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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.


#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.
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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.
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.
Vet2B Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved LOVED this guy's sarcasm on the first answer! lol!
Letirary Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thkn braeburn looks stunnig
GodOfCoffee Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yo where i can get most epic pony t-shirts?? really need one <:I
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…
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!"
CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This picture scares me.
Almost as much as that "Handsome Squidward" thing.
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.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Sensible response!
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