Anyway, what's the deal with My Little Pony? I watched a few episodes of it once, but I don't understand why it's so popular.
It's also kind of mind-boggling that a large portion of the fanbaase consists of 25-year old dudes :/
It's an alright show, I've seen better and I've seen worse. A lot of people take it way too seriously. It's just a tv show, after all. I have no problem with older men liking a kid's show, but the people that take it to extremes can be worrying. There are people who say ponies saved them from suicide, or that ponies mean more to them than their friends and family.. There are even pony fleshlights.
Tust me, there are people like that in every fandom, but I don't know why they're in such large numbers for ponies. Maybe it's because people think it's weird for a grown man to like ponies in the first place, so the number or crazy devotees just seems larger? I dunno. If a 25 year old guy said Spongebob was his favorite show, I'm sure it wouldn't be considered strange to the average person, or at least much less so.
I don't know why this particular show is so incredibly popular and has a huge cult following. Like I said, It's an alright show, I've seen most of the episodes and I'd say that I'm a fan, but I just don't get the scary devotion. Honestly, I like the Pony.MOV series a lot more than the actual show.
"You're born naked, and everything else is drag." dA Last.fm
I'm a 28 year old woman, and I like MLP:FIM. I'll admit I probably wouldn't have started watching it if I didn't have a small child to watch it with, but... it's cute, funny, clever, well-drawn and animated, has lots of weird little "easter eggs" if you watch the background closely, and it's generally got a good message. The characters are strong, opinionated, and good role-models; most people can find one or more of the main ponies they strongly identify with; I see Twilight Sparkle in myself -so much-, though I think Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are cooler.
It's also very... soothing somehow to watch. Something about the bright colours, the songs, the pacing, it's just enjoyable and relaxing. Not too mentally challenging, just pretty, fun, slightly amusing things happening.
I also don't see why gender should factor into it at all, tbh. Gender is more of a construct of society, and being male or female really doesn't have much to do with it... Only a couple of the episodes even deal with things that are traditionally "gendered" - there's one episode where Rarity's making dresses and having difficulty with it (but, then a lot of fashion designers are male), and another where Fluttershy becomes a fashion model and Rarity's jealous (see above re: fashion design, and there's male models too). The rest are generally about friendship, pride, helping each other, learning how to deal with your own limitations, dealing with challenges, etc., which are pretty universal concepts. My kid is a 3.5 year old boy, and I'm very glad he doesn't go, "Bah, this is for girls," when we watch together.
it's cute, funny, clever, well-drawn and animated, has lots of weird little "easter eggs" if you watch the background closely, and it's generally got a good message.
I totally agree with you. I love MLP:FiM.
Earlier today I saw the episode where Spike feels embarrassed because he likes ponies, tea parties and cute stuff instead of being a badass like the other dragons. Eventually he understands that being yourself is the key to happiness, and it's ok to do what you like.
I think that was a very strong message to send out to people who are struggling to find themselves (I think about gay teens but this probably applies to other categories as well).
It's not wrong to say that the world would be a much kinder place if everyone watched that show!
Also, Pinkie Pie (HystericalParoxysm's avatar) is beyond hilarious. Like, for real.
Sorry for the OT, I just felt like I should support HP
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