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#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.

Also...Braeburn.



#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.

Rarity especially.

*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.
Braeburn Edition, apparently.

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writemaster93 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I watched every episode of G1. It wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't horrible either.
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AnkokuFang Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
involving that last one, honestly I hated G1 til I actually watched some of it. It wasn't that bad, honestly. The Tirek plot even had similarities with FiM's series premiere episodes.

what makes me laugh is when bronies/fans hate on G1, because there wouldn't BE Twilight, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie, Applejack or Rainbow Dash without G1 Twilight and Applejack, Firefly, Surprise, Posey and Sparkler.
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Vet2B Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved LOVED this guy's sarcasm on the first answer! lol!
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Letirary Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thkn braeburn looks stunnig
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GodOfCoffee Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yo where i can get most epic pony t-shirts?? really need one <:I
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
"…but ponies do seem to take things to the next level."

I don't know, seems similar to any other fans shipping characters together, not just brony behaviour. I mean, in the D.N.Angel fandom I've regularly encountered discourses like this: "Daisuke/Satoshi are meant to be together. Look at all the hints." "No, they're straight, Daisuke/Riku is a canon ship." "I think Satoshi will be with Risa." "Risa/Dark is so much better!" "Dark should be with Daisuke. I know they're in the same body, but they're so cute!" "Dark/Krad all the way, then Daisuke can be with Satoshi!" Etc. etc. etc. And that's just a relatively small fandom with a grand total of five or six main characters, both male and female.

Though I've seen the opposite be true too, like with Mai-HiME that not only has 12 main female characters, but also a ton of supporting characters both male and female, yet shipping wise the fandom is only focused on the single ship of Natsuki/Shizuru due to both being cool characters and Shizuru being canonically lesbian. Any other ship is, considering the amount of characters that would seem incredibly fertile for dozens of different combinations, don’t seem to exist in any great number at all. And so help it if either of the popular two is paired with some other character… it's not pretty. There's even hate groups on that pair simply because it's so freakishly popular. So really, MLP shipping is not much different to either of those two. The fact that the characters are ponies is largely irrelevant since you can't really make them anything else and humanising ponies (as per the second question) isn't a hugely popular thing to do anyway in terms of acceptance (even you yourself is not a fan).

Though I would contest you on your conclusion on the personality type who'd write shipfics, though I'm sure there are people like you describe out there too, but I don't think you can just handily package everybody under a neat little "they're sexually frustrated, inexperienced introverts who can only pine to have an actual relationship of their own." I mean, sure there likely are people just like that, but in terms of writing a story it doesn't necessarily have to stem from some psychologically recessive need to fantasise about your own failings as a human being. Sometimes the reason can be as simple as the want to explore characters, and their personalities and reactions, through a romantic lens. I mean, you might as well extend the whole "putting effort in a real relationship" to writing fan fiction of any kind as a waste of time, as you'll never be able to publish it, make money off of it, and are taking the time away from having sex/picking up chicks on the street/getting married. Heck, if you want to write, then you could just as well spend all that time writing a real book and get that published if it's all a matter of fanfic writing (subject matter hardly comes to question here) if it's keeping you away from having a real relationship with other people.

However when things do get to the stage of sexual relations (as in pure porn or flat out sex), then yeah, that'd be a little too much for me to take. And shipping wars are always ridiculously stupid things to get worked up over.

As to what comes to the older gens… eh. *hipster glasses on* I was an MLP disliker long before FiM was even a gleam in a producer's eye, and I was completely prepared to be the same for G4 as well. But yeah, I don't really hate G1 as it has its charm, despite its major deficiencies in terms of characterisation. The next series is far too on the nose for its demographic to have any cross-over appeal to anyone else but young girls. G3 is just substandard in every department. Oh, and I accidentally watched one episode of the baby pony stuff on my first marathon through FiM… it literally made something die inside of me. To me, it's the very definition of insulting to even your own audience. I've rarely come across with something that made me depressed with the poorness of something's quality, and I would have loved to strangle that one pony with her stupid fucking scarf left in the fucking mud for having inflicted even a single inane syllable on me. It's one of those things that I will flat out refuse to ever watch more of out of fear that it'd make me want to jump off my balcony afterwards. That series is as close to a hate crime I've come across in "entertainment" and I can't condone anybody having been actually paid for its creation, no matter how it was sold. But yeah, the other series… I don't like them and their quality isn't the greatest, but I'm largely indifferent to them. Certainly not enough to spend time running to yelling how they shouldn't exist or other such imbecility unless I was doing some grand dissertation on the pros and cons of each Generation in turn.

