Bronies - Grown Men and Fans of "My Little Pony"


Gay Guy,

Last month, the Underwire blog at Wired.com ran a feature on the men who love My Little Pony. LINK

Yes, My Little Pony. The comb-able collectables for little girls launched by Hasbro in the 1980s. These dudes follow the adventures of Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle. And they have no shame about it.

Quote: "So, why the breathless adoration? Some fans say the show’s appeal lies in good illustration, excellent characters or, as Allen put it, a 'perfect storm of ’80s nostalgia and cultural irony.'"

They are talking about the newest incarnation of the show, which is spun from the mind of Lauren Faust, the creator of the "Powerpuff Girls," which also found an audience larger than the target market. Here's her take on the Pony phenomenon: "“The fact that ... they were open-minded and cool enough and secure in their masculinity enough to embrace it and love it and go online and talk about how much they love it — I’m kind of proud.”

Not sure where this blog post goes from here. How can I ridicule and celebrate these guys at the same time? Readers?

--Straight Guy

61 comments:

straight in upstate said...

I do like Powerpuff Girls - hip writing and weird exaggerated art...I would watch a My Little Pony to see how it matches up...can't see myself collecting the toys.

Dorn said...

You know, I've seen every Dora the Explorer episode ever made. I have over half of them memorized thanks to the incessant nature of a toddler. I would never consider myself a fan. I wonder if these guys have blurred the line between familiar and appreciation. Kinda like that pop song you can't shake out of your head. Hearing J-Lo and Pit Bull over and over doesn't make me love their song any more.

Peter said...

Not irony. We're Bronies, not hipsters. We enjoy the show unironically.

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