I felt like writing a second part to my discussion on why I like My Little Pony, and why the fandom isn’t really about “guys who like a children’s show”.
The Brony fandom has been involved in a number of major humanitarian efforts, spreading the idea that friendship goes beyond the people you know. For example, I invite you to check out these Brony charity sites:
Bronies for Good & Seeds of Kindness – A charity organized to build a free clinic in Uganda. It has already extended to Phase 2, the construction of a totally green village in Burundi, to house homeless children. This campaign has also been successful. Visit their site: http://broniesforgood.org/seeds-of-kindness-2/
The Brony Thank You Fund – An organization that collects and distributes donations to various charities, many of them involving the housing and protection of children. Visit their site here: http://www.bronythankyoufund.org/
Lauren Faust Charity Auction – Lauren Faust, the creator of the show MLP:FiM, along with the artists of the Brony fandom, raise money for indigent families in need. Visit her site here: http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/journal/UPDATE-THANK-YOU-294012990
The Davulous Ride for Cystic Fibrosis – Just as the title states, Bronies engaged in a cycle tour, raising money to battle cystic fibrosis. Visit their site here: https://www.facebook.com/davulousride
The real world is far more cynical than the mythical land of Equestria, that is for certain. It is there where the claims that enjoyment of this show being a sign of a lack in maturity exist. I have no problems saying that I was an adult long before I had reached adulthood. I enjoy the freedom of the imagination. There are plenty of every day horrors in the world to take away joy, love, and hope. I choose to step past them and embrace something better. Many others wish to do the same. We just happen to be Bronies. Don’t make the mistake of judging us by appearances.
What you consider frivolous and for girls we take seriously, because the message is worth spreading. As I have said numerous times before, the show isn’t just for little girls. I have said this, the writers have said this, the creator of the series itself has said this, the bankers, lawyers, doctors, firefighters, police officers, teachers, bodybuilders, wrestlers, and other professionals have said this. They, like me, are Bronies, too. They have families, they have careers, husbands, wives, children, and they love My Little Pony.
Judge them by the content of their character, not by their enjoyment of a cartoon that inspires them to be more and to do more. Inspiration comes from the most unlikeliest of places. Hope, love, charity, kindness, these things are good in and of themselves. We celebrate them by friendship, and even that aside, we watch the show because we enjoy it, because it is smartly written and made to be enjoyed by everyone who wishes to let go of cynicism and accept that sometimes good things do happen merely for the sake of being good things. That isn’t a maturity issue, it’s a wisdom issue, and there is great wisdom in accepting the opportunity for new experiences, even if there are some who can’t see past the gender stereotypes. Being jaded and cynical is not a solution. If you cannot understand that, I cannot help you. Until you realize that watching and enjoying something different from the mainstream does not make me more or less of a person, or a man in this case, I cannot help you. If you truly define your masculinity by what other people think about you, if you modify your values based on what people say you should do, if you gauge your acceptance of others based on how you think they should behave, then I cannot help you understand.
There are those that speak of maturity through perception. I show you maturity in action.
With that said, I have no problem simply saying that all of the wonderful community endeavors aside, all of the hard work aside, all of the wonderful messages aside, I enjoy the show because I like smart humor, silly slapstick, and candy colored, sentient ponies.
Although I do have to say, that I find it a shame that people put upon others to explain why they like something that harms no one, and why such people have to be considered deviants for being different. Maybe someday people just won’t mind, and we can all be ourselves without casting aspersions upon one another. I hope for that day.
Until next time,