Quote of the week

“We love ponies, and we’re going to change the world!” Hold your, um, horses, says Gendid at DerpyHoovesNews:

Bronyism is not a movement. This is an insult to those who truly do struggle to change things in the world. A pony fan will not be paid less in the workplace because of liking a children’s cartoon show. A pony fan will not be prevented from marrying because they enjoy a children’s cartoon show. A pony fan will never see war, or create peace, by liking a children’s cartoon show. Lauren Faust may have pushed feminism by creating a children’s show for girls that isn’t terrible, but fans of the show have no right in sharing that claim. Faust and her colleagues put their livelihoods and their reputations on the line by breaking away from the norm in their industry. Their success is theirs alone, paid for in blood, sweat and tears. Pony fans have paid nothing of the sort. They simply watch television.

Which is not at all to say that pony fans don’t do good things: for example, their charitable works are remarkable. But one question has not been, and perhaps will not be, answered: does being a pony fan make you a kind and charitable person — or does being a kind and charitable person make you a pony fan?







4 comments

  1. Tam »

    26 January 2013 · 11:58 am

    Hobbyists and members of fandoms often get a little over-enthused about their particular obsession.

    MLP fandom has a way to go before reaching the deep sociological engine of change that is, say, Doctor Who fandom….

  2. CGHill »

    26 January 2013 · 12:05 pm

    Of course, the Whovians have had one heck of a head start. :)

    But “over-enthused”? Definitely.

  3. fillyjonk »

    26 January 2013 · 2:02 pm

    It’s the extremely over-enthused subgroups that tend to push me away. That, and the tendency for tempests-in-teacups. (N.B. what I refer to as “L’affaire Derpy” of last year.)

    Which raises the realization that not all pony fans are kind and charitable, just as contra Elizabeth Zimmerman, not all knitters are good people.

  4. McGehee »

    26 January 2013 · 2:11 pm

    A pony fan will not be prevented from marrying because they enjoy a children’s cartoon show.

    Playing “Dungeons & Dragons” obsessively, on the other hand…

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