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2013-01-23 10:44:26 AM  
2 votes:
I had a go at watching the show a while back to see what the fuss was about. Turned me into a fan (and the expressive meme pictures are generally funny too, that didn't hurt). I wouldn't lay claim to the stigma of being a "brony"; I've no desire to go to conventions or buy the toys or interact with the painfully not-self-aware fanbase. But seeing the backlash against the dedicated fans made consider why the show exploded the way it did, and I've narrowed it down to a few points.

1. It's a well-done show. Everything about the show is high quality. The humor, animation, songs, voice-acting and overall style/setting, it's clearly a labor of love encased in a vehicle for selling lumps of plastic to little girls. It's certainly not a unique cartoon in this respect but this is the solid foundation any fandom.
2. It's a good show. Not good as in repeating the point above, but good in that it purports a set of ideals, sweetness and light and all that jazz. In a world that drowning in anti-heroes, drama, grimdark, sarcasm and the outright bizarre, a haven setting where you can feel good is becoming more and more rare.
3. It's not insipid. The show hardly ever stoops down and makes baby-gurgling noises at the audience like most moralistic endeavors for kids. The characters speak quickly and with a full vocabulary, and the lessons of each episode fall out naturally from the events.
4. The whole premise of the show is community - Friendship is right there in the title. With a message like that, the sudden blossoming of a whole gaggle of pony fans who take strength and support from each other ought not to be all that surprising!
5. Not as big as the other points, but the "feminist" tone of the show is actually one of the better examples I've seen in how to do it in this form of media. Too many efforts have fallen into the trap of making their message "Girls can do anything boys can do" with the inclusion of such characters as the "gamer/nerd girl" or "badass girl" or "bully girl." Whereas the ponies embrace the much less combative and freer "Girls can do anything they want to do" that is only a synapse away from the lovely equalist idea of "Anyone can be anything they want to be."

And, obviously, there's a lot of good old teenage/young adult rebellion going in liking the show. Weird, but it could be worse. Way worse. :)

Anyway. Pictures of ponies, stat!

(Twilight Sparkle is best pony, but Rarity is by far the funniest.)
2013-01-23 09:57:44 AM  
2 votes:

Jackson Herring: mahuika: likefunbutnot: The show itself is good and fun and basically awesome.

For the guys who say they don't get it, here is a thing to understand: Nerd girls love nerd boys who love ponies.
Not that kind of love. Though "clopping" WAS mentioned in that song.

Anyway, in my experience, enjoyment of ponies leads to lady-attention. This alone has tremendous value and should not be discounted.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but watching a television show entirely for attention from women is a bit creepy.

You are just uncomfortable with the idea that some guys, guys who are very nice and not like other guys mind you, are flaunting gender norms in such an in-your-face way.


Or it could just be creepy.

I've seen the show. I watch lots of kids shows...because, you know, I have kids. Some of them are pretty good and I enjoy them (Yo Gabba Gabba, Aquabats, even the Ponies are amusing occasionally). I really like the classics like Animaniacs and Looney Tunes.

Why does it have to go beyond that into an Internet "thing" where pics of the cartoon appear in every thread? Why are "Bronies" a thing?

"Oh the voice actors are so good! Oh there are lots of adult jokes so it is cool for men to watch!"

First, who the fark pays attention to voice actors? Really? I've been watching the Simpsons for 20 farking years and I can name two of the voices. I don't give a shiat what the names of the voices are and I damn sure don't watch other shows just to hear their voices, or pretend I like the show because of Dan Castellenata amazing voice acting talent.

And second, lots of kids shows have adult jokes in them. Most I'd even say, and you know why? So I don't go nuts having to watch the shows with my kids 500 times.

Not so 35 year old neck beards and ironic hipsters can buy action figures and incessantly bleat on about how awesome the show is and how everyone who is tired of this ridiculous fad is just insecure or homophobic or projecting.

Not that it matters, I'm sure there will be some really clever picture of a cartoon pony to respond and people will just keeping being weird, I guess I can just wait a few months until Brony becomes another forgotten stupid thing that happened on the Internet.
2013-01-23 09:20:23 AM  
2 votes:
Tara Strong is basically the voice of my (and probably your) childhood. She's voice acted in pretty much every cartoon and major video game for the past 20 years.
2013-01-23 08:24:24 AM  
2 votes:

Cythraul: Someone once tried to explain to me the adult appeal of this production, so they showed me a My Little Ponies Lord of the Rings spoof. It was okay, and cute, but I just couldn't get into it.

Bronies still creep me out, though. But, whatever floats your boat.


To be honest, Bronies creep many people out, even people who watch the show.

I say it at least once a Pony Thread... watching a show, reading a book, rooting for a sports team and enjoying it is one thing, but going off the deep end and making it a full blown obsession is another, and weird whether it's Ponies, Star Trek, or the Green Bay Packers.

/but no one ever listens...
2013-01-23 04:53:58 AM  
2 votes:
I propose some sort of solution that has finality to solve the bronie/hipster problem.
2013-01-23 04:03:55 AM  
2 votes:
I don't know where the brony thing came from but I know where it's going.

Can you say "regarded with less respect than furries in a few years" boys and girls?
2013-01-23 03:24:28 AM  
2 votes:

Shadow Blasko: I think this video could bring peace to the middle east with that level of awesome.


John de Lancie AND Tara Strong = awesome sauce
2013-01-23 01:43:36 PM  
1 votes:

saintstryfe: The internet response images drew me in. NOTHING gets some people more angry then to be compared to, or to have cartoon ponies elevated above them. Especially in those election-time Politics threads.


