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Asked by Anonymous
Look, I disagree with this sentiment. Because “Brony” here just means fan-of-the-show-with-personality-I-don’t-like.
It’s ok not to like or even despise a certain type of person, but your definition of Brony is simply incorrect.
There was a time when I didn’t call myself a brony. I preferred the term “fan of mlp”. To me, “Brony” meant your identity was based around the show, which is certainly true of a lot of people, what with the OCs and fanfics and general pony-mania. Since my identity wasn’t based on the show, I wasn’t a Brony.
I still sorta hold this position but I’ve eased up on it. “Brony”, like “Trekkie” or “Whovian”, just means you are involved with the fandom (which of course I am). I think all these fan-terms are dorky as hell, but whatever.
I really don’t like this trend where “Brony” means “misogynistic fan of MLP.” I just don’t like it. Maybe there’s a practical linguistic purpose for it, but I also think it’s unfair to people who are obsessed with show but aren’t bad people. A lot of bronies are very nice. If someone with a pony URL and Avatar follows my blog I’m not going to presume they’re sexist- or even male.
To be honest I consider the term “brony” to be a better and less off-putting term than anyone calling themselves a Whovian or Trekkie because Brony does and always will remind me of the early days of the fandom, and the way the word was invented sort of tongue-in-cheek.
It’s an inherently silly word - the idea of the hypermasculine “bro” mixed in with being a fan of MLP was supposed to be a joke, and it’s still funny to me. It felt good-natured, and self-deprecating. It implied that the fandom, when it was starting out, didn’t take itself very seriously.
Of course there are new people in the fandom, a lot of them take themselves seriously - probably most of the original people from 4chan who thought of the word have totally jumped ship. But it makes me sad when people reject the word or try to think of their own word for meeting literally every qualification of being a brony. Especially if their reasoning is “brony” sound dorky because, of course! If you want to publicly like My Little Pony and won’t admit you’re a dork then just, shame on you. I want to be a brony, I think it’s funny.