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You Know Who Hates Bronies? Little Girl My Little Pony Collectors From the 80′s

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You know else hates bronies? Probably everyone.

Just kidding bronies — your habit is creepily cute. If you’ve missed the latest in My Little Pony news over the past few years, the franchise has been recently revived — and My Little Pony certainly caught on anew in the 2010-and-beyond era, but the latest redux had a strange fan twist.

You see a new crowd of fans, known as “bronies,” began popping up everywhere with the release of Friendship is Magic. (Even former president Bill Clinton was rumored to be a brony.)

The word is a portmanteau of “bro” and “pony,” if you haven’t figured it out, bronies are essentially grown adult men — who were and are head over heels crazy for My Little Pony. If you’re thinking this is an isolated phenomenon (and haven’t Googled “brony” yet to see for yourself), it’s not. There’s even a BronyCon going on this weekend in Seacaucus, New Jersey, where many, many men who consider themselves bronies are going to get together and do God only knows what.

We can only hope that yiffing isn’t on the schedule.

So bronies are a curiosity, to be sure, but not everyone finds the fad endearing — in particular, women who grew up on and never forgot the My Little Pony culture.

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Summer Hayes, 30, is an original female MLP-lover, who has even authored six books on collecting the pastel horses — and Hayes told Collector’s Weekly that bronies really cheese her off:

“It was just so bizarre…Here I’ve been a lifelong Pony fan, and all of a sudden this ‘Friendship Is Magic’ show comes out, and it’s like, what? Where do these people come from and why?”

Why, indeed, Summer. Hayes continues:

“I know a lot of My Little Pony collectors who don’t care for the bronies. They feel that they put so much time and effort into this niche collecting community, and then all of a sudden bronies come out and start getting all this attention. And it’s like, hey, well, what about us? We’ve been here forever, and nobody seemed to care. But now that there are all these guys in their 20s that are crazy about it, it’s suddenly important and it means something.”

However, it’s not too surprising that old fans find bronies to be annoying upstarts — one self-assured brony talked to the mag and said that he was not into original My Little Pony culture, adding that “Friendship is Magic essentially made Ponies ‘cool.’

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7 Responses to “You Know Who Hates Bronies? Little Girl My Little Pony Collectors From the 80′s”

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  2. Carrie Hood

    I can tell you exactly where the animosity comes from if you'd like to know.

    It's the fact most of the G4 MLP:FiM fans completely refuse to accept the fact that without G1 fans and collectors, as well as the other generations of MLP they surely wouldn't even HAVE G4. They believe that the MLP Brand, The Show and Hasbro will ONLY care about them when the fact is all of the above will listen to an adult collecter before a bunch of whiny pre-pubescent boys and teenagers.

    Many won't understand the MLP has a very rich history that has touched generations for the last 30+ years, it isn't just theirs. That is probably why many of the older adult fans become disgusted with these "Band Wagon" fans. To be honest, once the show MLP:FiM is over I except well over half of the current G4 fans to abandon the brand. I'm completely okay with this since that is what is probably the "Bad Element" of the fandom. Only the real fans will remain, that's when we'll find out what effect MLP:FiM has truly had.

    Personally I love G4. More then G1? Not even close but it's My Little Pony, a brand I'll support probably until the day I die. The cartoon is fun and amusing, not targeted simply to "girlie girl" things, the toys are fun and it's My Little Pony.

    A true fan of MLP knows it more then "Love and Tolerate" even though 80% of the current "Brony" community talks out of both sides of their mouths.. if you catch my drift. A true fan of MLP loves all the generations, even the weird "Chibi" G3.5. Why? It's simple, Because they are Ponies.

    I went to BronyCon, I had fun. I'm also Ms. Heyas age and happily married before the insults begin.
    I don't mind the new infusion of blood into the community because once the popularity is over, once Friendship Is Magic has ended and MLP fades until the next re-birth we'll have some new friends chat with during the long dark winters between My Little Pony generations.

  3. Tim Star

    I'm not sure if it's really a majority who refuse to accept that we wouldn't have G4 if not for earlier gens….this has come up on Ponychan quite a few times, and people generally accepted that we couldn't have G4 without it. P+ is full of the kiddies of the fandom…and then AlcoBrony drinking because of the shit that surrounds us there. A board for the older gens has been requested multiple times by multiple people on Ponychan, but board requests are a pretty taboo thing over there regardless of how much sense it would make to have one…

    And people at BronyCon seemed mostly accepting of G1. The entire staff that was out singing even wanted to sing to the seapony song and got sad that it ended up playing after we requested it and they had gone inside.

    Then again I was surrounded by people who liked G1 the whole weekend and come from the chans of this fandom…so my views could be skewed.

  4. Tyler Wilson

    I suppose that it's a little late at this point, but I'm going to comment anyways (even though I hope you've changed your view of "Brony-Culture" by now). I'm going to start by saying I completely respect the previous generations on My Little Pony, even though I don't find them as enjoyable as you guys. Why? first of all, they are beyond my time. MLP:FiM was created by the woman that created some of the cartoons I watched in my childhood, and one of the main voice actresses has been in… well more than I can count! So in a way, its very familiar to me, and appeals to me in ways that most recent shows haven't.

    Personally, its fun to see an enormous fan-base get so much attention. It's not because they're amazing or more special than you guys, but really, they are INSANELY active about the show. Also, we're relatively new, so we really haven't got THAT much attention. The craze will die down soon enough, and some will forget it ever happened, and some (like myself) will keep their pony figures on their shelves next to the rest of their displays for forever.

  5. Tyler Wilson

    I suppose that it's a little late at this point, but I'm going to comment anyways (even though I hope you've changed your view of "Brony-Culture" by now). I'm going to start by saying I completely respect the previous generations on My Little Pony, even though I don't find them as enjoyable as you guys. Why? first of all, they are beyond my time. MLP:FiM was created by the woman that created some of the cartoons I watched in my childhood, and one of the main voice actresses has been in… well more than I can count! So in a way, its very familiar to me, and appeals to me in ways that most recent shows haven't.

    Personally, its fun to see an enormous fan-base get so much attention. It's not because they're amazing or more special than you guys, but really, they are INSANELY active about the show. Also, we're relatively new, so we really haven't got THAT much attention. The craze will die down soon enough, and some will forget it ever happened, and some (like myself) will keep their pony figures on their shelves next to the rest of their displays for forever.