On Tuesday, the Jerry Springer show tweeted "Are you a brony and your lover objects?" This means they want to do a show on Bronies, the adult fans of the Hub network's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It shouldn't be a big deal, and I'm sure they'll treat the Bronies with the upmost dignity.
"So you like to bang out on baby cartoon horse butts? Tell me more about that."
But the Bronies aren't going to fall for it. They've sent out a warning, letting other Bronies know to avoid media appearances like this, writing in the Steam group Emergency Broadcast System that aren't trying to give positive exposure to fans of My Little Pony. They're trying to mock us."
You don't say?
And we know why Jerry Springer's interested—there's a weird sexual aspect to the Bronies. But come on, what even is weird anymore? Everyone's got their stuff. For instance, I'm into girls with big noses. I have a friend who can't date brunettes. I don't know, he just doesn't find them attractive! So what reason do we have to judge Bronies for being in to cartoon horse butts?
Right. The reason is ALL THE REASONS.
But beyond this weird sexual element, the reason Bronies are so ridiculed is because so many of them define themselves as Bronies. And that's why the bronies needed to warn each other—the group seems to feel like they need "positive exposure". Ultimately, Bronies don't need positive exposure any more than guys who play Mega Man 2 need positive exposure—it's only one aspect of your life and attacks on it are not attacks on you. We can't let ourselves be defined by any one thing, be it My Little Pony or Mad Men, archery or breakfast cereal, italian cooking or frisbee golf.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't make your thing frisbee golf.
Would you go on Jerry Springer to talk about the weird stuff you're into? Let me know on twitter @mikeyfromsu or in the comments below!
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