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2013-03-24 01:07:58 PM  

lostcat: What I've learned from this thread:

1. The My Little Pony cartoon that was around when I was a kid is now back in production
2. Some subset of men have decided that it is cool to declare that they are huge fans of the show


This. (Although speaking as a fan, I don't think it was ever cool to declare it. Some of us just don't give a fark. It turned out there were more of us who didn't give a fark than we possibly imagined.)

Holy Banana: You know, it's like this. There's a lot of things across history that have been socially unacceptable on a large scale. The only thing the Internet's down is 'rip down' the veil of so-called society to reveal what's really going on behind the scenes. Despite what people would have you believe, fetishes associated with things like this have been going on for as long as Ug and Thung found a rock shaped like a woman's hooha and hid it from the rest of the tribe.


And this.

R34: If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.
R35: If porn does not exist of it, porn will be made of it.

By R34/R35 the probability of there being R34 of it is 1.0 for every subgroup, but R34 by itself doesn't say anything about the quantity produced. Quantity of R34 material appears directly proportional to size of fanbase, and in the case of MLP, it's a large fanbase. Difficulty of producing fan-generated content (R34 or not) is inversely proportional to the difficulty of producing something that resembles the original assets, and MLP is a 2D vectorized cartoon. If you're looking for some DaVinci x Michaelangelo, you're probably going to find more TMNT than hand-painted reproductions of the Mona Lisa helping Adam plaster the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel while God watches in bemusement.

Holy Banana:
There is a serious problem with that interest blossoming into a full-blown obsession, where you do nothing but live, eat, drink, sleep that idea. And making real life decisions that demonstrate how obsessed you are to the point where you do stuff that the rest of think is crazy batshiat insane. Marrying a cartoon pony, or attempting to, is crazy batshiat insane, and you -do- need professional help.


But also this. There's a line between snark, joking, trolling, R34 for the sake of R35, a genuine fetish, and... and wherever this guy's coming from, which is so far past that line that he couldn't see the line with VLBI. But it's a big internet, and if we've learned nothing else from it, it's that nothing on it should surprise anyone.

i.imgur.com

If I were obsessed enough with the show to think that Fluttershy was real, I think I would retain enough presence of mind to know Fluttershy's real reaction to the emo dude playing dead upthread.

Giggle at the ghostie, chuckle at the creepy...
 
2013-03-24 01:17:55 PM  
This still does not rival a guy in Europe (Germany I think), getting charged with rape because his character raped a female character in the game Second Life.  I do believe the charges were dropped once the presiding judge finally stopped laughing.  Hell, in Japan they marry female mannequins which... wait a minute, every mannequin I've seen naked from the waste downm both male and female, look the same.  It makes me wonder... How do they make baby mannequins.
 
2013-03-24 01:21:14 PM  
My wife and I both enjoy it, despite not being the target audience. We also just finished Regular Show. My days as an early 20's pot smoking slacker are over, so I'm probably not the target audience for that show either. We're about to start Adventure Time. 
Good TV is good TV. I'm not going to dress up like a pony and go to a con, but it's an enjoyable show that we liked to watch just before heading off to bad. Sort of a palette cleanser after stuff like Breaking Bad or Parenthood. Something light an airy after a heavy meal. 
I often go outside my target demographic.
I'm not a teenage lesbian but I love Tegan and Sara and even paid extra for a meet and greet and photo. My wife and I were the only married heterosexuals in that line.
 
2013-03-24 01:22:04 PM  

Slaxl: I've never seen an MLP episode, but I love brony threads. Some people, on both sides, take it way too seriously. There are some who rage so hard I have to assume they're uncomfortable with their own feelings and want to show outward anger to make sure everyone knows they're not bronies.

rappy: Bunch of sick twisted f*cks with serious f*cking personality disorders.

Yeah, you. You remind me of a closeted gay person, standing up in front of all his congregation and telling them how much of a sin homosexuality is.

Live n' let live, who cares? I don't even believe these bronies who want to marry horses are real, I think they're all doing it for a joke, or a troll, but even if they are real, who cares? There's 3 of them. We're not going to die because of it.


