Bronies. Kim Kardashian said she was going to break the internet, but if there was something that could break the internet it would be the Bronies when season 5 finally arrives. Bronies are an interesting sub-culture for several reasons. The Internet is a buzz with all things Pony and it will stay like that if the Bronies have anything to do with it.
For those who don't know, Bronies are a group formed around the fandom for
the latest reboot of the cartoon series “My little Pony: Friendship is Magic”.
To begin with I will tell you about my first experience with this show and Bronies.
I am part of internet sub-culture and as I said the internet is alive with
Bronies. It started as a huge fad and I am not the type who jumps on bandwagons,
in fact I avoid them like the plague. So I avoided the craze figuring it would
be gone soon, it wasn't. Finally a website I do frequent, the fail-blog
network, got a new section dedicated to Bronies. This made me decided to check
this site and see all the ways the show was being made fun of so I would have a
working knowledge of the show and an actual reason to not like this stupid
bandwagon fad show. The site was not about knocking the show, like most Brony
content it is very positive. This is when I decided that I had to actually
watch an episode, I may avoid bandwagons but I do not hate something for no
reason. I went out of my way to watch one episode and wasn't oppose to it. Then
I realized getting ready for classes in the morning that the show was on every
day while I was up, so I saw another, and another, long story short, I still
don't consider myself a Brony but I have seen every episode and own merchandise.
I have found in my time as a fan that many started out this same way. But
before becoming a fan there were other opinions of the show that I became
familiar with too.
To clarify one thing, I am not a freak in the community for being a grown
male, many Bronies are grown males and females, average age over 20. Of course
young girls are also fans but much merchandise is now being marketed to the goldmines
of nerds with their own money to spend. The fact that a show about colorful
ponies being appealing to men has been polarizing in the media, and framed in
different ways it can be seen very differently. One good way to see how big culture
is right now that there are currently 2 different documentaries on Netflix
dedicate to analyzing the culture and its effect on society. This being the
case many are going to cover it in different ways. Negative coverage of the
show can be seen on just about any major news provider, particularly the more conservative
ones. The issues discussed as to why the culture is bad is wide. It turns out
that Ponies is particularly adored amongst the gay community, there for some
have framed that as meaning that the show is causing the spread of gayness. An especially
destructive frame which is almost the implicit
reaction is that if a grown man is watching a show and dressing in cloths meant
for little girls then the must have an unnatural attraction to little girls. These
points of view, in my opinion, must come from people very insecure in their masculinity
or who are scared of change. This is because they frame the issue in a very
small way only used to push people towards following their own view on it.
If the Bronies could frame the show and their sub-culture the way they
wanted it would be much more inclusive of what the show is about. The show is
about friendship, and all the good things that we learn from having friends
that love us. I don’t know about you but I don’t think that message is just for