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Brony Advice is both an active collaboration with artists and an advice column, in the simplest of terms: I want you to send me notes if you have any problems, secrets or comments on the pony fandom of any nature. It doesn't matter how embarrassing, offensive or vicious they might be - if you want someone to comment on them in an unbiased way, send them over. Maybe there's something within the fandom that you particularly despise, or perhaps you're feeling sad and need to hear some friendly advice? Whatever the motive, send me a note with your comment or question.

I'll then respond with advice and commentary and post the answers up in future installments. Users will remain anonymous, so you don't need to worry about your feelings and thoughts getting out onto DeviantArt. You may find that some of the things that you've personally been feeling will be addressed.

Feel free to note me if you would like your questions and observations to be answered in an upcoming edition. Every edition will be engaging with three issues. The above three featured today were submitted by anonymous deviants.

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OrionInspiration Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel kind of sorry for whoever asked the last question... How can someone think a character can actually love you? 
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nepeta9292 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Filmographer
omg i am in love with this brony advice stuff just read a lot of em gonna read previous ones now 
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Good to hear :')
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Caninehuntermk3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
How do I prevent my self from being attracted to my little horses
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MasterTDrakkhen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a brony? Yes, the prospect of succumbing to an extremely negative stereotype would seem discomforting. However, I always believe that there is a point for everything and everyone on a long and varying spectrum of relevance, where you have to stop taking things seriously. I cannot tell you how to facilitate your sexuality. Nor do I feel I can advocate either direction you may take. All I can offer is to say to not be afraid.

Remember to employ discretion, and at the same time be sincere. Once again, do not be afraid of yourself.
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SolarSpark Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I know its an old post, but I wanted to share my thoughts :P)

#128 - I cannot understand why any parent would allow a 7-year old to use the Internet unsupervised. Maybe it is a thing for the new generation of parents?

#129 - I like this answer - it covers the fandom quite well. The fandom seems to be a very emotionally charged one. People feel passionate about their common interest in MLP. Unfortunately, few people know how control their emotions, or how to express them.

It really is true: Some people have begun taking it all too seriously. To me, the message I took from the show has had much greater, longer-lasting impact on me than the animation or the even the fandom itself. Perhaps some fans have just forgotten the message of the show? Perhaps they've stopped reflecting on what they learned from it?

#130 - To me seems a bit harsh to say "Give up on this ridiculous fantasy and start living in the real world." To me, from the question, it sounds like a crush. Crushes on characters or celebrities is perfectly normal and a healthy part of human development, provided they don't interfere with one's school/work/family responsibilities. Fantasy crushes help people develop by allowing them to reflect on what characteristics one would look for in a real relationship. Impossible crushes (with celebrities or characters) may feel "safer" since there is, unconsciously, no fear of rejection. Hence, these crushes can last longer than normal crushes. Though I do agree that it is nonetheless important that the person asking the question understands that it is a fantasy, and know they will eventually need to face a real relationship, along with all the risks it involves.
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windslicer1000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Where can I get one of those Fluttershy cut-outs? It's not for me, it's for a friend's friend's distant cousin.
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AidanInferno Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a creative and moderate brony, sometimes i feel alienated from the brony fandom due to all of the excessive activity they're doing and of course the dividing of the whole fandom. With the argument of alicorn Twilight, it doesn't bug me that much from my viewpoint. Half of me accepts it but the half doesn't since Twilight's a unicorn and should stay as one but I can see where Hasbro is going with the idea. It is pretty tough for me to stick out of the crowd but nevertheless, I'll always be a brony but not the extreme kind of brony that does all of that crazy stuff. Many thanks for posting this
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You seemed angry with the last question.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
#128 More evidence on the growing pile that shows that we need some sort of a "brigade," for lack of a better term, of people to look out for this sort of thing.

I've been an out-spoken opponent of R34 art in the brony community. I realize that it'll never go away of course, but the fact remains that there are kids looking up My Little Pony videos because they love the show and possibly know that fans produce their own materials for it. Picture Perfect Pony, Ponylicious, Epic Wub Time, etc. are all highly-rated videos that are high on the list of videos YT shows in a search, so it's possible that kids will see them. It's equally possible that they stumble upon the Pony.MOV series, Twilight Sparkle's Special Message, and other videos that shouldn't be seen by kids. They probably won't understand what's going on, and that can cause damage to a kid because it can scare them, especially as they get closer to puberty.

