Skip to comments.Atlantic Writer Tries to Convince Readers That Adult Male 'Bronies' Are OK
Posted on 08/09/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Did you know that it is perfectly normal for a man to appear in public wearing pink pony ears and tail? No, really. There is nothing at all unusual about that. And if you don't believe me then I will write an overlong article trying to convince you of its complete normalcy.
Such is the attitude of Jennifer Goforth Gregory of The Atlantic who tries a bit too hard to convince the readers that men wearing flashy pony costumes is absolutely normal. The funniest thing about Gregory plugging such men aka "Bronies" is how much obvious effort she puts into this endeavor. Over and over again she reminds us that men "coming out of the stable" as they call it is perfectly acceptable male behavior. You might remember Ronan Farrow earlier this year telling us how normal the Brony lifestyle is and now Gregory continues this theme but with a lot more effort:
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My daughter outgrew her interest in My Little Pony before her teens, it’s not normal for anyone to be fixated on a children’s cartoon character. It’s really creepy.
I'm breaking in here, but if a guy occasionally watches one of those cartoons, it's hardly the same thing as dressing up like one of the characters. Also there's the missing component of feminization. If a male is watching My Little Pony, there is something wrong.
"I would like to point out that the costume photograph was at an event much like costumes at any costume party. Or to look at it in a different light are pictures of people in their game time regalia of their favorite sports franchise open to ridicul because they are dressed for an event possibly even with face paint?"
Seriously? You're trying to compare guys who paint up at football games to so-called males who put on fuzzy little pink horse outfits to celebrate their love of something targeted toward little girls?
"No I did not read the article, Im responding solely to the commentary by fellow freepers oh wait creepers are made fun of too..... Ironic."
Not at all. The only people I've seen "make fun of" Freepers have been leftwingers. Are you saying their mocking is valid? Are you trying to equate leftist hate of conservative values with justifiable aversion to deviancy?
If you consider that to be a rational response then you’ve got a problem.
That is the real problem. If you were a man and did this in the recent past, people would justifiably think you were insane.
You’ve got to be making this up.
My 16-year-old stepson, who is 6’2”, 240, and plays varsity tackle, told me the other day that he was a Brony.
I told him he was not.
How wonderfully small minded of you to take most extreme example and take as the norm. To claim that MLP is solely for a female audience is equivalent to saying football is exclusively a male audience any female that might swatch it is obviously disturbed if not deviant because the majority no wait the overwhelming majority of the audience is male.
And no it is not only left wingers that make fun of Free Republic moderates would often find many of our views so extreme as to be divant if not dangerous! Pets well as actual hard right wingers could find our views laughably naive and of course just faux conservative.
Since it is unlikely that you ever watched an episode I’d like to point out the most of them have what one would consider a classical moral of the story most often a fairly traditional one at that.
And if you want to defend middle aged men going back to the hallowed halls of their adolescent years be it high school or college dress as if they were still a member of the student body spend a great deal of money doing so that is your right but please do not pretend everyone will hold that as normal behavior many would find it quite deviant.
Every time I read about this Brony subculture, I think of the Monty Python skit where grown men dressed up and acted like mice. Hey, I feel like having some cheese right now.
The latest MLP is far less saccharine than earlier versions. The writers deliberately tried to make the show interesting and clever, rather than trite and/or banal. The result is a bit like the old “Muppet Show” or the Warner Bros stuff, where the kids can get plenty of entertainment from it, but at the same time there are references and jokes aimed solely at the adults.
That said, it’s a somewhat clever cartoon, not a seminal cultural phenomenon. The only thing that made it noteworthy was that it *was* clever, and therefore stood out in the sea of thinly-disguised toy commercials and formulaic animated garbage that makes up the bulk of cartoons today. Plus the creators actually listened to the fans, and incorporated more than a few of their ideas and suggestions. So, it’s fun, and I actually don’t mind watching it with my daughter, unlike many of the other shows she watches. And I’ve seen military “bronies” too, though most were Air Force so infer from that what you will.
Our POS-in-Chief already has the ears — now all he needs is a tail!
As weirdness goes these days, the Brony thing is more on the quaint-innocent-fun end of the scale.
The Brony phenomenon is only one segment of a larger disturbance. Google “cosplay”.
I think that's it in a nutshell. This is just one more example of weird behavior that MUST be accepted as normal.
I don’t see anything bizarre about you watching with your daughter...children love it when their parents do that.
The program might be clever and ironic as can be. But there are grown men going around dressed up as fuzzy little pink ponies. There’s nothing right about that.
As for military “bronies”, well...I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but look at what they’re letting into the military these days. My father served in the Army during WWII...I can just imagine the guys in those days putting up with some nut who made public his love of dressing up like a girls’ cartoon.
"Small minded", huh? So I guess what's called for is....tolerance. How liberal of you.
I have news for you. Men dressing up as little girls' cartoon characters IS extreme.
"To claim that MLP is solely for a female audience is equivalent to saying football is exclusively a male audience any female that might swatch it is obviously disturbed if not deviant because the majority no wait the overwhelming majority of the audience is male."
I guess the concept of masculinity eludes you. I "swatch" football myself. Doesn't make me any less of a woman. But a normal, mentally healthy male cringes at the thought of parading around dressed as a fuzzy pink pony.
"And no it is not only left wingers that make fun of Free Republic moderates would often find many of our views so extreme as to be divant if not dangerous!"
I have no idea what "divant" is, but wow....Freepers' views are extreme and dangerous. You're sounding more and more like a liberal. Why are you even here?
" Pets well as actual hard right wingers "
"could find our views laughably naive and of course just faux conservative."
So, if you don't approve of men dressing up as little girls' cute pink cartoon characters, you're naive and not conservative. Okay...
"Since it is unlikely that you ever watched an episode
You got that right. What does that prove?
" Id like to point out the most of them have what one would consider a classical moral of the story most often a fairly traditional one at that."
Good. But even if they were explaining Einstein's theory of relativity, men dressing up like that is still messed up.
"And if you want to defend middle aged men going back to the hallowed halls of their adolescent years be it high school or college dress as if they were still a member of the student body spend a great deal of money doing so that is your right but please do not pretend everyone will hold that as normal behavior many would find it quite deviant."
LOL, where did I defend men going back to adolescence? You're defending feminization and deviance.
Are you a Brony?
One of many possible nightmares for parents these days.
The whole Brony thing seems innocent... yet it creeps me out somehow.
And then there’s THAT guy.
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