I generally try to keep Pony pics out of non-Pony threads, posting them only in Pony or Denver Broncos threads... but throwing a Pony pic in Political threads is always fair game, because Ponies are usually the most intelligent, rational thing in the political thread.
2013-01-23 10:16:40 AM  
1 votes:

encyclopediaplushuman: FirstNationalBastard: I don't know... after the show is finally off the air in a season or two, I'm not sure if the Bronies will continue on.

That's a valid thing to consider FNB. But considering this was made by a fan animator, and lots of other ones existing. And that there's already a brony-made movie and a brony-made episode in production, once these get done, it'll be easier for the fandom to create it's own content. Making their own story, their own show, and keep it going themselves.


Well, that is something to consider... this is the first fandom to have all these options open to them for creating original content because of the relative ease of flash animation, plentiful voice actors, and a copyright holder that hasn't yet went off the deep end with DMCA notices...

though Hasbro is starting to get all big corporation-y with things, so we'll have to see how long the hands off golden era can last.
2013-01-23 10:13:42 AM  
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: I don't know... after the show is finally off the air in a season or two, I'm not sure if the Bronies will continue on.


That's a valid thing to consider FNB. But considering this was made by a fan animator, and lots of other ones existing. And that there's already a brony-made movie and a brony-made episode in production, once these get done, it'll be easier for the fandom to create it's own content. Making their own story, their own show, and keep it going themselves.
2013-01-23 09:57:08 AM  
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: You are just uncomfortable with the idea that some guys, guys who are very nice and not like other guys mind you, are flaunting gender norms in such an in-your-face way.


Yep. You sure are making a strong statement to society by fapping to a little girl's cartoon about horses.
2013-01-23 09:44:15 AM  
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: mahuika: likefunbutnot: The show itself is good and fun and basically awesome.

For the guys who say they don't get it, here is a thing to understand: Nerd girls love nerd boys who love ponies.
Not that kind of love. Though "clopping" WAS mentioned in that song.

Anyway, in my experience, enjoyment of ponies leads to lady-attention. This alone has tremendous value and should not be discounted.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but watching a television show entirely for attention from women is a bit creepy.

You are just uncomfortable with the idea that some guys, guys who are very nice and not like other guys mind you, are flaunting gender norms in such an in-your-face way.


Actually, in my experience having seen this phenomena play out....it generally leads to the friend-zone and/or to being the girls go to gay friend.
2013-01-23 09:20:22 AM  
1 votes:

likefunbutnot: The show itself is good and fun and basically awesome.

For the guys who say they don't get it, here is a thing to understand: Nerd girls love nerd boys who love ponies.
Not that kind of love. Though "clopping" WAS mentioned in that song.

Anyway, in my experience, enjoyment of ponies leads to lady-attention. This alone has tremendous value and should not be discounted.


I hate to be the one to tell you this, but watching a television show entirely for attention from women is a bit creepy.
2013-01-23 08:50:49 AM  
1 votes:

the_rev: Glad to see Derpy in the audience.


...who?

There is no pony named "Derpy".

/and Eddie Guerrero celebrated in the ring with himself at the end of Wrestlemania XX after Triple H lost the World Heavyweight Championship to no one at all.
2013-01-23 07:45:51 AM  
1 votes:
The show itself is good and fun and basically awesome.

For the guys who say they don't get it, here is a thing to understand: Nerd girls love nerd boys who love ponies.
Not that kind of love. Though "clopping" WAS mentioned in that song.

Anyway, in my experience, enjoyment of ponies leads to lady-attention. This alone has tremendous value and should not be discounted.
2013-01-23 05:39:57 AM  
1 votes:
In b4

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Oh, wait, too late. Very well, then.

randomjsa: I don't know where the brony thing came from but I know where it's going.

Can you say "regarded with less respect than furries in a few years" boys and girls?


i.chzbgr.com

Yes, and?

NFA: I only saw the first 30 seconds because I lost consciousness from beating my head against the desk.


lh3.googleusercontent.com

Yes, and?

danielscissorhands: I propose some sort of solution that has finality to solve the bronie/hipster problem.


i.imgur.com

Yes (LIKE A BOSS), and?

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And I'm we're still a little bit drunkhaving fun and nopony can stop that, so Party Hard.

John DeLancie doing something like this, I sort of expected, although I didn't think he'd take it quite as far as 2:20. When voice actor Tara Strong joined in 30 seconds later, and when I saw the final credits, my jaw dropped so hard it probably woke the neigh-bors. They actually managed to encapsulate the past two years of insanity (along with the Brony Subculture Analysis in terms of moderates/hipsters/creatives/etc) in the space of four and a quarter minutes.

Every time I think this fandom's exceeded its grasp, it gets 20% cooler.
NFA [TotalFark]
2013-01-23 04:30:48 AM  
1 votes:
I only saw the first 30 seconds because I lost consciousness from beating my head against the desk.
2013-01-23 03:35:16 AM  
1 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: Shadow Blasko: I think this video could bring peace to the middle east with that level of awesome.

John de Lancie AND Tara Strong = awesome sauce


I was talking with one of my friends today, and realized that I might be .00001% responsible for John de Lancie's Brony Doc

i.imgur.com
2013-01-23 03:05:27 AM  
1 votes:
I think this video could bring peace to the middle east with that level of awesome.
 
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