I saw this article last week and, well, it kind of threw me for a loop. It’s about “Bronies” — men who like the My Little Pony cartoons. You know, the one that’s meant for little girls in preschool.
Apparently, a bunch of Bronies attended BronyCon Summer 2012, which was an “all ages, family friendly” convention that drew 4,000 men, women, and children, many of whom were wearing pony-themed costumes in a rainbow of hues.
It would seem that these guys, who are largely in their teens and early 20s, are really into the life lessons taught by the cartoons and there’s nothing creepy about it at all. Rather, they value the friendship and happiness depicted in the magical My Little Pony world. While I’m sure Bronies are all into the My Little Ponies with the truest of intentions, the fact that they’re into it at all is still a bit odd, don’t you think?
As I said, this is a family friendly event, so there are strict rules about costumes, including they must be PG-rated and “costumes that make noise must have volume control.” Go read that link; there are a couple of paragraphs about costume weapons. Ahhhhh… now that’s sounding a bit more like something men would be into.
From reading the convention’s website, it sounds like BronyCon is a total phenom — it grew from 105 people the first year to 4,000 the next, with all sorts of unhappy Bronies turned away once capacity was reached. I can only imagine that you do not want to make a Brony unhappy — an unhappy Brony means a little less sunshine, fewer rainbows, and not enough sparkles in the world.
What can you do at BronyCon? In 2012, there was gaming and concerts and a huge charity auction and “guests of honor” who would sign autographs at designated times. There were all sorts of artists and vendors “just waiting to fill your bag with pony swag.” Convention panel topics included “Ponies: The Anthology, Part 2″ and “Studying the Herd” and “Pony Parliament.” I’m not actually sure what any of those about, but I suspect that if I were a Brony, I’d be fascinated.
I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this amazing gathering. Alas, I missed BronyCon for 2012, but there’s always 2013, if any of you are interested.
So what do you think about all this?