Posted by: seanmalstrom | April 16, 2016

Email: Re: My Little Ponies

Master Malstrom,

I wonder how many emails you’re going to get from fans refuting that email? Probably not too many, your blog isn’t really the type of thing the demographic would read. Or maybe I’m wrong and this email is just part of the flood.
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Anyway, as another person who watches the show, I feel like clarifying that guy’s rant.
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There was definitely an influx of “cult-like” lovers of the show and “community” during Seasons 1 & 2, who all to a large extent either left of calmed down (not sure which) by Season 3. These were the people who took “Love & Tolerate” (which was intended to be ironic) and tried very hard to turn it into a real thing, and also the originators of most of the brony stereotypes.
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“The fandom itself has basically died off as well, with only the true hardcore still sticking around, and despite the creed of “love and tolerate” they’re some of the most vile and horrible people on the internet.”
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I don’t think this guy has spent much time on the internet. What this guy is describing right here is called an “internet fandom”. They’re all equally awful. This makes me suspect the guy was one of the people who got caught up in the meta-community(?), or whatever you’d call it, during S1 & S2 and then got disillusioned to just find a normal place left behind when the “cult” people lost their energy to continue.
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As for my opinion of the show itself? The guy’s totally right, it’s objectively not very good. Actually, let me rephrase that: it’s objectively very good for its target audience of children, but obviously lacking compared to even OTHER CARTOONS aimed at a slightly older audience. What it does have going for it (the reason it became so popular, and why I personally watch it) is that it has some nebulous quality to it that makes it very pleasant to watch, kind of like a weekly lower-quality Disney or Pixar movie.
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The easiest way to understand it is to forget that the show is called “My Little Pony” for a moment, just ignore that it’s part of that atrocious franchise. If you think about what it actually is, then it’s a kids cartoon about talking animals getting involved in various hijinks, which is exactly the same description you could give to something like Looney Tunes. It’s easy to imagine an online fanbase of older teens and adults who love Looney Tunes, and the broad demographics of MLP fans is pretty much a mixture of that and anime fans. I find it’s easier to wrap your head around the existence of the fanbase when you think of it in those terms, rather than futility trying to understand how fucking My Little Pony has an adult fanbase.
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…For the record, Looney Tunes is much better.

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OK.

 


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