It's hard to verbalize why people feel this way about kids seeing those things (mainly because when it comes to verbalizing something as abstract as feelings my own verbal skills go right out the window), but there is a danger when it comes to kids viewing any sort of porn. They're not ready for that stuff.

As Cudpug said, kids need supervision when they surf the net, as well as a parent who knows how to say no when it comes to clicking links. There is no reason why a kid as young as seven should have unrestricted access to the internet, even for school. There is simply too much porn and other materials that they should never be exposed to until they reach an age where they can handle it.

#129 Cudpug hit the nail right on the head.

I've never really been a part of the fandom myself. I mean, yes I do produce brony art, I watch videos on the internet, I hang out with fellow bronies, and of course I watch the series. Heck I even call myself a brony as a shorthand way of saying I love MLP. But there's a bigger fandom out there that I will never identify with.

Mainly the reason is that they seem so insecure. I used to be that way, so I know the feeling, but that also means that I don't want to be dragged back into that state of mind. So many fans see change as a horrible thing that should be avoided at all costs, especially with this show. That is unfathomable to me, because in my view, change can result in good things, and you can't just stifle it or else things will stagnate.

Another thing that I find irritating with the fans is that they seem to be under the impression that Hasbro makes the show for them. Since when? I do recognize that Derpy and other things were kept or changed because the bronies liked them and the creators wanted to give a tip of the hat, but the things like references to pop culture and the mature humor are there because the creators need to entertain themselves and are given free reign to do so (provided it falls under fair use). They were in the show from the beginning and where what caused many bronies, myself included, to love the show. I also love the humor and the stories, but I've always loved the things that made it into the show such as the physics equations on Twilight's chalkboard, the Big Lebowski ponies, the Star Wars ending to S2E2, and the "Duck Season! Rabbit Season!" sequence parodied in "Putting Your Hoof Down." However, I'm well aware that the creators only put those things in the show because they love them as well and have been given permission from their bosses to include them. I am not under any sort of illusion that they do it for me or my fellow fans (though that's certainly a part of it).

Finally, they have a rather amusing reaction to the realization that Hasbro is out to make money. Since when hasn't this company, or any company for that matter, been out to make money? I remember growing up and seeing Hasbro's Star Wars line in the stores and really loving all the cool toys they made. Anyone besides me remember drooling over the pictures of the Millennium Falcon or the X-wing toys they put on the back of the figure boxes? Those were the days . . . Anyway, there were a lot of toys made by Hasbro that have never been a part of the saga or the "expanded universe." Cruise Missile Stormtroopers, Luke's Desert Skiff, the monopod Cloud Car thingie, etc. Toy after toy after toy that was there because they knew that kids would want one and buy it, thus increasing their revenue. This hasn't changed just because a group of people decided to like something that wasn't intended for them. I haven't really mentioned the reaction specifically, though. Usually it's one of shock and anger. Well that's rather stupid, IMO. People who have that view need to realize that it doesn't matter how pure intentions are, the reality is that businesses, like Hasbro, need to make money to survive and thrive, especially in this economy. Therefore, they'll be manipulating things around in order to do so if they feel the need to. They know better than to tell the creators of MLP's cartoon how to do their job, but there's no reason why they can't tell them to change a certain unicorn in order to sell a toy variant. Heck, I'm sure if they had a Star Wars show to manipulate they would give it a try. Oh wait . . .

#130 Fluttershy isn't a real person. You may know that, but this notion that a cartoon can become a real being if you wish hard enough is absurd. That's not exactly how you worded it, but the idea is the same.

Cartoons exist only in the minds of their creators (which incidentally relates back to what I said about fans' irrational notions about ownership of the series). There is no changing this. If there were, I would be skipping around the Star Wars galaxy with Anakin and Ahsoka on The Clone Wars. But I'm a logical, thinking person. I realize that no matter how real such shows may seem, there is no way I can ever be a part of them. At least until scientists figure out how to harness the multiverse idea.

Anyway, the point is that although Fluttershy and the rest of the Mane Six are very fleshed out and unique characters, they're still just characters. They are a series of shapes that are animated to match the vocalizations of actors who are trying their best to interpret the dialogue written out for them by a group of talented writers.

A much better solution would be to go out and try to meet girls your own age (and species). There are a lot of them out there who are willing to give you a chance and see if you're compatible. And if you fail, get back up and try again.
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Bjarru Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
3. And one more reason Fluttershy fans creep me out...
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
#128: I'm hoping she hasn't listened with focus on that shit, that'd be awful if it makes some impact. I don't really have anything more to add to this. I would just be repeating myself, as I tend to, for these things about topics about "kids see adult content of MLP".

