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Concerning The Ponies

Posted by Lon'qu , in BZPower Oct 18 2011 · 109 views

You know, originally I was not concerned about this. I figured that the pony thing was just a temporary fad that would blow over, particularly after the six month downtime. But then I find that it lives on. I'm not sure whether this is a weird symptom of withdrawal from BIONICLE or just BZPower madness manifesting itself in a more unusual way than is typical of this site.

Now, granted, I like a lot of little kid shows, but most of them are discontinued and I watch them out of nostalgia and for a few good laughs. For instance, I still watch old Carmen Sandiego TV episodes on video sites and Hub because I used to watch them and play the computer games when I was younger, and more recently I've watched episodes of Teen Titans, which I last saw in 2003. And then there's that LEGO thing, which just stuck with me from the start.

But the ponies are just weird. I know it's not because of nostalgia, because the show isn't old enough, and it also confuses me because the target audience of the show is the exact opposite of BZPower's main member demographic. I understand the weird fascination because of an allusion someone made to the episode of Arthur (Which is another show that trumps the Ponies) where everyone starts watching Love Ducks, but really, wearing it wherever you go becomes a little creepy after a while. Even Arthur, Buster, and Binky etc. stopped after a short while.

Anyhow, those are my thoughts. Perhaps everyone is just preparing for a career writing children's television shows. I don't know. :shrugs: But I know until it's over, I'll be carrying a brony tranquilizer gun.

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It's just a good, entertaining cartoon that some people like and others misunderstand. There's nothing weird about it at all.
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But what's so creepy? It's the same as when people were using MSPA banners.
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But what's so creepy? It's the same as when people were using MSPA banners.

It's only more pink. :P
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Toa Nidhiki05
Oct 18 2011 01:59 PM
Excellent analysis, I used to watch that show and I know exactly what you are talking about. I wish this whole pony thing would just blow over, its gotten really old at this point.
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But what's so creepy? It's the same as when people were using MSPA banners.

That was creepy too, but when it's something my two youngest sisters will spend birthday money on, and it's teenage guys watching it, that's what I call creepy.

Granted, this is from a guy who embraced the Slugger Barbie name change. :P But that was more of a fun joke than the bronies situation.
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Sooo, it's creepy for teen and adult guys to enjoy something cute and innocent?

If anything, the message of Friendship is Magic is something that's sorely needed in this age of hatred and violence. =/


silly typo
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These are also the same people who mocked Whenua saying "Cuz dat's whut friends do." in Web o' Shadows.

HYPOCRITTERS :P

And violence isn't really all that big of an issue. BIONICLE has had it's fair share of violence, and it's still king on this site, and less violent (but still filled with fighting) Hero Factory is clearly the heir apparent of the BZPower throne, no matter how much the ponies try to usurp it. :P
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I guess that's the thing, a lot of the franchises marketed to boys are basically about violence or have lots of violence in them.

MLP is about finding ways to deal with each other without having resort to violence, for instance.


Also, I never watched Web of Shadows, so I don't get the reference, lol.
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Excellent analysis, I used to watch that show and I know exactly what you are talking about. I wish this whole pony thing would just blow over, its gotten really old at this point.

Too bad that likely won't happen any time soon - at least not until the show is canceled or ends.

See, this isn't just a fad, this is an actual legitimate fanbase. Just like BIONICLE fans, just like Trekkies, just like Whovians.
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Yes, but really? My Little Ponies? Like I said, I understand people being fans of kids' TV shows, but there's a point where it gets a little nutty. It's one thing for someone to have trouble outgrowing a show or a toy theme, but it's another thing when sixteen year old guys are obsessing online over a show that was made for girls a decade younger then they are.

It may be a quality show, like Dr. Seuss books are quality books. But they're a little out of our reading level, just as the ponies are out of our level of TV shows.

I like Dr. Seuss, and I read them to my sisters, but the BaseBlog isn't going to become the SeussBlog anytime soon.

"I do not like them here or there, I do not like ponies anywhere!"
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I still don't see the problem.
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It's a lot less girly than people think. Besides the source material it was based off of, tone and plot-wise it's fairly gender-neutral.

And between the alcohol jokes and frequent pop-culture references, I hardly believe that it can be called thoroughly childish - no more than, say, Phineas & Ferb is.
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Spongebob is the epitome of childish, in my opinion. There's a reason studies show it hurts brain development. :P

ARGH YOU CHANGED IT.

But Phineas and Ferb isn't all that different from what I've seen. Granted, all I've seen is the Little League World Series segments, but it's a show for 6-9 year olds. People that are half our age. I'm sure they can be entertaining, but there are far more forms of entertainment with more clever humor, better-planned and more substantial plot, and are designed for folks out of elementary school that are available.

Considering the choices, I find it odd that the favorite show of many active BZPers is suddenly My Little Ponies.
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Bloody Nine
Oct 18 2011 03:21 PM

People that are half our age. I'm sure they can be entertaining, but there are far more forms of entertainment with more clever humor, better-planned and more substantial plot, and are designed for folks out of elementary school that are available.

They're called opinions. And the best way to deal with a throng of people who don't necessarily share yours, especially over liking or not liking media, is to smile and nod, not to make an editorial about it.
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People that are half our age. I'm sure they can be entertaining, but there are far more forms of entertainment with more clever humor, better-planned and more substantial plot, and are designed for folks out of elementary school that are available.

They're called opinions. And the best way to deal with a throng of people who don't necessarily share yours, especially over liking or not liking media, is to smile and nod, not to make an editorial about it.

I <3 you for saying this.
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