‘Bronies’ (Adult Men Who Love ‘My Little Pony’) Are Real Things
Everybody needs a hobby, right?
There's a group of men out there, adult men, with careers and such, who love them some "My Little Pony". Ever since the resurgence of the cartoon on The Hub, adult men have developed a strange fascination with the show, creating their own website dedicated to the show, Facebook Page (with over 5000 fans), and even having meet ups like BroNYCon.
Now, it's not just the guys, there is a small niche of adult female fans as well, who call themselves fillies or Pegasisters.
Of course, this is not what Hasboro intended when they brought ponies back to TV. No, it was intended for "the three- to six-year-old girl and her mom, who has fond memories of 'My Little Pony' from her childhood." Which makes sense. I could see myself watching it, I mean, I loved My Little Pony when I was a kid. But, 16-25 year old men? I'm a little baffled by that one.
Now, most people, when reading about them, assume that the majority of the bronies are homesexual men, but that's actually not the case. Turns out that the overwhelming majority of them are straight, and say that their hobby has nothing to do with their sexuality or gender.
These fanboys have even gone as far as to write comics dedicated to their favorite characters. Also, they're kind of peeved with Hasbro, because they feel like the toys that they produce are chintzy and not show accurate. For instance, in the show, Princess Celestia (one of the characters, obviously) is sparkly white. The toy named after her that Hasboro produces is pink. So, these guys actually make their own ponies and sell and trade them back and forth.
Check out this commercial for "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". Doesn't really seem like it's being marketed to kids, does it?