Back away, creep
 
2013-03-24 01:23:20 PM  
Jesus Christ.

Seriously, some people take it too farking far. I am totally a fan of MLP, but I can't stand a good half of the jackasses who also like the show. Especially the ones who don't like the show and just hang around the fandom. But it's people like TFA that make me wish I'd never been entranced by these pastel horses.

Twilight Farkle: MLP is a 2D vectorized cartoon


Yeah. It's pretty easy to make something that looks like the show. even I can do it.

I think it's due to the somewhat shared persecution complex the fandom has, that we're a bit more tolerant of deviant behavior, as a whole, than say, Alabama. That could also be due to the fact most of the fandom is under 21 and internet savvy. Whatever the cause, it seems a lot of crazies feel like they can glom themselves onto bronies and be accepted. As someone who has spent a lot of time writing and drawing fan stuff for this show, as someone who is probably in "too deep", let me just say, this is farked up and creepy.

Also, Kev is a pretty cool guy. It's hilarious he got this mail though. I mean, he's far more likely to draw rule 63 (Dusk Shine) than actual Twilight.
 
2013-03-24 01:31:37 PM  

rappy: Slaxl: I've never seen an MLP episode, but I love brony threads. Some people, on both sides, take it way too seriously. There are some who rage so hard I have to assume they're uncomfortable with their own feelings and want to show outward anger to make sure everyone knows they're not bronies.

rappy: Bunch of sick twisted f*cks with serious f*cking personality disorders.

Yeah, you. You remind me of a closeted gay person, standing up in front of all his congregation and telling them how much of a sin homosexuality is.

Live n' let live, who cares? I don't even believe these bronies who want to marry horses are real, I think they're all doing it for a joke, or a troll, but even if they are real, who cares? There's 3 of them. We're not going to die because of it.

Back away, creep


They're not real, bottle up your hatred.
 
2013-03-24 01:35:35 PM  

kitsuneymg: I am totally a fan of MLP, but I can't stand a good half of the jackasses who also like the show.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-24 02:00:34 PM  

Shadow Blasko: ///Should also be noted that my bosses boss had a meeting Friday, gave everyone their assignments for next week, [We're doing a big new IT migration] and followed it up with "Everypony knows what to do right?"

So, it appears I work in BronyCentral... and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that!


Do you guys happen to need a desktop support tech?
 
2013-03-24 02:02:44 PM  

rappy:

Back away, creep



Just wait until they name an episode after your Fark handle.
 
2013-03-24 02:09:14 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: WhippingBoy: Teufelaffe: WhippingBoy: Bronies Liters are just socially awkward child-men who feel superior to others and band together because the "mundane" aren't smart enough to "get" them.

FTFY


I kid, of course, but maybe people who spend time on FARK should be spending a little less time worrying about what others enjoy doing with their time.  Every time we get a Pony thread around here, it like the chess club deciding to make fun of the model train club for being "losers" and "nerds."

I hear what you're saying. And if grown men on Fark suddenly started proclaiming that they were Drew's boyfriend and were planning to marry him, your point would be valid.

I don't know why anyone would proclaim they were Drew's boyfriend and planning to marry him... we were married in a small, private ceremony shortly after New York made our love legal.


Wait, Drew's married???

That bastard! He told me I was his first...

How many more of you are out there? I bet he has one in every city.
 
2013-03-24 02:09:17 PM  
oi47.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-24 02:13:47 PM  

AntonChigger: I wouldn't have minded some time traveling b.s. just so they could have a 3-way between Ezri, Jadzia, and that Dabo girl ROm was married to...


Not to one-up your fic proposal, but a time-travel and mirror universe 4-way with Ezri, Jadzia, Leeta (that dabo girl) and Mirror Universe Kira (in her wonderful dominatrix gear).
 
