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#46) What's with the crazy adoration for brony 'celebrities' [people popular within the fandom]? Some of these people are treated as guests at conventions just as much as people working on the show. It pisses me off that the fandom worships certain popular bronies. What do you think of this?

Answer: It's important to remember that brony 'celebrities', as you put it, are just normal people. And, in some respects, yes, certain individuals are seen through rose-tinted glasses. I always find it amusing when fan-musicians, for example, are featured on guest lists for conventions above people such as Daniel Ingram, the guy responsible for most of the songs in the actual show.

Then again, the fandom likes its idols, and there's no point in getting pissed off just because said idols are receiving a great deal of praise. Most of the brony 'celebrities' deserve at least a portion of their fame, and so it seems fair to say that if people are willing to look up to these people, then there's nothing that you can really do to make them think otherwise. It really depends on how into the fandom you are – some people actively embrace the "Friendship is Magic" thing as it exists outside of the show, while others are more interested in the show and those who work on it.

Personally, I find it a lot more interesting to learn about the people who work on the show – the voice actresses, for example – than about a random brony who made a popular podcast, or some sort of song. That said, I don't claim to be an active part of the fandom outside of DA, and so I'm not exactly the target audience for the brony 'celebrities'. Neither are you, apparently.

Rest assured that popular bronies, although popular for a reason, aren't in any way better than you, and, at least in my mind, you shouldn't idolise someone too much. Being a popular brony isn't really something to be all that proud of – congratulations: you're a popular member of a random internet fandom – and neither is it something to concern yourself with all that much. In addition, while some pony artists on DA might be ridiculously popular, you don't have to go far on this very website to find non-pony artists who crush the vast majority of them in terms of skill. It's all relative.

Ultimately, you're right to be sceptical of brony 'celebrities'; as said, they're just regular people, and you shouldn't treat them as anything else. I was in a Livestream once with someone who was told by a moderately popular fanfiction writer that their writing was good – they started screaming with happiness and wouldn't shut up about how happy they were that said popular fanfiction writer had praised them. It was highly unusual to see - being a popular fanfiction writer doesn't even require you to be a good writer, and it's not as if the popular brony was a real author. How odd.

#47) Oh mighty Advice Lord! Hear my cry! I am in dire need of reassurance! It seems that there is a new phase sweeping through both DA and Tumblr involving bashing natural coloured ponies, such as Pinto, Appaloosa and Paint Horses, as well as dappled coats. Apparently these are just a cry for attention as they're not 'in the show', yet I would gladly look at these over 101 similar looking pastel coloured ponies!

What are your views? I hope you remember a little colt named Pipsqueak!

Answer: A phase sweeping through DA and Tumblr hating on a particular type of OC? Sounds like a typical day, with Tumblr especially proving to be the guilty culprit. People getting pissed about the designs of other people's OCs is pretty stupid in the first place. As for bashing ponies based on 'realistic' colours, that's incredibly silly.

While "Friendship is Magic" has its fair share of pastel-coloured ponies, such as Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash, there are also ponies in the show with a more traditional colour scheme. Dr. [W]hooves, for example, has a brown motif going on, and, as you say, let's not forget Pipsqueak. He's a spotty brown and white pony, proving that such colours do exist in Equestria. Therefore, people getting ratty about others having OCs with more traditional colours should think twice before getting pissed off about what is and isn't acceptable.

In general, people should butt out of the business of others altogether when it comes to OCs. It's really fucking pathetic that certain people sit around on Tumblr pointing out OCs that they deem to be 'bad'. It's the equivalent of walking around a city street pointing out people who you think are ugly – the point being that it's just malicious behaviour designed to make others feel bad.

It's not necessarily the colour scheme that even makes an OC look appealing or not. There's a lot more to it than that, and when people say something like, 'all paint horse OCs are shit', it just proves how ignorant they are. They're OCs – people make them because they like them. It doesn't matter what other people think, especially not when it comes to realistic-looking pony characters. Hell, ponies with realistic colours have an appeal all of their own, because they look as if they could exist easily outside of Equestria as much as they can within it.

Ignore the people bitching about realistic-looking OCs; if they hate them that much, they better be careful next time they walk by a field, or else they may get into a rage the next time they see an actual horse.

