One of the things on UG that people would think should piss me off but it actually amuses me are MLP haters, especially the ones who are legitimate haters that truly think they are in the right by hating the show. It's been unofficially the case on UG that i am the primary defender of MLP by popular demand, especially among the haters of MLP themselves.
This blog has been made for convenience's sake so i don't have to repeat myself over and over.
Several people have asked me about the show and why i enjoy it.
Well, if one really wants to know, i enjoy it because the characters are surprisingly complex for what is supposed to be a kid's show, the animation is amazing, the show caters for fans of my age, the references are good, the writers of the show follow closely to what fans of the show want, the fandom makes some amazing content (and i mean amazing), the show is adorable and finally it just leaves you feeling a little bit happier about yourself inside. I think those are perfectly good reasons to watch the show.
The fandom community is largely a very friendly one too, unlike many, many fandoms that I've come across back in the day. The UGFiM thread is home to just a tiny corner of said community.
A lot of haters have accused me and other 'bronies' on UG alike for being "pedophilic", "zoophilic", "immature", "girly", "repressed manchildren", "neckbearded hipsters" (lulwut) and how "the show is nothing more than an excuse to shift the toys in Hasbro's stockroom" among many others.
This blog is going to disprove all of this.
"the show is nothing more than an excuse to shift the toys in Hasbro's stockroom"
This is bullshit; that isn't the point of this generation of MLP. I cover this in the OP of the FiM thread.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP:FiM) is the 4th generation (G4) of My Little Pony (owned by Hasbro) TV show that began in late 2010, with FiM being written by Lauren Faust; who also wrote the Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Imaginary Friends, among several others.
This show is NOT to be confused with the first 3 generations of MLP from the 80's and 90's, which by comparison are bastardized monstrosities made to blatantly advertise Hasbro's toys and nothing more. With G4, Lauren Faust wanted to make a show that was not only entertaining for its young target audince, but their parents, too.
Of course, a lot of haters still exist because of ignorance, even the writers of the G4 show predicted ridicule. But hopefully whoever is reading this that isn't familiar with what this pony business is all about, will at least give it a chance. There is nothing shameful about liking MLP as it's a legitimately good show.
Originally Posted by Lauren Faust
"When I took the job, I braced myself for criticism, expecting many people — without even watching the show — to instantly label it girly, stupid, cheap, for babies or an evil corporate commercial. I encourage skeptics like this to watch Friendship Is Magic with an open mind. If I'm doing my job right, I think you'll be surprised."
"Pedophiles and Zoophiles"
This one is also bullshit. When you have a fandom as large as this, you're inevitably going to get members of the fandom that want to sexualize the show. This is true for any fandom, to the point in which there has been a couple of unofficial urban rules of the internet which define that such a group exists in any fandom.
Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn for it.
Rule 35: If no porn exists for it, porn will inevitably be made.
The point is that there is porn everywhere, especially in the media. You can't call out that bronies are pedophiles and zoophiles because it isn't a fair generalization. There is pornography in every kind of media on the internet, even if you don't want to think that there is. So deal with it. The only reason why it gets so much media press is because the media are exclusionary assholes, what else is new?
"Immature and Girly"
This is not only bullshit, it's also often hypocritical. Most people watched cartoons back when they were young, many of which you would look back on and call them "Girly". The fact of the matter is that you have probably watched girly cartoons and enjoyed them as a kid, especially if you grew up in the 90's. The Powerpuff Girls was a massively popular cartoon on CN and nobody made a fuss about it being girly. How is liking MLP objectively any different?
You even see people (UG regulars included) who parade that they love Powerpuff Girls and they get no hate at all, then you see people my age who watch Spongebob all the time and also, parade that they do.
Some argue that because they watched PPG and Spongebob when they were growing up, that makes it socially acceptable.
Bullshit. By that logic i could be a 40 year old man and parade that i enjoy watching Barney and nobody would see that as being apparently strange because i can say, "I watched that shit when i was 3 years old!" and everybody would shrug their shoulders and be none the wiser. The reality is that it doesn't matter how old you are, you're still watching a kid's cartoon, not that there is anything wrong with doing that.
MLP is actually a nostalgic show anyway; the show overall has a very similar feel to PPG, partly because Lauren Faust, the mastermind behind 4th gen MLP, also wrote PPG back in the day. So in a way, it is nostalgic because the show is very similar to PPG.
Also relevant: The concept of boys liking dolls comes hand in hand with boys liking 'girly' cartoons in terms of this video in my opinion.
Stupid stereotype. I cannot speak for all those who watch the show, but i don't watch this show for the purpose of being a 'hipster'. If i really wanted to be a 'hipster', i wouldn't watch this show in the first place because it's far too popular to be 'hip' these days anyway. A lot of the reason why people try to be 'hip' is to try to show charm, individualism and 'intelligence', but they end up coming off as obnoxious, pretentious, pseudo intellectual idiots. I don't think people who make the comment of me being a 'hipster' aren't being too serious in this assumption so i will go no further.
Those people who think they are legitimate in hating the show are antiquated, ignorant hypocrites that need to grow up, and that is saying something coming from me. Nobody is forcing you into watching this show and even if you have watched it, that's fine, but just because you don't like the show doesn't give you the right to tell people to hate it.
Apologies for the seriousness of this blog, but for those morons who take the hatred of bronies seriously, taking them on with the same stance is the only way they'll listen.