2013-03-24 02:24:42 PM  

kitsuneymg:
I think it's due to the somewhat shared persecution complex the fandom has, that we're a bit more tolerant of deviant behavior, as a whole, than say, Alabama. That could also be due to the fact most of the fandom is under 21 and internet savvy. Whatever the cause, it seems a lot of crazies feel like they can glom themselves onto bronies and be accepted. As someone who has spent a lot of time writing and drawing fan stuff for this show, as someone who is probably in "too deep", let me just say, this is farked up and creepy.


(Naw, you're not too far gone. Keep doing what you're doing, your work made my morning coffee much more pleasant.)

25.media.tumblr.com

Now that I've had my morning coffee... Well, rule 63 was established as part of show canon at the end of Season 3, Episode 5, "Magic Duel." (Poor Applejack!), so he's got that going for him... In context, I thought the pony-in-real-life photoshopping was hilarious - Lyra, put down the axe, that's Pinkie's job - although it makes it much easier for everyone else to take things out of context.

If half the fanbase's experience with real life has only been high school and college, it may explains part of how its awkwardness is self-inflicted. When a hive mind attempts to run at the speed of the Internet, it tends to overreact in unpredictable ways. When what's at stake in the rest of one's life is comparatively small, everything, including (and perhaps especially) petty differences of opinion over a shared hobby tend to get blown up into Rarityesque meltdowns that asymptotically approach "the show is ruined!" within hours, far too fast for wiser and more moderating influences to take effect.

i.imgur.com

When TNG came out and Picard didn't immediately resort to "fark the aliens or blow them up", there were trekkers who said Star Trek(:TOS) was ruined. When DS9 got the idea from B5 to start using story arcs instead of the episodic format, there were trekkers said ST:TNG was ruined. When Voyag... OK, by that point, this analogy is breaking down horribly, but the first two count!
 
2013-03-24 02:26:55 PM  

ColdFusion: AntonChigger: I wouldn't have minded some time traveling b.s. just so they could have a 3-way between Ezri, Jadzia, and that Dabo girl ROm was married to...

Not to one-up your fic proposal, but a time-travel and mirror universe 4-way with Ezri, Jadzia, Leeta (that dabo girl) and Mirror Universe Kira (in her wonderful dominatrix gear).


Why not toss in the mirror universe Ezri while we're at it?
www.teufelaffe.com
 
2013-03-24 02:33:42 PM  

Shadow Blasko: 9 Damned months till we get some new episodes.

/At least my home town finally gets a con.

//Should be the Fark Roving Reporter for Cutie Mark Con


///should get a life m8
 
2013-03-24 02:37:38 PM  
When I see these threads, I'm generally like
dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com
 
2013-03-24 02:49:44 PM  

Teufelaffe: ColdFusion: AntonChigger: I wouldn't have minded some time traveling b.s. just so they could have a 3-way between Ezri, Jadzia, and that Dabo girl ROm was married to...

Not to one-up your fic proposal, but a time-travel and mirror universe 4-way with Ezri, Jadzia, Leeta (that dabo girl) and Mirror Universe Kira (in her wonderful dominatrix gear).

Why not toss in the mirror universe Ezri while we're at it?
[www.teufelaffe.com image 405x515]


You guys forgot the symbionts...Is that a 5-way or a 7-way? I can't even do the math on this anymore...
 
2013-03-24 02:55:57 PM  

encyclopediaplushuman: When I see these threads, I'm generally like
[dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com image 850x480]


i.imgur.com

Chaos. Because some ponies just want to watch the world burn.
 
2013-03-24 03:02:19 PM  
dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com
Excellent
 
2013-03-24 03:12:59 PM  

encyclopediaplushuman: [dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com image 680x383]
Excellent


I moustache you a question, Pinkie.

i.imgur.com

Is it excellence, or brilliance, that we seek?

i.imgur.com

Right-o, then.
 
2013-03-24 03:34:23 PM  
I WANT A FLUGELHORN!

iambrony.jsmart.web.id
 
2013-03-24 03:37:32 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: I WANT A FLUGELHORN!

[iambrony.jsmart.web.id image 290x308]


2.bp.blogspot.com

Okay, Pinkie, here ya go, hold yer... wait, never mind. That's how this thread got started!
 
