Be warned: Don’t check out these articles unless you’re either looking for something to rage senselessly about or can laugh at yourself. Some of the comical claims made in these articles have been known to induce butthurt.
All right, so first up today, we have an article from Taki’s Magazine on how the writer will “never stop making fun of wimps, metrosexuals, beardists, dogmatic fatsos, Gawker fags, Daily Kos beta males, MSNBC bitches, transgendered whiners, Clay Aiken, commies, yoga, plushies, infantilists, maskers, and cuddle parties, but the autistic fan base of a social-interaction cartoon is different.” The fan base that’s different, of course, is our little brony fandom. You can find the article here.
Our other negatory article for today, this coming from NYU Local, is about someone who was researching bronies, was apparently browsing Tumblr for information on us, and came across something too graphic for The Daily Oat to report on–okay, we can, but we’re not going to. This is full of action, adventure, stereotyping and profiling, and inaccurate information on the takedown of the Princess Molestia Tumblr. Hunter S. Thompson would be proud.
How pony are you? Do you devote several hours a day to pony news, pony media, pony discussion, and pony thoughts? Do you decorate your house with pony posters, pony plushies, and pony figurines while you blast pony music through the halls?
A good number of bronies are young enough to still be living with their parents, and a good number are also stuck in dorm rooms that they have to share with others who may not be as understanding of brony culture as one would like. The question is, would you if you could?
This week, EMF does things a lot, lot, LOT differently.
One thing that you, dear readers, may not know about me is that I love lore and history of fictional universes that I have a vested interest in. I will still infrequently play Runescape, where all of the history, lore, quests, backstory, and other general information are something I make a point to pay attention to; as such, I’m something of an encyclopedia for that game. When I was playing World of Warcraft, I similarly devoted countless hours to running around their lore section and paying very close attention to implications made through gameplay.
So, what happens when you give a self-proclaimed fictional historian like Scootareader a new TV show that has incredibly well-developed characters, a deep, thoughtful story, and enough history to keep me wanting to chew through children’s books for weeks for little nuggets of information?
You get him frustrated, that’s what.
One thing that most bronies don’t think about is the amount of time and effort that they have put into the show and the fandom. Thinking logically about it, there would be far more free time in my day if I hadn’t filled it with ponies. This is a choice, not an obligation; perhaps all addicts say that about their problems, but I think that watching an educational, entertaining show for girls is ultimately a better decision of wasting time than slowly giving myself cancer, finding inebriated promiscuous women at questionable social events, or searching for solace in likewise illegal activities.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s say that ponies are not an addiction; that we can all kick them out of our lives at any time, there will be no residual effects, and life will go on as it normally does, sans the ponies. Now we’re getting to where there’s sacrifice—time freely devoted to a cause. Jroddie, as some of you may have noticed, has been posting a lot more articles recently; this isn’t because he likes season 4, however. He still hates the direction that the show is taking, convinced that matters have gotten progressively worse since Lauren Faust departed our fair show.
I agree with him: Things have gotten worse since Lauren Faust left. However, my beef isn’t with the show itself.
Friendship. It’s in the title of the show, and most definitely a central theme of the new generation of My Little Pony. It drives actions, saves nations, and gives viewers the warm fuzzies when things work out all right. As said by Twilight Sparkle, “Friendship is a wondrous and magical thing, and like the path cut through the orchard, there will always be a way through.” (The Return of Harmony P2)
So, is the magic of friendship something that all bronies feel in their hearts? The answer to that riddle is no. Friendship, despite being the central pillar of the show which all things are built upon, is pathetically underrepresented in the brony community. There’s acting and there’s pretending, but an incredibly high number of bronies balk at the notion of friends being meaningful.
In a time before there was ponies, the world still existed. People were happy, and people were sad. There were times of peace, and there were times of war. The world turned, and time passed us by. We didn’t consider ourselves a lost cause, a world without direction, and there was still a significant population of humanity that was dissatisfied with the direction our species is taking.
Now, there are ponies. We have several seasons under our belt, and some of us anticipate several more. We, as a fandom in general, are psyched about it. Whatever misgivings existed about alicorn Twilight, they typically seem to have been forgotten in the interest of new episodes. Just what has driven us to make this a part of our lives? What of our lives before ponies? What is so special about a few animated horses singing about friendship?
Twilight Sparkle was the first pony that most of us saw. She was there with us, through thick and thin, fighting evil and learning friendship the whole way. Now, through the magic of greedy corporations and a producer that isn’t affiliated anymore, Twilight has been diluted from her former glory of the most high Pointy Purple to the lesser state of Glitterbutt. (for more information on pony naming mechanics, see this).
I’ve never quite understood just why bronies now have to treat Twilight Sparkle with hostility. She’s a princess now… and what of it? Nothing has changed to a radical degree; she still has the same personality that so many of us love, and that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for quite a while. Sure, she’s had a bit of a battered present, but that doesn’t mean her past has been changed radically, right? So why should her future be damned?
Does the above picture invoke hope or anger? We’re about to find out, as we see two opposing sides on the Twilight Sparkle princess scandal! Was her transformation justified? Or did Hasbro totally drop the ball? We hope to shed some light on this matter as we give two arguments, the first a case in defending the Purple Menace written by Scootareader, and the second written by the considerably attractive prosecution, Jroddie. We know you have your own thoughts on this radical change, too, so feel free to leave your comments in any of the posts! We will read them and reply back if we have anything to say.