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There's a new insignia showing up on the sleeves of a small group of military men, but instead of denoting rank, it advertises their love for a cartoon inspired by the girlish 1980s plastic toy called "My Little Pony."
So-called "Bronies," adult men who are fans of the TV show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," have apparently been around at least since 2010, when the Hasbro-owned cartoon first aired. Within their ranks are "Military Bronies," service members from all branches of the military who share their love of the show and wear the "cutie mark" -- a Rainbow Dash patch on their uniforms, Army Times first reported.
The bond may seem strange for men entrusted with defending their nation, but the Military Bronies' Facebook page has more than 1,500 “likes” and has inspired websites like FOB Equestria, where members proudly display their patches and profess their love for a show aimed at children. In a post to the Facebook page, a self-described serviceman who gave his name, but no branch or rank said fellow Bronies have made a soldier out of him.
Originally posted by disgustingfatbody
reply to post by MidnightTide
This stuff had no business being on a uniform.
This is the military, folks. Men and women sworn to defend our nation. A grim, serious business. Does anyone else find it a little odd that they are openly condoning "bronies"? These are adult men who are open fans of cartoon horses from a children's television show aimed at little girls. Now the military lets them prance proudly.
Is this a conspiracy to effiminize the military, to soften it and make it more cuddly? Or just a reflection of a wider social trend whereby grown men and women act like children longer and longer, and whereby the feminine takes increasing precidence over the masculine?
This is the military, folks. Men and women sworn to defend our nation. A grim, serious business.
I figure that anyone risking their life in a warzone can watch whatever the heck they want to watch without apology. Good for them! (Erin Palette)
Manliness is the ability to not crumble under someone else’s opinion of you. Manliness is NOT conforming to the opinions of idiots who think they can determine what you can and can’t like. These “bronies” are bigger men than those who TRY to be “manly”, solely because they are flipping their middle fingers to society and liking whatever the hell they want, not giving two sh*ts about anyone else’s opinion of them. That is independence. That is masculinity. (Jordan)
I know bronies who are pro hockey players, MMA fighters, police officers, military, and even Hell’s Angels. The idea that any of them are not masculine is ridiculous and narrow-minded. They are living proof that it’s okay to be tough and admire the themes of friendship, love, and tolerance at the same time. (TheSlorg)
I’d MUCH rather have a brony watching my six than someone who was self-absorbed and thinking of little more than his image. Someone saying openly “I like this show” has conquered a fear of rejection and has faced down a few inner demons. Someone criticizing that person lacks courage, is pretty much guaranteed to have medical-grade skeletons in his closet, and is therefore a prime candidate for desertion under fire or is blackmail fodder. (LR)