Now, let me go wash my memory of that baby pony atrocity off my mind with some Twin Peaks or something…
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I will point out that many of these responses are tongue-in-cheek with certain elements that are not to be taken especially seriously. While the advice is sound, I do quite often take random jabs at the fandom for my own amusement. In addition, the negative comments in that particular response are directed towards serious shippers, such as the example I gave; the kind who would insult other people for liking a pairing. Naturally, you don't have to be introverted to be into shipping...but it helps ;P

And David Lynch!

:iconaustinpowersplz::iconsaysplz:"Yeah baby!"
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This picture scares me.
Almost as much as that "Handsome Squidward" thing.
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safe-test Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yes, without Escape from Catrina there would be no Friendship is Magic, I am truly grateful, yet I must be honest and say I can't like the older cartoons, they're too silly (especially G3.5 ones). But 54 is about respecting opinions. Going to vids and keep yelling "Kill with fire!" is a clear level of stupidity to which no person with a working brain should stoop to.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Sensible response!
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safe-test Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I just said the truth :)

As for 52, you said it, no couple is "wrong". The main problem with shipping wall is the same as everything: some people get blind, lost it and then fail at it.
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
gay ponies are shit
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people may not have the same thoughts as you. I don't think that you sould be so rude about it. And if you aren't going to explain why you think so, I really don't see your reasoning in sharing your opinion. However, if you are going to tell people, I suggest using proper sentence structure. It's hard to see you as a reputable being with you talking like that. But anyway, everyone has their opinions, and I respect that.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Should*
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
hahaha you clearly don't know who I am.
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I clearly don't care.
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Just do a little research before you lecture someone over a joke.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
:iconmrs-adlerplz::iconsaysplz:"Richaaaard!"
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
heh. i would see all them humanized as white. i don't draw them that way often but i agree that's what i'd see them as.
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fivedollarponies Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Personally I've always felt that Rarity would be black, since white horses have black skin IRL (weird, I know!)

And oh lord, dat Braeburn :lol:
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Electroshock70 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good submission! And now... 3-fold comment and opinions!

#52: Flawless execution. This is PRECICELY the reason so many lesbian shippings happen.
I don't subscribe to shipping often, but when I do, I prefer it straight. (That's just me :P.)

#53: Our opinions overlap nicely once again!
... Humanizing ponies seems pointless to me, however. If you draw the ponies human, then what's the point of drawing ponies?

#54: I'm guilty of taking up a "kill it with fire" attitude, but that's mostly for joking around. The previous generations are not all so bad. Lacking something? Probably quite a bit. Abysmal? Certainly not.

You have my approval to continue this!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
You have my approval to continue replying as you do. Good comments!
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Regarding #54, there is a great brony documentary on YouTube called Ballad of the Brony in which the author gives each an honest review of each generation, and I tend to agree with him. Personally, I'm ambivalent toward any generation of MLP before G4, but G1 was actually not half bad. The characters were cardboard, but then what cartoon character of the early and mid-eighties wasn't? It had a lot of interesting fantasy elements and wasn't afraid to include mythological creatures like Hydra in the mix (it's been forever, but my sister did watch it and I have a few early recollections of fantastic creatures amongst the pastel ponies). I don't get the hate some bronies seem to have toward the originals and their sequels (except for 3.5; those should all be gathered up and buried alongside the million copies of E.T. for Atari as a waste of animation effort). Those were what gave Lauren Faust the backdrop against which to have adventures with her MLP figures as a kid and planted the seeds for the episodes we know and love today. If anything, we should be grateful for the older generations, for without them we probably wouldn't have MLP as we know it today.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Very well argued!
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#52 is I'm mostly straight, it makes sense of how nature runs.
#53 is nah, they're just doing them out of creativity and exploration. It's not canon after all. The only humans I would not mind to accept is G1's Megan although she's not in G4 anyways, she's not in yet alone the seaponies.
#54, the older ones do have their own point of views, G3 is obviously purely girly like Barbie. G2's storyline and outcome were quite weak due to all being earth ponies and living in normal lives. G1 has a lot more depth which I like them more and yet darker than the G4 era (Tirek & Grogar episodes, anyone?), despite being tougher to draw and some people say it sucks, well, what do you expect when we were having outdated technology of those times? G1 is from the 80s, duh!
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TheRobberBaron Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
A lot of the humanized thing is because bigots got all uppity about them not being white when people started drawing them as a different ethnicity, and then people went all out defending them, so now it's almost fricken mandatory to make at least one of them black. I never really saw Twilight as black, but it's grown on me. I fell in love with Fluttershy in a hijab at first sight though.
The voice actors are picked to portray their attitudes more than their ethnicity, their race doesn't really matter. Female voice actors portray male parts, so should they be drawn as female because their voice actor is female?

