When I was four years old, the same age as the Daughter right now, I fell in love with My Little Pony. They were right up there with my Barbie dolls and my Cabbage Patch Kid (yes I am a proud child of the 80’s). I had a stable that was a carrying case for my ponies and I had the coveted Dream Castle that I absolutely loved. It had the basked that carried Spike, the ponies’ dragon friend from the ground to the second floor. It was perfect.
When I discovered that they had rebooted My Little Pony for my daughter’s age demographic, I checked it out and found that the same core values were there, friendship, loyalty, and problem solving. I allowed her to watch it and slowly started to buy her the smaller and newly designed ponies. She loves them. They get lined up and pranced around in parades, play with Barbie, and help the Little People out.
Over the last few weeks, the Husband started to look for a t-shirt or a sweatshirt for the Daughter and discovered a whole new world.
At first I thought he was joking. Why would grown men watch My Little Pony? I mean yes, I watch cartoons from time to time, but they are geared toward adults (Family Guy, South Park, and even the new Looney Tunes show). The kid shows I do watch, I watch with my four year old so we can talk about them and so I know what she’s talking about when she launches into elaborate play time scenarios where I am Lamby and she is Doc McStuffins or whatever other set of characters we are that day.
So why do these men (and women but for some reason, I don’t find that as odd) love this little girl show? I mean, I’ve been watching it. The plots aren’t complex. It’s not satirical. It’s just a kids show with brightly drawn ponies that honestly don’t even look like the ponies I played with as a child.
As I started trying to search for kids t-shirts, I found the web full of brony sites, message boards, fan art, clothes…you name it, there was a brony site for it. The message boards were full of intense conversations over episodes, which pony was the best pony, terms that required me to heavily rely on UrbanDictionary.com so I can understand the jargon (yes, I felt insanely old as I looked up “derp”). It was intense. I got sucked in for hours, curse you internet. The fascination with the My Little Pony show is now popping up everywhere I look.
In the mall the other day, we saw two people walking wearing MLP t-shirts like these:
Yes, this second one shows a guy with full sleeves wearing an MLP shirt. I feel like TLC needs to create a reality show to study the lives of Bronies. I’m fascinated, but I’m not sure if it’s a good fascination or more of a “do I need to be worried for my daughter” fascination. I mean really, it’s a little odd that grown men find this show so amazing. Or am I being sexist? I don’t know. The whole thing is just odd to me. Sorry if I have offended any Bronies. I just don’t get it.
Besides, would anyone ever really wear this?