Today at my remedial nine to five, around 2pm, I confessed to my coworker, A, that I was a brony. She stared at me as if I had removed my eyeballs and handed them to her on a silver platter, then laughed. Laughed so hard, I saw her contacts move out of place from the tears that were welling up in her eyes. Exactly what I expected.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘brony’ you’re probably living in a barn (watch out for pony jokes this whole article) and won’t read this anyway, but for argument’s sake I’ll explain. A brony is a male (or female), normally between the age of 20-30, who watches My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. You’re probably thinking, ‘Grown men (and women) are watching an animated television show geared for an audience of seven-to-10-year-old girls. That’s downright weird’. And I’d have to agree with you on that, but the thing is, the show is fantastic.
Lessons of friendship and good morals are taught through the lives of six pony friends. Affectionately dubbed ‘The Mane Six’ by bronies everywhere, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy show children how different personalities can work out their differences to achieve things they couldn’t alone. In a show featuring Pegasus, Unicorns, and Earth Ponies, everyone is equal regardless of gender, color or ‘race’. In fact, the colors of the pony are arbitrary and have no correlation to any of their actions, personalities, or reception within society.
What makes My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic so appealing to bronies? It’s an unanswerable question. With so many different people watching, there are too many opinions to generalize into one statement. For this brony, the personalities of the ponies are so complex and their comedy as humorous as it is G-rated that I have to appreciate this show for being able to pull off such a difficult task. As a side note, I can definitely relate to Applejack, the sassy country cowgirl, and Pinkie Pie is a riot.
So for all you neigh-sayers out there who bash MLP, as bronies refer to it, give it a chance. Maybe I’ll be brohoofin’ you at the next BronyCon!