Let’s talk poniesAugust 2nd, 2011 |
Okay, if you’ve been around the interwebs, I’m sure you’ve noticed the influx of fans, obsessing over the show ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’. Well, it’s a decent show and occasionally pretty damn funny. It’s enjoyable, and I understand completely why it’s so popular. It’s well written, rather aware of it’s “overly sweet” nature, and compensates by essentially having every main character be utterly insane. I suspect, with shows like this, Transformers: Prime and Dan Vs., that if the Hub network can get some better cable package distributions, they could seriously give Cartoon Network a true run for their money. Because right now, the Hub is like how Cartoon Network used to be, when it was fun and energetic, and not shoving utter garbage like Flapjack, Chowder and that… that… ABOMINATION of a show, Mad. (Seriously, CN’s Mad cartoon is the worst thing I’ve seen on television. I would rather watch a day-long marathon of the Post-Eric Foreman ‘That 70s Show’ than sit through one 15 minute episode of Mad.)
But that aside, as far as ponies go, I understand the show’s popularity. I like it. I even have myself an Applejack toy. It’s on my television, next to my Silver Age Supergirl figure and my Shadowgirl statuette. But I don’t go around, proudly declaring myself a damn brony, like I’m in a parade. “Ooooh, look at me! I watch a cartoon show meant for girls! I’m so ironic! You watch it too? Welcome to the herd! Brohoof!”
*deep sigh* (Okay girls, I’m talking to the guys here.)
Look, I feel the need to inform that this is not new grounds that’s being broken… This isn’t even re-paving an old road. Guys have been watching cartoons meant for girls for years. Back In the 80’s when I was a kid, we watched stuff like ‘She-Ra’ and ‘Jem and the Holograms’. In the 90’s, boys watched Sailor Moon and Powerpuff Girls. But we didn’t go around broadcasting it, and it wasn’t out of fear of ridicule. But out of the simple fact that we ALL watched them. No boy was ashamed to admit it, because we all knew we did. We just didn’t CARE. It’s like Rescue Rangers… We all thought Gadget was hot, but we just didn’t talk about it, because, golly, it was an unspoken truth. We were more afraid that our friends would find out that we liked a lame show more than we were if they found out we liked a girl’s show. As a kid, I was more scared someone would find out I liked ‘Silverhawks’ or ‘C.O.P.S.’ more than I was with She-Ra. Even though I’m in my 30s now, I still hold a bit of humiliation that I seen every episode of Smurfs, including the time travel season… But no one I know holds any embarrassment and ever did for ‘Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs’.
Now no one’s saying you shouldn’t have pride in a show you like. You want to like the ponies? That’s cool and you should. It’s a good show, and it’s deserving of it’s priase. (I mean, it’s not like I’ve ever been all that quiet about my love of shape-shifting robots, right?) It’s always been okay to like girls cartoons. Just like it’s always been okay for girls to like boy shows and toys. Thundercats was meant for boys, but a lot of girls watched it. Hell, it’s even okay to like a show meant for little kids. I’m rather fond of the Little Einsteins. But my question I need to ask the really vocal bronies is this: Are you just trying to be shockingly ironic? Or are you trying to spread the word about how good of a show it is?
If it’s the former, then you’re about as cutting edge as Hannah Montana.
If it’s the latter, then be a fan… But have dignity and remember moderation. Because when you’re really obnoxious, you end up looking like crazed fanboys, and you run the risk of ‘hype backlash’ where someone hears about it so much, that you actually do the exact opposite of what you were trying to do. If it’s truly any good, and if they respect your opinion, a little will go a long way.
Otherwise, you’re just being a dink.