Recently, when we talked about our favorite Saturday morning cartoons, the topic of bronies came up. What are bronies? Bronies are teen/adult male fans of My Little Pony, or MLP (and now I’m hearing Will Smith’s MIB…thank you very much). You know, bro + pony = brony.
And, then, a little light bulb went off…hey, my son is a brony too. Okay, he’s only six, so maybe it doesn’t really count. But he does love the MLPs.
And it’s one of the things (along with Avatar: The Last Airbender and Zelda: Twilight Princess) that he can really enjoy with his older sister. Often, they’ll get out my old MLPs and theirs and create epic pony adventures across the living room and up the stairs. Many a time have I heard shouts of “Unleash the Ponies of Doom!” “Ponies Unite!” and “Ponies, we ride at dawn to save the Princess!” I may have even heard, “Run! The zombie ponies are coming!” a time or two (which is all the fault of Plants v Zombies, of course).
I love that my son loves MLPs and that both my children can enjoy them together. There are no cries of “That’s girls’ stuff!” (as if girl is a dirty word) or “You can’t play; you’re a boy.” For the moment, at least, neither one of them cares that some folk might cringe at the thought boys playing with girls’ toys and vice versa.
Who, in this house, is going to think twice about such gender-biased silliness? Certainly not their dad and me. Growing up, I was just as likely to play Indiana Jones as Princess and my hubby has shown himself more than willing to play ballet, Barbie, monsters or golf with the kiddos.
Apparantly, though, some controversy rages over whether it’s appropriate for men to enjoy a show aimed at little girls. Rebecca Angel at Wired defends bronies, discussing the arguments for and against enjoying the show as an adult, especially a male adult. I don’t really have any thoughts on the subject of adult fans of the show other than, “Check out the show before you decide that it’s too little-kiddish.”
What do you think? Is it appropriate for teens/adults, especially guys, to like a show such as My Little Pony? Is it just too silly of a fandom or does My Little Pony have something timeless to offer? Got any favorite MLP customizations or fan sites?
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