Bronies. Perhaps you know one of them. If you don’t … you will. It’s really only a matter of time. Long story short: Hasbro went back to its once-popular “My Little Pony” line and relaunched it a few years ago as a new cartoon called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Kids liked it. Girls liked it. And before too long, teenage guys and grown men liked it. And thus, the “Brony” was born.
Your friendly neighborhood conservative was challenged to write on the phenomenon, and I accepted. Last night I watched the first two episodes of “MLPFIM.” And yes, I perused Equestria Daily.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an intelligent show. The animation is fantastic. The messages and themes are commendable. The episodes I watched centered around a character named Twilight Sparkle and her friends. Each pony embodied a trait or value that ultimately prevented their home world from becoming shrouded in eternal darkness.
Apple Jack: Honesty. Fluttershy: Kindness. Pinkie Pie: Laughter. Rarity: Generosity. Rainbow Dash: Loyalty.
To me, it isn’t the Brony we should be concerned about, but the culture that produced them. The traditional means of instilling values into young men have broken down so much that they turn to a cartoon geared (generally) for young girls to acquire them. Despite being raised in the moral relativist morass produced by Hollywood, media, and academia, these young men have rejected it. And in that sense, I’m glad.
As I’ve stated before, the Seven Army Values are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The world would be a much better place if teenage boys were taught these values, but they’re not. Modern American culture does not offer much of a moral compass — and it certainly doesn’t encourage young men to look to the U.S. military for one. And so, needing someone to give them direction and meaning, Hasbro has inadvertently stepped in with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Faced between having to watch reruns of Captain Planet (and his brainwashed planeteers) and MLPFIM, I pick the ponies any day of the week. As regular readers know, I’m more of a fan of The Avengers. And Frank Miller. And The Watchmen. And The Dark Knight. But just because I like traditional “masculine” fare, I can’t help but think that only a meat head would go out of his way to mock Bronies without at least doing a little research first.
I look at a Brony and see someone who has, at least on a cursory level, rejected the liberal moral relativist/multi-cultural worldview. Once I can establish that with someone, I know I at least have a shot of dispelling a few conservative stereotypes.
It’s important to not always judge a book by its cover, or a guy by … the title of the television show he watches. Concentrate on changing the culture instead of mocking the individual and you’ll get better results.
Update: Hotair covers BronyCon