Suddenly, news articles! We received a flood of articles from the past month or so all at once that talk about the fandom, many of them thought-provoking and interesting in their own way. Everything from a brony being fired for his enjoyment of a TV show to a review of a Princess Celestia doll can be found below the break!
Our first article is actually where the header picture originates, and is titled “What’s behind ‘My Little Pony’ Phenomenon?“ This article is published on USA Today, and includes several questions asked of a Hasbro exec concerning My Little Pony through the ages.
Next article we got was written by the International Business Times about a Reddit user who goes by the name “FiredBrony.” He describes in the article about how his small, quiet support of a TV show in the workplace eventually caused friction between his co-workers and himself and was his cause for being fired. Most of the Reddit community rallied with FiredBrony, encouraging legal action for wrongful termination and the like. Another article discussing FiredBrony’s situation can be found on Gawker over here.
Next is something of a follow-up article written by the LA Times. Writer Michael McGough wrote an article in the past about groups of people who aren’t protected by anti-discrimination laws, which makes those laws, in turn, discriminatory against the groups which aren’t protected under it, and that FiredBrony’s situation actually ends up causing some ponderance on how civil rights laws are written. Short of a reform that would cause immense involvement from the government, not every group can be protected, but at least some statute which gives smaller groups more leverage when they are discriminated against isn’t so far-fetched an idea.
This next article comes to us from CNN and concerns the Toy Hall of Fame. Every year, a new toy is inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, and this year, My Little Pony is in the running. It’s got some tough competition–as you can see, it’s going up against, Chess, Pac-Man, and Army Men–but crazier things have happened, right?
Any guess where this article may be located? Lancaster Online sadly did not provide any My Little Pony stock images, but did manage to produce a fairly well-written unbiased article describing bronies. They only mentioned the most popular brony convention, but properly know the discernation between a brony and a pegasister as well as who Lauren Faust is and some of the largest moments in the show as well as brony sentiments; they have to have had a very good contact on the inside.
Perhaps they’re a little slow in getting this out, but ComicBookMovie has given a short synopsis of the brony documentary and just why bronies are so willing to stick their necks out for a show. Nothing revelatory here, but a pleasant read nonetheless.
This doll may look creepy to some of us, but apparently, it’s actually quite well-made–although, the boots are their entire lower leg, and that’s a little sad. The Celebrity Cafe has given us two doll reviews: One for Princess Twilight Sparkle and the other for Princess Celestia. Both dolls received very high praise from the writer of the article, discussing several of the unique features on the Twilight Sparkle doll and what to expect from Principal Celestia.
Our final article is about the My Little Pony and Interests Club at Sacramento State University with its wide variety of discussion topics and beneficence to the Sacramento community. This club, founded in 2012, is also the driving force behind the Sac Brony Expo, a day-long convention that happened earlier this year and will most likely be coming back in 2014.
We have even more articles for you guys, but we don’t want to overflow you with reading! We did our best to get a good variety for maximum fun. Enjoy!