Adult male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
It’s a real thing, in case you’ve been under a rock. In a cave. On Mars.
Let’s think this over: Adult men are obsessed with a children’s cartoon—a girl’s cartoon—obsessed enough to collect toys, dress up, go to conventions, make videos, music, storybooks, and original characters. For fun.
Bwahahahahahahaha! Right? That’s the initial reaction. Dorks! Losers! Commence the wedgies!
The joys of nerd/geekdom come in many forms. I mean, if we joke about bronies, are we any better than the folks who laugh at geeks who are fluent in Klingon? I know having Star Wars figures in middle school was not all that fun. But I liked it. So how can I turn around and make fun of bronies? Where is the line between geek chic and geek dorks? When does being a geek turn to being a dork?
I am aware that there is a certain subculture within the Brony community that is more fetish-oriented. Well, consenting adults can do whatever the heck they want in privacy. However, if there’s no consent or no privacy, then we have laws for that, and said perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But the fact is, every geek faction has a similar fetishistic subset. I have some evidence to prove that this “deviancy” isn’t unique to the MLP faction of nerdom:
1.) Leia in Jabba’s palace. 99.99% of nerds, you are guilty. The remaining .01%, you are lying. Through. Your. Teeth.
2.) Hentai. For those of you who don’t know what this is, please, DO NOT LOOK IT UP. Because this art form makes baby Jesus weep profusely in his manger. You don’t want to know. If you look it up, you’ll regret it. But we don’t blame every otaku for this:
3.) Suggestive fan drawings of any female comic character. Ye gods. I’m not ever happy about this stuff.
4.) Suggestive professional canonical published drawings of any female character. I’m looking at you, Marvel Swimsuit Issue.
Or Psylocke. Anytime she shows up.
So, I’m going to stake my Geek X-pert reputation on the line and say this: Leave the Bronies alone. They’re nerds and geeks. Just like us. The documentary on Bronies is no different than the documentary on Trekkies. Do I like MLP? No. But if I participate in making fun of them, then that’s bullying, and I’m then no different than anyone who makes fun of me for being 36 and reading comics. I won’t do it. Just because I don’t understand or appreciate it, that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Bro hoof to the herd. I’m not joining, but I’m not condemning. A geek is a geek. One cannot make fun of a fandom without being entirely hypocritical about one’s own particular tastes. As goofy as you may perceive a Brony, somewhere someone thinks your collection of sports memorabilia or Batman comics is laughable. We’re all geeky about something. Whether it’s Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Marvel, DC, horror films, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, anime, model trains, stamps, kaiju, loom bands, knitting, antique spoons, I don’t care. Enjoy it. I hope 2014 is your geekiest year yet. Have fun and smile. Find others who share the same interests. After all, Friendship is Magic.