I'll be honest. When I first heard of the show, I assumed that it was going to be another sexist plastic turd from Barbie's butt ... (Note to self: Write Barbie making company with idea for new line of Barbie Soils Herself dolls).
Anyway, I was w-r-o-n-g WRONG! With a capital G.
For the most part it's a great show. It's not totally perfect, but it really makes an effort.
As to my opinion on Bronies.
I think they're great. I know there are female Bronies (or Pegasisters), but people expect that.
I think it's a sign that times are changing for the better, when so many men feel comfortable saying that they're Bronies. I love listening to the music, reading the fanfiction, looking at the fan art, and watching the fan videos.
I even enjoy laughing at the Clopper wackos. (Check out Pony Confessions Simulator on YouTube, it's hilarious).
I think that MLP, is a shining light in the world of ever badly created children's programming .
I'm not a full on Brony (I don't dress up or go to conventions or anything), but I enjoy the show a whole bunch.
If something's popular, there are always people who hate it...just look at all these Twilight fans and haters. I personally don't care if you're a brony as long as you don't spam me with pony stuff or comments why ponies are great and I'm all wrong for not liking them. And I think it's the same with most people. But there will always be a few who are just here to make you feel bad and insult you. I once got a comment on a deviation telling me that I am a sick f*ck for posting a photo of my leg being cut off. (Yes, I'm into horror make-up and photography) The point is, such people will always try to get you angry, but if you stay nice or ignore them, they will soon be bored.
Haters gonna hate, it's simple as that. You can't expect people to like everything you do. I personally love the show and the fanworks, yet I'm a perfectly healthy male adult with a loving girlfriend who is on his way to joining the US Air Force.
being against the norm is good! it breaks down stereotypes and bronies specifically break down gender stereotypes. In a way, bronies are fighting for equality! woo! although some people are mean to bronies, in my school we had a mlp club and it was really cool! dont let closed minded jerks get you down~
I find them only slightly less annoying than hipsters. And here's why. Precisely what you're doing here is what makes them annoying. Instead of liking something, realizing not everyone is going to like it, realizing that some people are going to dislike you, and moving on with your life, you decide to whine about it, wonder why everyone isn't telling you how awesome you are for it, and inadvertently keep trying to be an attention whore like you're doing, which is exactly the kind of thing that started this cycle in the first place.
I like a lot of things that get shit from other people. But I could give a fuck, because I don't care about them. Liking things doesn't make you special. Getting shit for liking things doesn't make you special. Whining about getting shit about liking things doesn't make you special, it just makes you annoying. And that's why I dislike bronies. Because the majority of you think you're special snowflakes for all of it, because you haven't grown up and moved on to the real world of adults who for the most part don't care.
I think you saw the post from a slightly corrupted angle. If you'll reread, never has the OP mentioned blaring out that he/she is a brony. He/she never mentioned wanting praise for it, but he/she just doesn't want hate from it. OP is wondering why people hate on it.
Hi siantjudas, people hate/like/love each other is entirely being human. Yes, one must not force the other into anything. Walt Disney are people who are adults but think like kids that is what make the great family movies. It is a fact one has to grow up, take responsibility (your bills) nothing can stop that but does not meant to stop having fun and enjoy life as a kid learns at young age. That is why so many people have hobbies and not mere bleak accountants (no discrimination need accountants).
Just as is true in every fandom, there are good people that are "Bronies" and then there are the raving idiots. Unfortunately your fandom has more of the latter. Sorry, but a guy who's into pink ponies with sparkly hair? Dat's wack, bro.
If it's cool for women to like violent manly-man stuff, then it's also cool for men to like sweet happy fun things.
I'm a girl watcher of MLP, and I think obsessed - really obsessed - fans of any kind can be annoying. But that's preteen girls and the crap they like, not -most- bronies. Bronies have proven to be a very supportive community, and I've never seen them bothering other fandoms, people just hate on them for being around. They're awesome enough for the producers to take in their opinions! How often does that happen to a fanbase.
I think the reason MLP:FIM is so successful is that, besides the brilliant character development, humor and general awesomeness, it focuses on characters who are just trying to get along, instead of aiming to be the strongest badass in the universe and beating up any opposing badasses. I think that can be really refreshing, especially in our competitive society where even the most basic displays of affection are considered awkwaaard for no reason. Of course, a person who's never begun to watch MLP in the first place cannot appreciate its type of badassery, and therefore they hate.