#129: 'Bronies' carries a bad connotation. No one wants to associate with that sort of title when you say "brony" and terrible imagery comes up, more often than not. Though, I wouldn't want that title, even if the face of bronies was really weird fanart like ~applebeans makes.

#130: Oh, shoot, you mentioned this a while back, to me. Looks like you actually addressed this as a thing and as much as I want this to be a joke advice-thing, it's a thing that actually exists. Oh god, it exists.

And hope you had a good Valentine's bro!
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CloudsofCrystal Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I feel bad for that little girl in 128. Although, youtube really isn't a safe place for 7 year olds because of those reasons.
And on the topic of 129, I also agree that the fandom can be embarassing at a lot of points, really. But, really, the fans who don't go overboard make it worth staying in the fandom.
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Rated-R-PonyStar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Even though I'm a Dash fan, I'll admit that I'll take Fluttershy over a H&H partner any day :P
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Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was a little sad that Fighting is Magic got the Cease & Desist order from Hasbro after all that hard work. However, I think it partly Mane6's fault for showing off the game at EVO, a public fighting game tournament where it probably got Hasbro's attention. I would'nt blame them if it was an honest mistake.
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AnkokuFang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually from what I understand, someone else nominated them without permission. Sure, Mane6 probably should have backed out of it as soon as they heard, but if what I heard is true, they didn't ask to be in EVO.
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Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The music was great though.
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AnkokuFang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the music for Fighting Is Magic? indeed it was.
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Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok.
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hpuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As for #128, that's really scary...
I mentioned to you before that I'm someone who's fine to look at explicit MLP work, as long as the quality of the art is high (since that's the part I'm interested in), but I absolutely understand that there are not only other fans who don't want to see that sort of thing... but children!

It's a childrens' show, children use the internet now! If a simple search on google gives them adult results, something's wrong!
>.< Adult material like that should exist in a part of the internet you have to go through some kind of password-protected portal to get to. At least on DA and FA (the latter in particular, having a lot of explicit work) won't show you the explicit stuff unless you login with 'view mature work' set to active. But then I still find not only under-18s but under-13s viewing adult work on those sites...

Most websites require you to be over 13 for a reason... I think under 13 year olds should be monitored while using the internet, or restricted to safe sites made for kids (like Moshi Monsters and Neopets). That and adult content should be hidden away a little better.
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AnkokuFang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you forget that a google image search of any show will land you porn of that show. Kinda annoying, really, especially if you're a kid trying to do a report on said show using a school computer.
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hpuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately Google Images has been that for well over the 10 years I've been using the internet...
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AnkokuFang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed. you think they'd fix that...
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Weregaruru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just a passer by who read's things like this. And I'm quite interested nad happy on the fine print here about Brony fandom. Do you do other documentaries on other Fandoms?

And something more on topic... what would be nice, from a separate server base as big as the internet, that logs the IP's of families from where and information among who is adult or still a child.

If a adult logs his/her child into the internet, this database simply prevents any form of mature content from being exposed to the child. It would be a neat feature and need a better indepth discussion on.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I would agree with you there, although it's very hard to stop people from lying about their ages. On DA you occasionally see people who are under 13 and have lied about their age just to get onto the site. I'm sure the same is the case for FA.
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hpuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It is, but that's where I feel it's the parents job to stop them...
When I was under 13 my parents made accounts for me online on sites I wanted to be on, so they checked the site first and made sure I was safe.
It worries me that so many parents just don't understand (or worse yet, don't care) is dangerous for children...
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Maybe it's normal for kids nowadays to be on the internet? I can't account for that and I don't agree with it if it is the case.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
It really saddens me to see this many people saying they want to leave the fandom, that stuff changed, etc etc. I think something like this can only really get to you if you let it. Sure there are some things that are downright embarrassing done by some bronies, but I think that going out of my way and complaining about them won't help anything when their whining could just as well be ignored. Sure there's a lot of mature themed art, but what do I even care if I'm not interested in it? People like different things, and that's the end of the story, if we argue over every single it becomes easy to lose track of what made the fandom awesome in the first place, and all the amazing content that still gets produced..

