

    Yes, apparently there is a cult of young heterosexual men who are into “My Little Pony”

    I would occasion that they are “allegedly” heterosexual men and this comes from someone who bats for the other team anyway.

    Perhaps not the actual source for this bizarre cult, but certainly the accelerator of it was the 4chan /b/ channel. The owner/operator of 4chan, the eponymous m00t has described the rise of My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic as a genuine phenomenon, to such an extent that a very popular channel on 4chan was setup /mlp

    http://boards.4chan.org/mlp/

    Anyone who openly acknowledges themselves as a ‘Brony’ must have a cast iron constitution to put up with the following shitstorm of ridicule that follows.

    Makes coming out of the closet as gay seem like a walk in the park by comparison.

    Go Bronies!

  4. fake says:

    I am 80% certain that Bronies are just internet trolls.

    Though It could be that it is only 80% of them are trolls.

  5. NickM says:

    John,
    Seeing as being is generally seen as socially acceptable. Grown men playing with horsey dolls isn’t.

    fake,
    Doesn’t look like trolling. Doesn’t feel like trolling.

    And they have conventions.

    Each to their own I guess. What it reminds me of is William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and “the footage”. Oh, and bit Perky Patty.

  6. zack says:

    I have an 8 year old niece who LOVES MLP-FiM, so I see quite a bit of it when I get baby sitting duties.

    With that said, I must say I don’t think it’s ‘bloody awful’ – it’s better then most of the crap that passes for children’s TV nowadays in that doesn’t make me want to shove an icepick into my brain. This is not to say that I go out of my way to see it, give me Firefly, or Farscape, or Mythbusters, or Dirty Jobs anyday of the week; but I don’t hate it.

  7. cuffleyburgers says:

    Good news for trainspotters as well…

  8. Lynne says:

    Damn! This’ll mean the Adult Teletubby League will be wanting their 15 nanseconds of fame as well…

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