Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pony Up Haters

So, those of you who read my earlier post about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic know that the Brony is now, entirely, really a "thing".

Example: The only smartphone app for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic currently in the offing is fan created and this is its description:
"This is not for kids!! This app is designed for pony fans, usually males 18+, with huge online presence. If you are a parent wishing to get an app for your kid - DON'T DO IT. Thank you!"
When the internet thinks something is inappropriate for kids, you should probably believe it.

While there is some question as to whether the meme started on 4chan or Something Awful, this article does a great job of chronicling the rise of this fangroup, and seriously, as weird as it is, it totally proves my longstanding point that boys and men will enjoy well-done shows aimed at women or girls. 

Epic Win to Lauren Faust.

Brony, short for “bro pony,” refers to an unusual audience demographic of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a cartoon that began airing on the new cable network the Hub in October of last year. The show, based on the seminal 1980s toy franchise, was created for Hasbro by Lauren Faust, a former writer and director on The Powerpuff Girls. While it is marketed to children, it has quickly amassed a legion of fanboys between the ages of 18 and 35 who obsess over characters with names like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Pinkie Pie. Predictably, this has led to some confusion.
“Everyone thought I was a girl,” said a mop-topped young man wearing a Friendship Is Magic T-shirt and a name tag that identified him as Strawberry Spice (Purple Tinker, the head of the Bronies’ New York chapter, calls these alter egos“pony-sonas”). Mr. Spice, 18, was at the Brony meetup partially to establish his gender in person, but also to hand out homemade stickers and pony-themed fruit snacks.

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