At any rate, it just comes down to your own personal preference.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Good point about the 'voice actresses often portray males' thing.
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DewYunomi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
52) I think one of the things that makes those shippings so fun is that it's about the characters and personalities. I like seeing various personality types mingle with each other. I like thinking how would X character (any show) would be romantically involved in Y character. There are so many different possibilities and stereotypes, like the opposites attract, etc. I don't know, I just find it fun and cute, and from a non-sexual angle.

53) Indifferent on this. :lol: I think that it's fine in any interpretation. Humanized ponies aren't really my preference, though. I tend to imagine Pinkie in the show as being black in my mind, though, for no real reason.

54) I grew up on G1. It's so dark compared to the original! But I think that the 2000's era stuff kinda didn't do anything to broaden the base. It lacked the wit of FiM, though, and it wasn't really geared as much towards older fans, whereas FiM included stuff entertaining to it. But I don't think anyone should hate on it or any show, really. If they like FiM (or G1) better, hey, fine, but don't be hating.

...just my thoughts on these! Good column this time! Quite thought-provoking. :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
As were your responses :3
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DewYunomi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks! Keep up the good work!
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
First question: Eh shipping exists. I do that just not with ponies. I had a friend evaluate me once and he brought up kind of a curious point. Besides just being silly pervs, people could ship just to get some frustrations out. Without having to have their heart broken like in a real relationship. You're not the one dealing with drama. The characters are.

Second Question: That's actually a curious question. I have nothing witty/snarky to say. Well done person who asked that.

Third Question: I think it's people trying to go with a popular opinion. Have you ever seen CR review the older generation on Thatguywiththeglasses.com? He brought up the pros and cons of the earlier generations. How Friendship is Magic wouldn't exist without them. Or how some of the voice actresses were from G3 I believe. I like to think of the earlier generations as being your parents when you look at photos of them when they were younger. Different time so they look strange. ( Like the Cherilee "That's how every pony wore her mane" joke )

Hell I'd rather kill Twilight with fire rather then a old cartoon. The books not the pony.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thus shipping becomes a method of detaching yourself from intimacy. Interesting that it usually becomes one giant fucking session, then. Studies should be done on sex roleplays.
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I'm not sure I'd go so far as detaching. POSSIBLY if the person involved has some social issues.

Romance is done to death and blown way out of proportion. I think some teens/young adults in their 20s get disappointment when it's not like television/films. But again. Like I said before. I'm asexual. My views on romance are a tiny bit different.

There just also seems to be a lot of anti social people. I sound like a cranky old woman but I blame the internet on some cases of that. So I'm not too surprised if there's shy Bronies who don't want to experience stuff like heartache or rejection.
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regidar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Writer
Damn, why has my question yet to surface?
Also, dat cover pic.
And good job as always.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Which question would that be? Feel free to note it again. I get a lot, so it might still be coming up ;P
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regidar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
You know, the one where I accidentally started a cult? I'll send it again if you don't remember.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Yeah, I found it. It's actually #2 on my list now, so it would have been coming anyway ;P
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regidar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
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