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!