2013-03-24 04:10:16 PM  
This is the thread to post your moronic pony shiat, so get it out of your system.
 
2013-03-24 04:13:16 PM  

lewismarktwo: This is the thread to post your moronic pony shiat, so get it out of your system.

Just for you.
 
2013-03-24 04:26:55 PM  

lewismarktwo: This is the thread to post your moronic pony shiat, so get it out of your system.


Nope.
 
2013-03-24 04:33:00 PM  
I'm proud to say that my son has stopped watching MLP on Netflix (it's been awhile, actually). Now, it's Ruby Gloom. Whatever; he's five.

Of course, MLP has some awesome moments, if you're paying attention (which I apparently did far too much).

lh4.googleusercontent.com

lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-03-24 04:36:29 PM  

belhade: I'm proud to say that my son has stopped watching MLP on Netflix (it's been awhile, actually). Now, it's Ruby Gloom. Whatever; he's five.

Of course, MLP has some awesome moments, if you're paying attention (which I apparently did far too much).

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 384x230]

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 384x230]


fc02.deviantart.net
 
2013-03-24 04:36:49 PM  

doglover: lewismarktwo: This is the thread to post your moronic pony shiat, so get it out of your system.
Just for you.


Meanwhile, on the other side of the Portal to Equestria...

media.tumblr.com

Nyan Cat just got 20% sillier!
 
2013-03-24 04:38:16 PM  
I don't hate the show, I watched 6 episodes and it really didn't hold my interest.  I don't hate people for liking the show, or even being sexually attracted to it, if that's what you want to do in private well... it's a little weird but go ahead.  But please... I'm begging you... stop clogging up the Internet with your @#$%!! pony pictures!!
i47.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-24 04:42:19 PM  

dbrunker: stop clogging up the Internet with your @#$%!! pony pictures!!


You don't want to know what's next.

www.horsejunkiesunited.com
 
2013-03-24 04:47:36 PM  

doglover: belhade: I'm proud to say that my son has stopped watching MLP on Netflix (it's been awhile, actually). Now, it's Ruby Gloom. Whatever; he's five.

Of course, MLP has some awesome moments, if you're paying attention (which I apparently did far too much).

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 384x230]

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 384x230]

[fc02.deviantart.net image 600x1368]


Now, see, I'm not a Dr. Who fan but I love finding all the adult stuff thrown into cartoons. Makes parenthood that much more fun.
 
2013-03-24 04:50:43 PM  

doglover: dbrunker: stop clogging up the Internet with your @#$%!! pony pictures!!

You don't want to know what's next.

[www.horsejunkiesunited.com image 829x437]


i.imgur.com

Too late. Time to Run like hell!
 
2013-03-24 05:23:02 PM  

Twilight Farkle: encyclopediaplushuman: [dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com image 680x383]
Excellent

I moustache you a question, Pinkie.

[i.imgur.com image 245x235]

Is it excellence, or brilliance, that we seek?

[i.imgur.com image 850x850]

Right-o, then.


FirstNationalBastard: I WANT A FLUGELHORN!

[iambrony.jsmart.web.id image 290x308]


Twilight Farkle: FirstNationalBastard: I WANT A FLUGELHORN!

[iambrony.jsmart.web.id image 290x308]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x400]

Okay, Pinkie, here ya go, hold yer... wait, never mind. That's how this thread got started!


i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-24 05:28:28 PM  

lewismarktwo: This is the thread to post your moronic pony shiat, so get it out of your system.


i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-03-24 05:34:00 PM  

belhade:
Now, see, I'm not a Dr. Who fan but I love finding all the adult stuff thrown into cartoons. Makes parenthood that much more fun.


And adulthood. It was the Benny Hill reference (a chase to a tune with a more-than-suspicious resemblance to Yakety Sax) in the third episode that kept me going.

encyclopediaplushuman:
[i48.tinypic.com image 400x400]


Pinkie's OK with this.

i.imgur.com

I don't need no arms around me,
I don't need no drugs to calm me,
I have seen the writing on the wall.
Don't think I need anything at all.
No, don't think I need anything at all.
All in all, it was all bricks in the fourth wall...
 
