Tuesday, July 10, 2012
My Little Pony
I hear there are boys and men who like "My Little Pony." Four thousand of them recently gathered at a MLP convention in New Jersey ("BronyCon"). (Story here.)
Because of my age, I wasn't sure what MLP was until I read that Hasbro released toys named "My Little Pony" in 1983. Their success later led to a movie and three animated television shows. The current TV show is called, "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic."
Some people question boys and men liking this show because they perceive MLP as entertainment for only little girls. Some even hint that males enjoying the show might be sexual predators because why else would a man like something intended for girls. That kind of awful gender-restricted thinking ignores the appeal of the show. One 26-year old male attendee of the convention, when asked why he likes it, explained "It's colorful and innocent, which is something I don't have in my life. I like the community...".
The current TV show was created by animator Lauren Faust. When asked about male fans, her response was: "We live in a society where saying that something is for girls is the equivalent to saying that something is stupid, or saying that something isn't worthwhile. I think that's awful and I think that kind of attitude needs to be changed. And these men are doing it. ... They're proud that they're forward-thinking and modern enough to look past this misogynistic attitude."
Do you know about My Little Pony? Were/are you a fan? How do you feel about boys liking it?