By now you may have seen the footage. Your opinion?
My opinion is this: In the U.S, this thing apparently comes out in theatres. Fine if you want to go see it, whatever your opinion on it is, but DO NOT EVAR be rude, obnoxious, or do anything to try to alienate the target audience from the film. It will just make Bronies look terrible, and be unfair to the kids. If you hate it, mock it in your own home. Or a friend’s.
First image: Text=Respect everyone’s personal space! It’s okay to enjoy a cosplay of a character you like, but don’t get in their face.Image is Pinkie Pie getting in Twilight’s face.
Second image: Text=Enjoy the merchandise, but leave room for others to enjoy, too. Image is the ponies (save for Dash) in a balloon basket with Pinkie holding a box.
Third image: Text=Respect beginner costumes. Everyone was a beginner at some point. Image is Pinkie with a fake mustache.
Fourth image: Text=Do not ask inappropriate questions at panels. Image is Fluttershy glaring at Discord.
Fifth image: Text=Be mindful of younger attendees. Image is Spike clinging to Applejack’s leg.
It’s convention season once again*! Here’s some reminders, based on things I’ve seen.
NOW FOR A BIG WALL OF TEXT
For the first one, yes, we have characters we really like. And some costumes are very beautiful, cute, or sexy, what have you. That does not give anyone an excuse to get too close to that person.
Second: Don’t crowd too much. Others will want to see the merchandise too, so be fair,
Third: Don’t go around mocking beginner cosplayers. It’s not nice. Especially if they’re young. Everyone has beginnings.
Fourth: Yeah, do not ask those questions. No, it’s not funny. It can bother the people running the panel and the audience. Not everyone will think it’s funny that Pinkie Pie killed everyone in a fanfic, or if there are Bronies who like to interpet an innocent character to be abusive.
Fifth: Try not to step on the little kids, okay? If there’s a panel, let them go first in the question round if you can. They’re younger, and will not necessarily have the patience to wait through a trillion questions, and apply #4 to this.
*it’s actually always convention season with Bronies. You have more conventions than the Hub does recycled background characters.
[text reads: “Don’t worry too much about Princess Twilight. She’s still Twilight”. Image is winged Twilight, Applejack, and Fluttershy looking confused.]
Yeah, we’ve all seen the complaining and panicking and cries of “Ruined FOREVER!” over this pony.
Don’t forget: Hasbro just thinks that princess sell. And maybe they do, considering the positive reactions from the young audience on this episode.
Twilight will always be a cute little nerdy pony with varied friends and an adopted baby dragon.
The show/franchise has gone through a lot of changes over the years (compare G3 Rainbow Dash to G4 fo
ur example), and this is pretty mild in the long run.
What were your thoughts on the last episode? I’ve seen mostly positive comments, but the general opinion seems to be the episode felt a bit rushed.
[text reads “Pirating is hardly the worst thing this fandom has ever done.” Image is Pipsqueak as a pirate, falling down.]
Well yes, a certain documentary got passed around on the internet like…MLP episodes. Many people, especially those who paid for it/worked on it, were disappointed. I can see that, sure. You were behind it, it’s okay to be angry and disappointed with people.
But then there are people acting like it’s pretty much the worst thing the fandom has done. Excuse me, but this fandom built itself on pirating (remember the sheer anger directed at Hasbro when a site made for pirating pony episodes was taken down?). Furthermore, the bullying that goes on in the fandom is far worse, as it alienates a lot of people.
As for the documentary itself? I suspect some of you were expecting me to pirate it all over my tumblr in revenge. Well, I have good news!
…I won’t! (Hey that’s good news for some!) But I do have an easy, brony-approved substitute.
Go watch “The Mysterious Mare Do Well.” Play the scene where Rainbow Dash pats herself on the back. That’s basically what people are telling me the documentary is about.
I’ve seen a lot of complaints, mostly because the new Tumblr doesn’t work with certain extensions.
In my case, I can’t speak about that, but I do like the fact that it looks a bit easier to upload several images, should that be needed.
On the negative side, the new one seems very pale. It’s light gray on white. That’s not a good combination, in my opinion. It can be pretty difficult to see.
[text reads “Find something positive about writers you dislike.” Image is Spike holding a book.]
I have seen a lot of complaints about some writers. People act like the world’s ending when they are writing a new episode. But surely, everything in every episode written by ___ can’t be so bad. Maybe you’ll even find an entire episode that you like.
[text reads “Do accept different names for pony toys. In the long run, you can personally call them whatever you want.” Image is Big Macintosh holding Smarty Pants in his mouth.]
Okay I know I’ve brought this up before, but I wanted to make another one because I was pleased to find it actually happening. After some new surprise bag pony things were found somewhere online, it was discovered that the famous background character Bon Bon was among them, although she was named something like Sweetie Drops. I read a popular brony site with a bit of dread, remembering the uproar over Lyra/Heartstrings (until Hasbro compromised by calling the toy Lyra Heartstrings). However, this time? People were just happy to see her and speculated that maybe Hasbro couldn’t get the copyright. Of course calling her Bon Bon Sweetie Drops would be a bit of a mouthful (of candy?)
It gives me a bit of hope that bronies will accept an official alternate, non-controversial name for a certain gray pegasus, so we can see her in bags, and maybe brushables, too. Alternate names have been popping up, such as Bubblecup, Bubbles, and SuperPonyPonePone (okay I made that last one up and it’s terrible.) That might be too much wishful thinking, but it could be a possibility.
[text reads “Not having MLP as a common interest doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. Image is Rarity washing Applejack’s face.]
Based on a cool card made by one of my assistants! I just kind of made an opposite version. It’s nice to have a lot of common interests, but chances are, you won’t have EVERYTHING in common. There are plenty of other things to talk about! Surely even you get tired of talking about My Little Pony.
[Text reads “Your small, awesome, insular circle of brony friends is not indicative of the community as a whole.” Image is a group of ponies, mostly pegasi, walking in a group triumphantly, lead by Twilight Sparkle and Spike. Fluttershy is being hoisted up by two pegasi.]
I don’t mean this sarcastically. I know how sometimes, if you have a group of really cool friends, most of whom are members of an oft-maligned group (furries could be another example), it can be really easy to disbelieve the common stereotypes that float around about those groups. What are people talking about, members of _____ fandom aren’t all weirdos! All my friends are _____ and everyone is cool as heck! Where do these stereotypes COME from?!
Hint: It’s not nowhere. Congratulations, you and your friends managed to forge a small social circle made up of nothing but cool people who don’t share the endemic problems of the larger social group. That’s really cool (honest)! But it doesn’t speak of the larger problems in those fandoms. Y’all are exceptions.
If you and your friends honestly don’t share the problems that your fandom gets criticized for, there’s no reason to get defensive or bristled at those criticisms; they don’t apply to y’all! But they do to some. They do to MANY. Try to take an honest inventory of the community as a whole and count yourself and your friends as lucky, rather than the whole rest of the world as biased.
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