2013-03-24 05:41:09 PM  
dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com
dashie.mylittlefacewhen.com
 
2013-03-24 05:45:52 PM  

Twilight Farkle: And adulthood. It was the Benny Hill reference (a chase to a tune with a more-than-suspicious resemblance to Yakety Sax) in the third episode that kept me going.


Quite personally, one of the things that keeps me in the fandom, albeit far, far away from people like the TFA describes, is the artwork.

25.media.tumblr.com
24.media.tumblr.com

Well, that and the Cosplayers:
 
2013-03-24 06:11:54 PM  

hardinparamedic:
Well, that and the Cosplayers:


Buck yeah.

i.imgur.com

Like any fandom, it's got its share of derp.

i.imgur.com

...but as when even its derp is 20% cooler (or at least 20% more amusing) than the competing meme-complexes, I'm willing to cut it a lot of slack.
 
2013-03-24 06:51:47 PM  
OMG, what an awesome and adorable Derpy.
 
2013-03-24 07:14:15 PM  

ravenlore: OMG, what an awesome and adorable Derpy.


Sometimes the best cosplay comes from picking a two or three recognizable traits and emphasizing the hell out of them. The details take care of themselves. All in favor, say "aye!"

i.imgur.com

"The eyes have it!"
 
2013-03-24 07:21:09 PM  
Funny how people are only just now distancing themselves from the creepy part of the fandom.

If you own figurines or wear pony clothes, you're definitely on the creep event horizon.
 
2013-03-24 07:35:07 PM  
What about these lovely Fluttershys I took at a con? (Especially the middle one)
i45.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-24 07:36:08 PM  

spamdog: If you own figurines or wear pony clothes, you're definitely on the creep event horizon.


Then the overwhelming part of the fandom is on the "creep event horizon".
 
2013-03-24 07:43:19 PM  

spamdog: If you own figurines or wear pony clothes, you're definitely on the creep event horizon.


Oh really?

Funny enough, my boss has never raised an issue with wearing a pony shirt. Or an adventure time shirt. Or really any shirt I wear at work.

Even funnier, my patients seem to love it. Of course, I work in a Children's Hospital, so YMMV.

To really point the flaw out in your logic, you're basically saying anyone who owns anything cartoonish is a "creep". So anyone who owns anything with any Disney character on it, any Pixar Character, any Family Guy or Futurama...etc.

I really doubt the quality that would make someone a creep is the choice of Mickey Mouse scrubs.
 
2013-03-24 07:46:01 PM  
It's always good when you have a subgroup that even Furries can look down on.

web.mit.edu
 
2013-03-24 07:56:43 PM  

unchellmatt: It's always good when you have a subgroup that even Furries can look down on.

[web.mit.edu image 300x169]


he's got no eyes, man!

0-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2013-03-24 08:01:38 PM  

hardinparamedic: To really point the flaw out in your logic, you're basically saying anyone who owns anything cartoonish is a "creep". So anyone who owns anything with any Disney character on it, any Pixar Character, any Family Guy or Futurama...etc.


I never suggested that.

/although I would look down on someone with Family Guy merch
 
2013-03-24 08:16:14 PM  

hardinparamedic: unchellmatt: It's always good when you have a subgroup that even Furries can look down on.

[web.mit.edu image 300x169]

he's got no eyes, man!

[0-media-cdn.foolz.us image 462x265]


1.bp.blogspot.com

Once you're past the event horizon, you don't need eyes.
 
2013-03-24 08:26:38 PM  
these people are so farking depressing. go outside, for god's sake.
 
2013-03-24 09:21:58 PM  

milsorgen: Shadow Blasko: 9 Damned months till we get some new episodes.

/At least my home town finally gets a con.

//Should be the Fark Roving Reporter for Cutie Mark Con

///should get a life m8


I've got one.. Its a hella fun life too.

Seems you are the one who doesn't enjoy it... which is not my problem.
 
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