August 01, 2018

Internet helps normalize disturbing “Brony” culture of cartoon-pony loving men

David MenziesMission Specialist

Allow me to be politically incorrect and a bit judgmental and tell you how disturbed I am by Brony culture, which is comprised of a group of predominately adult male aficionados of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic cartoon series.


So fervent is the “Brony” (“Bro” combined with “Pony”) love of this cartoon series that “Bronies” assemble en masse for a weekend every summer in Baltimore (which they call “Balti-mare”) to attend a convention called BronyCon.

Bronycon 2018 just wrapped up on Sunday and was attended by some 10,000 Bronies!

There’s something disturbing about this slice of pop culture, and while I wouldn’t suggest they’re all sexual deviants, it’s baffling that this counter culture has reached enough critical mass that a documentary entitled, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, was produced about this fan base.

Which brings me to my love/hate relationship with the Internet. Before the Information Super Highway, an adult male obsessed with a cartoon program for little girls would think, “My God... what’s wrong with me? How can this be happening? I need professional counselling.”

Today, that same guy goes online and presto, he discovers to his absolute delight and amazement that there are thousands of cartoon pony-loving dudes just like him!

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commented 2018-08-10 00:01:26 -0400
tammie putting a video of people doing stupid shit doesnt mean all people act like that, but ofcourse your great counter argument would be a pathetic stuff like that, that also proves nothing. try harder next time.
paul it says shit about society you just try to make it look bad because its weird and doesnt go accorting to your defintion of normal.

andrew you are right.

tammie you are not give it a rest.
commented 2018-08-07 13:56:47 -0400
Sorry Andrew, these gynocentric women had nothing to say when Iranian women were arrested for removing Niquab and demanding equal treatment under the law. They are being sentenced to 20 years in prison for removing their face coverings.
Child marriage is wrong, stop deflecting.

Today’s left wing feminist is a sad, unfunny joke.

Perhaps you can learn a few things from Camille Paglia.
commented 2018-08-03 12:03:45 -0400
“Hmmm Andrew, just a couple to name right off the bat, today’s feminists are silent on FGM; female subjugation under Islam”
These are very politically loaded issues. However, feminists are against subjugation of women, period. That does not need the qualification of “under Islam” which is unhelpful, since subjugation occurs among all groups, and many, if not most, Muslim women are far from “subjugated”.

“child marriage”
It’s the Feminists who are fighting to raise the marriage age in Bible Belt states from 12. Child marriage is endemic in certain Red states. “intentionally trying to sell equality of outcome over equality of opportunity”

The two are not distinct. Equal opportunity should lead to equal outcome. Feminists aspire to remove the systemic barriers that lie between the two and prevent that from occurring. Which is to say, if your “opportunity” is a handful of dice and a chance to roll them, one person always gets 6s and one always gets 1s (disparate outcomes) then it’s fairly evident the dice are loaded. A complicating factor is that the person that got the "6’ dice will probably complain when they’re taken away and replaced with fairer ones, even going so far as to argue that they’re being disadvantaged by this downward shift, and complaining bitterly if anyone dare comment that their original ownership of such special dice constituted any form of “privilege”. “iminishing the role of the father”

I don’t know any feminists that actually do that. This is more of a talking point than anything else, and at some point the deadbeat dads have to take responsibility for themselves.

“Today’s feminists are gynocentrically focused, supremacy disguised as a lot of other things. Add to that they are incredibly hypocritical: free speech for me, not for thee. "

No, they’re not. Feminists, as in reality not the Bretibart-formulated bogeyman, are all for equality of outcome, as per your own comment above, and that’s directly linked to equality of opportunity and removal of systemic barriers.

There is no lack of free speech. You are more than welcome to freely debate ideas. You are not welcome to attack individuals personally in a way that infringes on their fundamental rights, and you never were.

The opposition is largely symbolic. Conservatives don’t like change, and they hate the agents of change that threaten their own preconceived notions. Chalk it up to another manifestation of the standard anti-intellectualism.
commented 2018-08-03 07:59:27 -0400
FEFW – Thank you.
commented 2018-08-02 17:52:50 -0400
Wow.. Tammie… outstanding post.!!!!
commented 2018-08-02 16:59:17 -0400
Hmmm Andrew, just a couple to name right off the bat, today’s feminists are silent on FGM; female subjugation under Islam, child marriage, intentionally trying to sell equality of outcome over equality of opportunity, diminishing the role of the father.
Today’s feminists are gynocentrically focused, supremacy disguised as a lot of other things. Add to that they are incredibly hypocritical: free speech for me, not for thee.

If you got out a little more and actually talked to people, women all over the West are more than tired of the direction feminism has taken.
commented 2018-08-02 16:46:58 -0400
Most of that opposition seems based in political complaints, not societal ones, in the same way that the Breitbart crowd blames the Left for everything.

