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Trend Watch: The Rise of the Bronies

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Watch out Adrian Zmed, your post-1980s nostalgia time to shine must be right around the corner if we’re all freaking out about these guys again!

I am of course talking about the new version of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”, which has developed a strong following among a small subset of adult men who call themselves diaper fetishists Bronies. Gawker is going wild for this story, and Bill Clinton even discussed it on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Clearly these ponies are hot: glue factory smelter hot!

My objection here isn’t so much to the lazy reboot of a 1980s TV show, but rather the fact that the media loves to discuss these quirky Bronies and blithely ignore how upsetting this cultural subset is. I mean, there are plenty of pseudo-ironic pop-culture subcultures (anyone wanna join my Kardashian’s-as-Game-of-Thrones fan fiction club??), but they usually don’t take this much effort, nor do they make those involved seem like pedophiles.

If we must cover this trend, is there any way we could discuss this show without its unsettling, 40-year-old, mother’s-basement dwelling fans? Mitt Romney’s handlers telling him to mention bronies will not win him any votes, as there are laws keeping sex offenders from voting.


Written by Your Benevolent Editor

January 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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