'Bronies – giving 'elitist' a whole new meaning!'

#48) Why do so many bronies think of Celestia and Luna as goddesses? I don't remember that notion being canon.

Answer: "As Celestia is my witness!"

The above quote lifted from the show sort of suggests a degree of god-power surrounding those characters. In the case of "Friendship is Magic", I don't think that 'princess' and 'god' are mutually exclusive. It's established that Celestia and Luna have powers beyond that of 'normal' characters, and therefore they're probably the closest thing that Equestria has to gods.

Consider that in Greek mythology, for example, the god Helios was in charge of raising the sun; in such mythology, and many others as well, gods were also able to walk among mortals and could even be hurt/killed. Apply that same logic to "Friendship is Magic", and the characters of Luna and Celestia are somewhat close to being gods, in the loosest sense of the word.

'God' does, however, imply 'religion', which doesn't seem to exist in Equestria (which is probably for the best). I think a lot of bronies latch onto the idea of Celestia and Luna being goddesses because of their special powers and authority; it's not difficult, using the above reasoning, to see why, even if it hasn't been officially canonised. I'd refer to them as 'princesses' rather than 'gods' myself, but I suppose it's harmless fun.

That said, while we're on the subject, I do find the 'war' between the Solar Empire and the New Lunar Republic to be a bit cringe-worthy, especially when people bring it up at panels with the voice actresses, who clearly have no idea what people are talking about. That is, also, probably for the best.
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trask482 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
im a brony and people make fun of me what should i do N
eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How can your question be put on there?
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
You note it to me.
BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#46 is there are people who are really special, like take the crew from Equestria Daily. Or make it a simpler one, the powerful and skillful illustrators from DA itself and so are famous plushmakers, they are really high profile and it mostly have to begin from somewhere. Even if you become as one, it's not a walk in the park, like those celebrities in Hollywood, they may feel famous including fans go crazy on them, but in their work, it's a pretty stressful environment. The brony side don't have that much but it still have that kind of stress if you want to maintain your celebrity status. But take a look at reality a bit, I'm pretty sure Seth also have other jobs to do, it's not like somebody dedicated his entire working life to work for being a webmaster for MLP, because the question is pure and simple, how much is the salary will you gain? In summary, being a celebrity has its pros and cons, to me, I just want to have fun while I got a real life job to work at.

#48, the Helios example is obvious. Moreover, even Disney's Hercules is another. But one thing have to take note is Celestia's defeat by Chrysalis, people thinks gods are invincible, but it's not always the case, like Jesus, he has miraculous powers in His hands but He's only flesh & blood when on Earth. Ok, let's get to another, Cadence, she got powers of her own, but one big difference we can see is the mane, hers is not magical and wavy, so we don't say much about her.
PMurphy90s Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Since you brought up the royal sisters again and that I'm not sure whether you read that enormous comment I made to the Brony Advice column that address my last question, I just wanted to apologize again. It wasn't right of me to take something you said to me a while back and use it against, namely how I thought you defined fanservice. I'm only repeating myself so as to not cause conflict between us, even if we both know it's only a harmless television program.

My questions were only simple observations and suggestions that I'm well aware won't have any significant impact in the long run. That's it. I'm getting this out of the way so you'll know that I'm a sensible fan. Although I wouldn't call myself a brony, since I don't run out and waste my money on any memorabilia relating to the franchise.

If it's not too much trouble, I also was curious as to why exactly you wouldn't care in the slightest for an episode that explores the relationship between Celestia and Luna? Forgive for going back to an old comment of yours, but I do remember you expressing interest in such a concept when you replied back to me for siding with you in how fans shouldn't have been so hard on Cadence before she was actually in the show while listing Batman and Spider-Man as other examples of this behavior. Also, I won't bash you, but applaud you for having a different viewpoint than mine on this matter.

I know you said this is only a kids show, made for little girls keep in mind, but that shouldn't excuse not trying to put actual effort into it, which they have. But I guess there are prices to pay for being merchandise driven. Although, and this isn't valid, but I assume that Celestia is selling quite well in the toyline, so I can't imagine why the intended audience wouldn't tune into an episode featuring her and her little sister.

