Archive for October 16, 2011

Brony Community: No Uggos, Please

Equestria Daily just released a PSA about a planned brony documentary:

The gist of it is that Equestria has politely requested that bronies self-report their ugliness, awkwardness and creepiness and use this information to decide whether they should contact the media.

Needless to say, if bronies make a bad “first impression” on the viewing public, the result could be a PR disaster that could affect all of us. If the first interview subject chosen is awkward, creepy, or even simply unattractive (let’s face it, TV is a visual medium and people are, sadly, judgmental about this kind of thing), people both on and off the Internet will end up mocking us all.

This is generally a fun, kind, light-hearted subculture, filled with people who just like to enjoy themselves. We’re a harmless bunch, and we enjoy doing good both amongst ourselves and for the world at large. That should be the message that we want to get across here. Particularly if they are first exposed to our ranks via an intentionally sensationalistic program such as “My Strange Addiction”, the brony-naïve viewer is going to go into this thinking “Men? Men who like My Little Pony? What, are they gay or something?”– and that’s a best case scenario. Worst-case scenario, they might assume that we are sexually repressed or– even worse– pedophiles. We need to anticipate these misconceptions, and pre-emptively counter them.

Ignoring the fact that the damage to the brony “image” has already been done, surely the need to even ask this of your chosen subculture in the first place is indicative of a much bigger problem. Still, the PSA appears to have had the desired effect on at least one community member:

wackyteen said…
“they might assume that we are sexually repressed or– even worse– pedophiles”
I will forever avoid the media then… <.< This fandom forever changed my life but i have a bad feeling my past would haunt me.

In conclusion: don’t assume that bronies are all sexually repressed creepy pedophiles, because it’s just not true! Only most of them are.

‘Jim, how much shame should these guys feel?’

‘Probably as much as I feel when I do poppers and watch Japanimation videos.’

J, not a D

via Noël Wells