I'm a huge fan myself (maybe even a little "rabid", I do collect ponymerch), but I'm not violent. I did get a little mad over the Derpy controversy of 2012, but I wasn't sending death threats to anyone. I hate R34 and gory pony art, and I actually grew up on G3, so I'm not bashing it, I just would not watch it by choice.
I do follow the rule of "love and tolerance". If somebody at school tells me that ponies suck or that I suck for liking ponies, I just say, "That's your opinion, dude. You have yours and I have mine." I don't try to convert every hater I see (because my school has a brony to hater ratio of 50:905, roughly).
Well I have the first 3 seasons on the PS3, those McDonalds figures, because eh I haven't had a Happy Meal since the late 90s and they can make for some interesting props, and maybe repellent I guess. As for the fandom, well I can't really comment much on it since I'm barely involved in it though I'm aware of the crazies. We have a bunch of them in the Transformers fan base; whether its with G1, or the movies, or Prime, or basically every bloody thing that comes out. Either way there's nut jobs in just about any fandom and religion. *wink* *wink*
I actually started the Texas group on Facebook well over a year ago. I'm into the old gen stuff as well, and I started getting a little annoyed when some of the members would call it stupid or ugly. I asked nicely the first time for them to chill out about it, since they should know how obnoxious that is with non-brony people constantly harassing their love of G4.
Because of that, one of the members proceeded to send my a lengthy message about how much he hated me and wished I would lose the child I am currently pregnant with, and many other members ganged up with him. I ended up leaving the group I had made many friends in, as I couldn't stand to be harassed anymore. They even commented on some weight loss photos that showed me flexing my bicep and called me a "slut" for it. :I I'm even still mentioned a year after leaving the group, they have absolutely no lives to be dragging it on.
That all isn't even -near- the worst I got from people in the fandom, but I can't list the other things publicly.
Needless to say, I am not into any groups on the fandom anymore. I still watch the show, make pony things, and have loads of friends who are bronies...but I will -never- get into a group again, in any fandom. There are freaking monsters out there in the dark corners of all fandoms.
Buddy buddy buddy, you didn't have to learn that the hard way is all I can say. There be some crazy bastards out there in the wild internet where fangirls/boy roam free of regulation. The only effective weapon one has is the online equivalent of an AK47....the ability to troll
This is true. TBH, Gen 2 through 3.5 horrifies me, but if you like it, sure, why not? There is no need to wish for the death of one's baby for liking something many people despise. That's a little to much. Though, if this was entirely on the internet... it would make much more sense. The internet gives people the power of hiding their identity, therefore making it a nasty weapon for those many asshats out there. Not saying I am not an asshat, but anyway...
This is some good advice for readers. It's always a good idea to have a shepard in the group- a nice, reasonable person to assist you. Perhaps a BFF, or just a sensible Netizen.
Granted, the Hitler icon is amusing. T'would be funnier if he had a unicycle or something. No-one can truly grasp humanity. Sorry for getting all philosophical and stuff, but it's true. And true, I am mentally unstable. Though that has nothing to do with autism. And just because an opinion is shared by many, doesn't make it right.