I only expressed confusion for why she wasn't present during the invasion was that I was led to believe that close family members are supposed to be there for each other, seeing as how one of them was injured. I guess I can't help it if one of my pet peeves is how promising fictional characters are ignored, especially if their related to a frequently appearing one by blood. But her absent definitely wasn't a deal breaker for me.

I know this is long, but see if you can read this and send a reply so I'll be out of your hair.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Well, it might be something to do with the fact that I don't really have anything that I'd 'like' to see in the show. I'm happy to see whatever the writers come up with; that to me is much more interesting than me pining to see certain things. I'd rather be surprised than hopeful. Following that line of thought, I have no interest in a Celestia or Luna episode, and, in addition, I don't find either of their characters to be particularly interesting. I'm not saying that an episode based on them would be bad, but I'm saying that I don't care about seeing it myself. If I said otherwise in the past, then my opinions have clearly changed as my views on the show and fandom have become more egregious.
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Just had a thought regarding Question 46.

As a Star Wars fan, I can say this phenomenon is hardly unique to My Little Pony. I can easily name several fans of that trilogy who have ascended the fan status to become celebrities in their own right: Dr. Curtis Saxton, Brian Young, Ansel Hsiao, Mike Wong, Katie Johnson(tragic story, that*), etc. People who make enough waves and do great things for the fandom, such as Dr. Saxton's Star Wars Technical Commentaries and Incredible Cross-Sections books and Ansel Hsiao's INCREDIBLE custom Star Destroyer CGI models which have become canonized, will attain a certain level of notoriety and in many cases these fans will be invited to cons like Star Wars Celebration to talk about their projects and other things related to Star Wars. Star Trek had this as well, but I'm not familiar enough with the fan base to remember exactly who I heard of. I do know that there are ascended fans from that show as well, however I'm at a loss as to who. But the point is that this is just what fans do: celebrate the achievements of their peers, and of course, celebrate is the root of the word "celebrity".

*Katie was a little girl who was dying from brain cancer. Her father Albin wanted to build her an astromech droid, but realized he didn't have enough time, and so asked the R2-D2 Builder's Club to help. R2-KT now makes regular appearances to children's hospitals, and even got a cameo in the Clone Wars movie. Katie wasn't a celebrity in the traditional sense, but she is very well known in the fandom and if she had survived I'm sure she would have been treated as such by the fans.
theoldhorse2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
1:how do you feel about these creapy poines i like them, except muddershy tht's just too much.

2:*random hug*

3: parnoid, do you know it?
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I don't believe that 'parnoid' is a word.
theoldhorse2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
well its a song
doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
is it?
theoldhorse2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
eeyup black sabeth parnoid go to youtube
doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
is that anything like Black Sabbath Paranoid?
theoldhorse2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1:It is true. You will find a great many 'celebrities' in the fandom, but this could probably be said with any other fandom as well. However, to say that these people should be held in higher regard than any other artist, is nonsense. Sure, I've met some really talented, and I mean really, talented pony artists, but not one of them has made it out like they were better than anyone else. And to be honest, I think Veggie said it best at one point: "I'm just a guy who draws ponies.". And that is how I view every pony artist I meet.

2:I believe you are right on this one. I've seen many a person on tumblr and the like bashing pony OCs for being "stupid" or "not cool looking" and too be honest, I find the whole thing rather ridiculous. As you stated above, the whole point of the OC is for the fan to make something that they like and that they can enjoy. It shouldn't make any difference how anyone else views that character, as long as the person who makes it likes it.

3:This one is interesting. Because this concept hasn't been cononised, nor has it been shot down by the show, the fan base is pretty much free to decide what the verdict is. That being said, there technically isn't any right answer. If one group wants to believe that they are goddesses then that should be fine. And same goes for those who don't want to think so. Personally, I believe that Luna and Celestia aren't goddesses. To imply as much would mean that they are immortal and all powerful. Now, we know that they are, indeed, not all powerful. So in a sense I could never willingly classify them as goddesses. Now, demi-goddesses on the other hand, I can work with. It allows for the idea that Luna and Celestia are undying(meaning that they would not die of natural causes, but could be killed if someone tried hard enough) and simply the physical forms of the light and the dark. Maybe they were like this at birth (or when they came into being), or maybe they got there powers over time. Really, until the writing team at Hasbro explains it, it's all up to the fans to decide.

