Ponies in pop culture

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

November 29, 2012

When it comes to stereotypes, there are no shortages in the world. Of course, there are some people who are the basis for the allegation, but there are always two sides to the story.

Lately, the fans of the animated show “My Little Pony” – called bronies – have gained media attention because of groups that engage in clopping, or masturbating, to images or clips of the characters. Daniel Tosh and Howard Stern are two of most well known comedians who have spoken up about the group, inciting reactions from fans and non-fans.

“A real brony doesn’t masturbate to the show. Guys who get sexual fantasies about the show want to distort the bronies,” said Sean Temons, a junior who is majoring in theater. “The typical brony philosophy is to love and tolerate those around you. They won’t get in your face.”

The show’s main characters, referred to by fans as the ‘Mane Six’, are varying species of equestrian creatures. Earth ponies live with pegasi and unicorn in a land called Equestria.

“Each week, an episode focuses on select characters and develops them,” said Temons.

The show is currently on its third season and has a reputation for creating characters that are easily for children and adults to relate to.

While interested parties can look online to find the negative aspect of the fandom – which can be said of any fandom – there are sites that focus on the innocent side of it as well.  Content on these sites range from simple screen shots of the show to ‘pony music videos’, which are fan created.

The bronies have turned the show into something more than a series targeted towards children – they’ve turned it into a pop culture phenomenon that is growing larger. There are clothing lines and conventions marketed to the older viewers but it has recently gone one step further. Comics publishing company IDW, who print titles such as “G.I. Joe” and “The Rocketeer”, just released the first issue of a comic book based on  “My Little Pony”.

Fans have said that they enjoy the show because of its well-developed story lines, animations and moral lessons.

“It’s colorful and pretty, but its not all lace and ribbons and pretty, pretty hearts,” said Andy Price, the artist for the “My Little Pony” comic book, during an interview with “USA Today” on November 26. “A child can take away silly humor and fun art and even some lessons. An adult can take away the same, plus the cultural references and the sly witticisms.”



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