What, specifically, do they complain about?
commented 2018-08-02 15:41:30 -0400
Andrew, in case you haven’t noticed, many women are complaining about third wave feminists – as these self proclaimed progressives are the epitome of hypocrisy.
commented 2018-08-02 12:46:23 -0400
I heard about this a few years ago. If this is what these soy Bronies want to do with their time & money then fine. It says a lot about our society though. Tide pods, snorting condoms, Bronies. Our ancestors are laughing at us from beyond the grave.
commented 2018-08-02 11:46:12 -0400
“Alberta Maga commented 9 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson yeah we are the fear mongers LMAO!now tell us again that the earth is ending. "

You don’t feel this article reeks of vague paranoia. Why is it “disturbing” as per title? Because it’s different? Sorry.

“Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 16 hours ago
Hard to imagine any sane woman would want to have a relationship with any of these “men” who garner so much pleasure from “Brony” culture….there will be thousands of 40 year old virgins who then complain to Mommy that life isn’t fair!

A lot of women are into this sort of thing as well. Being that geeky superfan is cool these days

You know why self proclaimed “alphas” are always complaining about feminists?
commented 2018-08-02 02:33:02 -0400
I think Justin is one of the founders of this event.
commented 2018-08-02 02:32:37 -0400
Andrew Stephenson yeah we are the fear mongers LMAO!now tell us again that the earth is ending.
commented 2018-08-02 01:03:55 -0400
tammie what this folks do is just to enjoy a show as any fandom does. tammy that is a nice fallacy over there, but i guess liking a show doesnt mean a bad person or an asshole, so i guess the fans who have families, and girlfriends (because they are decent human beings) dont count am i right?
shannon you do know that besides a show they like they have a life of their own right?
commented 2018-08-02 01:00:58 -0400
wow wow!!!!! so all in all you are insecure about yourself, you can like or dislike a certain thing and will not affect your vision of masculinity that you obviously have, again, this ""NORMALIZE"" concept its not even correct in the way you say it, you even go and call it disturbing….why is it disturbing?? because it challenges your view of what a man should behave or watch, there are bad and good people in this world, and that is not determined in what show they decide to watch for fun. is it out of the ordinary for them to watch that kind of show. yes just as for a girl to watch transformers but nobody bats an eye there, all because we or better say you are fixed on society norms about what man or woman should watch. at the end of the day nobody normalizes anyhting and its not disturbing, you are just close minded.
commented 2018-08-01 22:33:51 -0400
Nicole Klatt, thanks for your perspective. Are you saying you attend the Brony conventions?
Watching a show with your young daughter is not the same thing as what these folks are doing.
commented 2018-08-01 21:16:23 -0400
Oh for the love of Mike. OK really a few points here, you are like 8 years behind the curve of poking fun at an age old controversy. You might as well say that Gamergate is still relevent. If you are complaining that a fandom exists therefore it will drag all the sickos to it lack a real understanding of popular culture. I will simply say there are real perverts out there who do not even need the excuse of a fandom to be scum ok.
Still the idea of people being weird only because they go to these conventions, well fair enough many are. There are many, manly men there too. There are quite the many fans who are in the armed services, you know the people who like to defend their nation. Men and women who have to be very physically fit and enjoy a show that is known very much for its comedy.
The show is more like a Disney movie then anything else. It has great animation and well scripted story arcs unlike so many things that are in our media today.
The fandom of many properties is so much a BIG business ie the marvel movies, video games ect. hundreds of millions of people enjoy these things in popular cultural and the video game industry alone in a multi billion dollar company. There arm ALOT of conventions around the world dealing with all these fandoms. So all of this should not be all that surprising when Scifi conventions have been around for a long time.
Still at the end of the day I am glad there are shows out there that a father can watch with his little girls without feeling like his mind is turning into mush. It has great storytelling, great music and comedy that is akin to Benny Hill.
commented 2018-08-01 20:41:30 -0400
Is this article for real? I have never met one of these ‘men’ and find it hard to believe they exist. The internet super-highway will be the downfall of western society. Tens of thousands of little pony men(and women) cooing over their childlike crap while enemy combatants hit them over the head with a shovel. Why waste a bullet on such a PUSSY opponent. SICKENING what we are becoming.
commented 2018-08-01 20:05:18 -0400
This is sooooo 2015. Just discount these ‘kids’ and move one.
commented 2018-08-01 19:26:23 -0400
Hard to imagine any sane woman would want to have a relationship with any of these “men” who garner so much pleasure from “Brony” culture….there will be thousands of 40 year old virgins who then complain to Mommy that life isn’t fair!
commented 2018-08-01 18:01:02 -0400
Conservatives: They’re afraid, and they want you to be too.

Who cares what they do.
commented 2018-08-01 16:03:36 -0400
Doesn’t bode well for the future of the male gender.