Yesterday I wrote about my 3.5 year old son’s new obsession with My Little Pony and there were two immediate responses:
1 . MY SON LOVES MLP, TOO!
2 . Have you heard of Bronies?
I had not heard of “Bronies,” so I immediately hit up Google and stumbled across this gem from Urban Dictionary:
Typically refers to 13-30 year old male fans of the 2010 reboot of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but may also include females (see fillies).
Brony = Bro + Pony
While generally associated with a negative stereotype by outsiders, due to it’s former 80’s frilly girly-girl twinkle-toed tea-parties and all-female main casting, bronies are attracted to the new show by it’s good animation, acting, writing, and humor.
Wait. So there’s an entire culture of grown men that love My Little Pony?
Turns out there is, complete with conventions and tattooed “cutie marks” and websites/forums dedicated to the brotherly love of all things My Little Pony. It may seem a little odd at first, but there’s nothing wrong or devious about it. Even Hasbro, the creators of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, have embraced the cult of bronies that now follow the show. They give vocal support to the Bronies and even released Brony convention-exclusive collector toys, which immediately sold out. There’s even a study being held about Bronies as a way to explore the human fan phenomenon.
Even better, the group “Bronies for Good” raised over $60,000 in 2012 for the Children’s Cancer Association.
Pony on, Bronies. I’ll be proud if my son joins your ranks.
What are your thoughts on the Brony movement? Creepy or innocent imaginary fun?
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