#52) Why do bronies feel the need to create so many gay shippings? It's weird.
Answer: Bronies make lesbian shippings because the bulk of the cast of "Friendship is Magic" are female, and bronies like to pair characters up. The idea is in itself nothing new, but ponies do seem to take things to the next level.
"I'm an Apple-Dash fan!" one person cries.
"That sucks," says another. "Pinkie-Shy is best shipping!"
On the one hand it's relatively harmless if people are just pairing the characters up for shits and giggles. When it gets porn-y you have to wonder why people are so obsessed with making these ponies fuck each other. It's a given that people will ship characters, but that doesn't make it any more necessary or purposeful. I'll never forget one hilarious instance where a brony made a comment on a person's DA page who was a big supporter of Soarin and Rainbow Dash shipping. They said that their shipping idea was 'shit'. Curious, I checked out the attacker's page.
They were a supporter of Applejack and Big Macintosh. They would insult Soarin and Rainbow Dash, a match that isn't all that unrealistic as shippings go, and yet they liked an incestuous couple? I laughed and berated the member, and then I berated them some more. Which brings me back to the 'gay shipping' thing. A lot of males (and some females) like lesbians, so you have your support for lesbian shippings right there, even considering that the characters are animals. As for the male-on-male shippings, what can I say? People also like homosexual males, and obviously there's nothing more attractive than two male ponies with their dicks out, right?
Ultimately, the answer to your question is the same as most relating to the desire of bronies to make the characters in romantic/sexual relationships. I'd say that it's a mixture of loneliness, inexperience, boredom, genuine arousal, profit and demand. If some of these people put half the effort into a real relationship as they do into their shippings, who knows where they might be by now? Probably in the arms of a lover, being held closely, with sweet-nothings being whispered into their ears.
And then the bubble pops, and they're back in the real world, pushing their brushable-hair Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle dolls together to see if they'll breed.
#53) What do you think about the racial colour of humanised ponies? People often make Twilight black, for example. What do you make of this? What colour should they be?
Answer: Ah, this is an interesting one. I see quite a few different portrayals of ponies as different ethnicities when made into humans. A common one seems to make Twilight Sparkle black (one brony argued it's because of her dark-coloured body) and another had Fluttershy as part of some sort of Islamic culture. In relation to the first one, I think it's odd to assume that body-colour denotes skin colour. If that was the case, wouldn't Celestia be whiter-than-white, and Luna would be dark-skinned? Doesn't really make sense if they're sisters, is all I'm saying.
This one is really down to the people who draw it. I'm not a fan of humanised art of the ponies anyway, so I don't really get involved. If you do humanise them, I say keep it as secular as possible. In addition, if you're asking me what colour they 'should be', I can't answer that, because they aren't humans, and therefore making them into humans has no canon outcome. You could make them into any ethnicity as a human and it would be equally as inaccurate and open to interpretation as any other.
I will say, however, that in my mind, the logical thing would be to say that all of the mane six would be white. Am I racist?* No. I just think that, seeing as the voice cast are all white, that the characters would be white, if anything. Why would Tara Strong's character be black? Or Ashleigh Ball's? Or Andrea Libman's? The actresses are white, and so therefore, if we're really going to do this and say what colour the characters would be if they were human, it makes most logical sense that they would be white, what with the fact that they're voiced by white women and all.
*You're free to draw the ponies as you like in human-form; let it be known that I am far more indifferent to the entire issue than I am interested in arguing assumptions about the skin colour of ponies. It's all irrelevant, anyway.
#54) What do you think of people hating on the earlier generations of MLP? I see people saying "kill it with fire" on all the old MLP videos on Youtube.
Answer: It's a gross exaggeration. The original My Little Pony is no more offensive to the eyes and ears than most 80s cartoons. It's not exactly good, but at the very most you'd be indifferent towards it. One of the other series is really pretty shitty 3.5, I believe, with the ponies as babies with barely any animation effort but I've been told that those were sold with toys, and so it's hardly surprising that they weren't very good.
However, not being good doesn't mean that you should go and hate on them. What does that accomplish? You wouldn't have "Friendship is Magic" without the older generations. The very thing that bronies are interested in was born out of the old generations. Everything has led to where the show now is, and so it's all important in the development of Hasbro's iconic series. If people take a second to stop acting like tools, they'll realise that no, the older generations might not be like "Friendship is Magic", but people don't need to go out and make a huge deal about it.
Too often people are ignorant to what really matters. How does it benefit anyone to say that the old seasons of My Little Pony are shitty? Hasbro clearly didn't think they were all that good, hence why they got Lauren Faust in to reform the franchise. The point being that everyone knows that they aren't anything like Generation 4, so there's little point in comparing them. In addition, some people like the older visual styles and the movies and so on, and that's fine too there's obviously some merit to the older generations if they have fans. It's very possible for people to be fans of all of the generations of My Little Pony, and at least that approach would show an awareness of how Hasbro has changed the brand over time.