How can I get Fluttershy to be my marefriend on Valentine's Day?
Have all the internets for being able to take this question seriously.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you mention about the stuff changes, well, I can tell that alicorn Twilight is one thing, it's also sad that Derpy was gone for good with no trace and of reason why they didn't tell us except for that Reddit post I read. :( That Reddit point I read show Hasbro's cowardice to deal with Derpy haters, I've seen much worse and yet they can't deal with them. :no: Unless if there's some sort of organization tells them to remove her or FCC issue an angry letter then we'll understand. Even if the letter was issued, Hasbro has the right to defend and including bring up other derped characters in the past such as Patrick Star, Ed & Goofy.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Well, this is a late response, but I think the finale said what needed to be said by itself. Alicorn Twilight turned out to be pretty great, if a bit of a stretch in the story and we got no fewer than FIVE Derpy appearances. Thanks *Sibsy and M.A. Larson! :)
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I am glad that Derpy finally returned. :) I don't understand why she doesn't want to appear in the previous episodes in the first place. Having her around in the background is kind of fun though.

As for Princess Twilight, I have nothing against her, but one thing I fear in the future is how will she handle her life later, stay in Ponyville with her friends or rule in Canterlot where her friends are no longer with her while Shining Armor is already in the Crystal Kingdom.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Well, I suspected these episodes were developed during Derpygate so perhaps her future was uncertain at the time and they decided to play it safe and leave her out...I wouldn't know, just speculating here.

And for your second point, we did get a hint that this is just 1/3 parts of this whole story, we'll just have to wait and see what happens in season 4. I still think we might not end up with a permanent change.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I were the crew, I wouldn't be afraid of voicing her again, they already knew that angering bronies is far more dangerous than just a measly few parents and haters. So far, there wasn't any organization yet alone FCC sent a C&D letter to the crew to throw out Derpy. So it should be ok, which I hope they don't hide themselves like cowards and try again.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not a fear of parents so much as it is Amy Keating Rogers being offended at the idea that the word "Derpy" means a mentally retarded person. She has a mentally challenged son named Soren (Soarin), and she couldn't take the knowledge that she had unwittingly taken part of what was viewed by some as a negative portrayal of a mentally challenged person. Whether or not Derpy is mentally retarded (I see her more as an adult child who happens to be clumsy), the fact remains that she saw Derpy this way and had her changed. Regardless of your own feelings toward Derpy, it's hard to criticize someone for trying to correct a social stigma towards any group of people, especially if that person has a son who is stigmatized.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I prefer the whole idea of clumsy, but if we want to portray someone who is mentally retarded, that will be Screwball, which she is not a big mascot like Derpy and moreover, we didn't ask for Screwball to play and also it's going to cause a bigger crisis than Derpy if she voices or plays a role.

Well, it is pretty sad to hear. But honestly, Derpy's official voice sounded like already a mother while the Youtube version makes her sounds younger. :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You raise a solid point. I think in many instances people go looking for drama because a lot of people love gossip and getting involved in controversial topics.

Oh, and I didn't take the question seriously for one second, despite my answer ;P
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Well, you took it seriously enough to answer it. :) (even though you did answer some even more outlandish ones in the past)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I answer pretty much everything sent my way, within reason ;P
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hpuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Question 130 was fine until "I think characters from cartoons can love you if you care about them
enough." ?!
It's fine to love a cartoon character, as long as you realise and accept that they aren't real, and that you are enjoying a powerful emotion through a fantasy. There's nothing wrong with that...
But if you say that you want them to love you back? The answer is 'tough'.
If you insist that they can, or do love you back... :/ well you've crossed the crazy line.

This is where I draw parallels between the Brony fandom and the Japanese Mo fandom.
Mo is about female characters who are innocent and submissive. Who are never seen to be engaging in romance (because that would make them unpure), and who make innocent mistakes. Fluttershy is very much, what I would call, a mo character.
While the mo fandom is about non-sexualised characters (that the character is pressumably a virgin), the fans themselves fall helplessly in love with their 'perfect fantasy girlfriend', and begin to fantasize about them. This is where the adult fan-comics and fan-fictions are made, and bought up like hotcakes.

For both Bronies and Mo, I do think it's fine to have a character you fall head over heals for, but it sincerely worries me when someone refuses to accept that they are fictional. Love them like idols, but remember that they will never be yours, and will never love you back. Maybe you'll one day meet a real person who will represent the values you loved about that character.

