Playing The Ponies
Oh my. I hope no one takes it the wrong way, but this thread has had me laughing my ass
For my fellow pony fans, I feel your pain. And for my fellow ATSers who don't know what to make of all this, are creeped out or otherwise utterly
bamboozled by this whole adult men liking My Little Pony
business, I really
feel your pain.
Before I actually watched the show, I would have had precisely the same reactions, and found myself fumbling for explanations. Perhaps too much PVC
piping and estrogen in the water supply? Women's Liberation making a sudden breakthrough? MK-ULTRA Populace Pacification Program?
thing I would have guessed is that it's simply a really good show. Personally, I think it's one of the best cartoons since the
Golden Age of American Animation
. It reminds me most of the Looney
Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the like -- and the show is full of references to those and other
AND it's also a cartoon designed to market some of the pinkest, fluffiest, girliest
merchandise known to humankind: pastel-colored pony dolls
with brushable manes. My Little Pony.
Beware! The cognitive dissonance of these extremes may cause permanent, irreversible insanity.
Anyway, I suppose I shouldn't regurgitate the entirety of my incomprehensibly long post on
. There's probably something in the Geneva Conventions against that.
I will say, however, that for anyone truly puzzled and/or alarmed by the "Brony" phenomenon, a little investigation should show that it's really not
all that mysterious. Yes, it's "weird" in the sense that (as far as I know) it's unprecedented in history. And even people who take a closer look may
feel just as confused as ever.
But to say "I don't get it" and not even try
to "get it", well, I think we all know that that amounts to.
As with a book with a strange cover, opening it and looking inside can often reveal something much different than expected. That was certainly the
case when a friend recommended I watch Friendship is Magic
over a year and a half ago -- and had to do more than a little arm-twisting to get
me to finally watch it (believe me). Rest assured, prior to that, "My Little Pony" was about as far off my radar as could possibly be imagined.
Last year, after watching the show and realizing the sociopsychological conundrum it represents, I adopted our little ponies as my ATS mascots and
avatar theme because I consider the show to be something that can symbolize the meaning of our site motto.
Just as with us "conspiracy wackos", which most "mainstream" people will assume we are simply because we post here, there is really much more to the
"pony" story than would seem at a casual glace.
Us "conspiracy wackos" are labeled that because we dare question the assumptions that underly "normal" society. We dare to be different, to defy
orthodoxy and the blinders of conformity.
So it is with pony fans. Every male fan of the show knows damn well
what sort of reaction to expect from society. This thread is rather tame
compared to most discussions of its kind on the Internet (and if I can be forgiven for bragging, reflects the quality of our membership versus the
dismal intellectual state of the Internet at large). But it covers a lot of the same ground that we fans of the show know all too well.
It's easy enough to dismiss it all as nonsense without actually knowing what is being dismissed. But those who choose to question their own prejudices
often find the results rewarding.
I won't presume to say what that would mean for anyone other than myself, but I will say that had I allowed my own prejudices to push me away, I would
have missed out on a great cartoon series. One of the best I've seen, and I've seen quite a few.
YMMV, of course, but just as all ATSers aren't crazy, neither are all us pony fans.
Just some of us. Try to guess which ones.
P.S. For anyone who may wonder, I don't buy or play with pony dolls, don't care for the previous shows and movies associated with the franchise, don't
have an unhealthy interest in little girls and don't dress up like a pony. I just really like Friendship is Magic,
that's why I watch it, and
I'm not at all ashamed of that.
And, as I always have, I still go hiking, camping, jeeping, dirt bike riding, shooting and enjoy other "manly" activities just fine, thank you, and
still rate movies based on how many explosions they have (the more, the better). Watching a pony cartoon won't change that.
men don't have to prove they're real men.
edit on 8/17/2012 by Majic because: (no reason given)