It's brilliant that some men can cut the crap and appreciate something like MLP. We already accept that women can like manly-man things, which is a step towards equality, but the discrimination that men face for liking girly-girl things is still a sign of inequality. So go bronies, you're on the right track.
I was born in 1985 and played with the 1st generation MLP's a lot. They were very pretty and of very nice size and it was next to impossible to break them. They were awesome toys. Now when MLP is a huge hit again, I'm sad that my beautiful ponies are all gone. Sold or missing, I don't know. Would've loved to give them to my daughter if I will ever have one.
The MLP fandom is just a little...confusing. They were a perfectly natural thing in my childhood nearly twenty years ago so it's a bit odd that people are talking so much about them now. And I'm not a big fan of the toys they make these days. Or the look of the new MLP to begin with. I'm not also a very big fan of people who turn everything into brony stuff. There's even brony fanart of Witcher 2.
However, if these people aren't bothering me, I'm not bothering them. We all like different things.
I have no interest in MLP, yet I'm making a MLP themed cake for my friend's birthday.
People are giving you shit because you like something that is stereotypically aimed at little girls. It's all down to people being afraid of anything outside of the norm. As long as you don't act like the creepy brony bastards I've met at cons, then you should be okay.
And if your friends treat you like shit for liking MLP, then they're really not your friends.
I don't think it's bad or wrong, it's just kind of surprising. Normally when boys are into a 'girls' show there are lots of (human-type) girls involved. My husband has explained several things to me with 'Fanservice'.
Whatever floats your boat. Friendship is magic, yes?
lol really, I haven't seen that show since it was on when I was a kid. My daughter apparently watches it.
For communities, it varies. They can either love you, hate you, or have neutral feelings about you. As long as they are not problematic to me or anyone I know, I have no problem (since my cousin is also one) with these "Bronies."
I'd say as long as you're not obnoxious about it (like running around screaming "BRONY PRIDE!!! PROUD TO BE A BRONY!!" or doing that while wearing extensive amounts of MLP paraphernalia, talking about MLP all the time, just being downright annoying about it, etc.), then I have no problem with it. You can be proud, just don't rub it in my face; if it's that much of a problem, maybe you shouldn't be so public about it.
people like that would drive anyone crazy... but because that is the stereotypical brony, its all people think about them... like look at my art posts, most of them are poems, yes there are a few mlp things, but look at the others... people sometimes forget that we have lives other then being a brony.
Yea, I know what you mean: a certain few who act obnoxiously screw up the image of an entire fandom. Those kind of people piss me off like there's no tomorrow! Since you don't seem to be like that(nice poetry btw ), then don't care what other people say, and, like my dad used to tell me, "Do what you feel is real," friend. The societal norms are boring, anyway. Crazy and different's wayyy more fun!
D'aww geez, I'm sure that there are tons of people out there who understand besides lil' old me You'll find them; I'm sure of it! (And if you ask me, living up to ridiculous standards is a bunch of BS. I'd rather live how I want to, not try and fit a stupid mold! )
Ignore them I got crap all the time from my classmates when I was younger because I liked Pokemon and was open about it (I swear my school was full of hipsters because all my other friends said at their school pokemon was the shit). Just be yourself hon.
As for why bronies get a nasty reputation, sadly this fandom is an example on how a few (or maybe even more) outspoken bad apples can fuck things up for everyone else.
So you have a choice. You can either stop engaging in the behavior that makes you the object of ridicule OR you can keep doing what you enjoy and decide not to give a crap what other people think. Despite the fact that I personally think MLP is lame, statistic show that more awesome people tend to choose the second one.
Honestly, just ignore them. If your Facebook "friends" are giving you crap about something you like—whether it be My Little Pony, math, cheerleading, sports, a certain book, or anything else—then they're not real friends. One of my "pony friends" actually lost several friendships because she likes My Little Pony, and I think that's absolutely ridiculous. It's just a TV show. If they're heckling you to the point where you can't just ignore them, just delete them on Facebook.
I think the MLP fans who are "obsessed" on a level similar to weeaboos could give fans a bad name. At my sister's high school, that's kind-of what happened. Then there are the average people that just think it's weird for anyone over the age of 8 to like the franchise.