I feel a little sad that people want to just call this person crazy. They're crazy for thinking cartoons can love you back, but I think they're just deluding themselves with hope. They aren't crazy for falling in love with a fictional character who represents the values they seek in the 'perfect spouse'.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I would encourage them to observe the qualities they like in a character and try and find another human being who demonstrates those qualities.
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hpuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I would discourage anyone from trying to 'find' someone to be in a relationship with ;)
I think it's healthier to love an idol until the right person comes along than to move from relationship to relationship searching and clinging to people who you think have the right qualities.
But it's definitely unhealthy to give up on human relationships altogether and believe the fictional character would love you back ^^;
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Well, yes - actively looking for love isn't always a good idea ;P
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its kind of funny, I really do like MLP and think its one of the best kids shows out there but the fandom alienated me. While I don't think I have a right to tell people not to draw porn of MLP or write clop fics they've always made me very uncomfortable. That and some of the random instances of misogyny I've heard about at bronie oriented cons were a bit unnerving. (Really hoping those were just a rumor.) But I would still 'lurk' on 'My little brony' and enjoy the memes and fan made content there.

Now... not so much. The fun had not been doubled by the bronies lately for me, it has been halved at best. All the stink over Alicorn Twilight (good grief it hasn't even aired yet!) and Hasbro's C&D on Fighting is Magic have really put me off. Guys, you love the show and that's great. But its not yours. The Mane6 are not yours, and while it sucks that Hasbro didn't write their C&D until Fighting is Magic was so far along in development its fully within their right to do so.

Ugh. Anyhow sorry for the rant.

In regards to the first question here, I'm not sure letting a 7 year old on the web unsupervised is a good idea. Many parents i'm acquainted with won't allow it at that age, and its a parenting decision that makes sense to me.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah by the way, our fandom don't make a single cent out of it, we just did this all for fun! How can I forget when the Downfall Hitler parodies were all over in Youtube, today, Constantine (Downfall's producer) is still trying to find ways to censor Youtube and to ensure it cannot use the Downfall clips again. Business is business? Well guess what! Screw & f**k business! Everybody all are only doing this for fun with no money involve! I can smell corruption in the minds of business people!
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why in the whole Fighting is Magic has to be taken down, how can I forget that Shards of Equestria was affected too. Because I got the feeling we got a mole lawyer who money so much. The more he defends, the more money he'll gain. But to the brony's minds, they suspect that it's a lawyer looking for greed. OR he loves the company but hates the ponies & its fandom. That lawyer must be taken action and we must make him step down! If that lawyer wants a fight, join in a more heated battle instead, easy, the smartphone market.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I think you're absolutely right to rant about that issue. The fandom, as a whole, needs to stop feeling that it's the most important thing in the world.
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah but its been said. ;;

I guess a more worthwhile rant of sorts would be to ask 'Why is this fandom somehow more special than any other fandom'? You see plenty of fan content, cosplays, and whatnot generated by members of other fandom but not as much the entitlement and over-inflated sense of self importance. Is it just a verbal minority in your opinion?

On a side-note I hadn't noticed the animation on your icon before, its very cute. :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Self-importance is a big part of this fandom. I think there are multiple reasons for it. Firstly, the fandom likes to think that it's breaking some sort of social or gender boundary by watching "Friendship is Magic", which makes them feel as if they're doing something special. Secondly, because of the close relationship between the fandom and the show-makers (voice actresses and writers attending conventions, for example) and the fact that certain allusions have been made to the fandom in the show makes the fandom feel as if they have a degree of control over the property. Thirdly, there exists such a hyperbolic degree of praise towards certain people within the fandom - certain 'musicians' and artists - that they attain something of a 'celebrity' status, which helps for the collective ego to grow. Fourthly, because bronies have a lot of money they have the power to fund things such as documentaries and TV commercials. When they can see a commercial on TV, for example, that they have personally 'created', it increases that sense of self-importance further.

I don't think it's necessarily a vocal minority. I think the fandom in general attempts to project itself as something unique and therefore 'special'.
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
...That is an excellent run down, thank you. If you haven't posted that before please save it. >_<;; (My apologies if you had)

I think you're probably right. ;;
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RainbowThis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize there was any mass movement away from the fandom at all. I know there are lots of concerned and worried fans due to various drama such as the C&D against Mane6's fighting is magic (go sign the petition to have that C&D removed at this [link] if you haven't yet bytheway) but I got the impression that most of us are hanging on to see what the end of the season brings.

Hell, I'm easily one of the most cynical, skeptical members of the fandom, but season 4 has +20 episodes confirmed! Who isn't excited about that!?
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