And on the point of the NLR and the SE, I just find it to be a bit funny. I mean, it seems to be all in good fun, so I don't see any reason to cringe over it. But I guess that is just my take on it. ^_^
chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
1: Big shock. Popular people! *I'm being heavy on the sarcasm I hope you don't mind. I still enjoy the sane bronys but sometimes I just can't help but be really snarky. Rather then level headed*

2: There is an outcry against NON "80s vomit" color style ponies? All the random colors I mean? That just sounds bizarre. But then again, I haven't slept in 2 days I sort of breezed through the question. Reminds me of the Blind Bag Pony toys. *has a line of those on my desk in front of my monitor. Fluttershy continues to elude me! Not even a Rarity :( *

3: I can agree with you. I prefer to just call them Princesses but it is kiiiiiiinda cool to picture them with super god powers. Even though Celestia was beaten by Chrysalis. ( I never see a lot of fans of the Queen btw that is so strange )

Lol this is turning into "Cudpug presents Brony advice aka Chibilombax being a snarky bitch to crazy fans in the meantime" XD I love seeing these pop up in my inbox though.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
It's funny that you lack a Rarity blind-bag; my girlfriend and I picked up a bunch of blind-bags a few months back and we got four of her ;P By the end we were giving them away because we had too many of Rarity and not enough of other ponies. Fluttershy is a bitch to find, though.

I'm glad we see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues.
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Besides the above quote regarding Rarity's parody of that line from Gone With the Wind, there is also the matter of them living far longer than most ponies. Ponies seem to be very mortal, since there was a funeral in one episode, as well as an old folk's home, not to mention the fact that Granny Smith was a filly not too many decades ago. Yet Celestia is implied to be well over a thousand years old by virtue of the fact that she banished Luna to the moon for a millennium, and they must have ruled Equestria for a while before that. Perhaps they're eternal beings, never having been born and perhaps never dying. Not to say they're invulnerable, but rather immortal.

This combined with how virtually everypony in Equestria seems to place special significance on certain occasions relating to their powers, like the Summer Sun Celebration and Nightmare Night, suggests that they hold them in very high regard and worthy of the utmost affection. If one were to stretch things a bit, this could be construed as a form of worship. Not like, say, Christianity where they worship every first day of the week, but rather at certain occasions where their 'goddesses' are highly visible. Since their objects of worship are very much physical beings who make a habit out of visiting their subjects personally, there would be less of a need to appease them by adhering to a strict worship schedule, since their faith in Celestia and Luna would most likely never be called into question (except of course by adolescent dragons) or fade, and any problems can be addressed in person and quickly.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Those are some good points, particularly when you mentioned the Summer Sun Celebration. Nightmare Night is more akin to Halloween, based on the fear of Nightmare Moon, so that one is slightly less about worship. However, it is about tribute and appeasement by giving candy, so it fits the bill in other areas.
DeviantMetroid Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Strange questions...

Wouldn't Celestia and Luna's power and correlation to gods like Helios make them, by nature, gods? I mean, if you think about it, everypony DOES invoke said princesses' names the same way Greeks did with Helios, Ares, Poseidon, Zeus, etc and without both (Or at least Celestia) the world wouldn't be able to function since it'd be eternally day or night. Furthermore, religion could still exist in Equestria, just not as we know it. Temples and churches have always been built to please, honor and/or provide a place of communication with gods that just weren't physically there in any way, shape or form outside of superstition, but when your god(s) is/are physically present and one can communicate with them by just sending a letter, such things are unnecessary and prayer would seem silly. The royal castle could just be like a Mount Olympus, only...real.

Hey, since Derpy is always portrayed as a mailmare, would that make her a priestess by the above logic?
doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Natural colored ponies are shit.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Dappled ponies especially.
firefanatic Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The brony advice column is hardly new anymore. I mean, you're up to the 48th question!

again, a very good advice round this time!
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
When I hit 50, the description changes.
DewYunomi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a pretty neat little column! All three were good reads. Clever idea!
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thanks, friend.
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