You mean the Brony fandom right? I’m gonna cheat and do 6 fact/argument/whatevers, 3 for and 3 against.
CHARITY! I think by far the most amazing thing about the fandom is its history of charitable work, since 2011 bronies have raised hundreds of thousands of dollarsfor various charities and individuals in need. I know people like to argue that bronies just do this to look good, but if good is being done I don’t know why the intentions matter. Like I’d take insincere charity over sincere apathy any day. This claim also falls apart considering that most of these contributions happened way before most of this tumblr drama when bronies didn’t have anything to prove. I think the joy of the show is just infectious, it makes you want to change the world with your friends.
PORN! One of the big arguments against the fandom is that we have too much porn and/or we make it too easy for kids to find. I am very much of the opinion that if you aren’t expoliting anyone in the process, you should have the right to make and consume whatever porn you want as long as you distribute it appropriately. Like if you have some nasty pony rape kink that you partake in privately that’s fine but respect the fact that most people don’t want to hear about it or see it without actively looking for it. While it’s hard to gauge, from what I’ve seen the Brony fandom does about as good or bad a job as any fandom with hiding their porn; artists tag their blogs as nsfw and image boards like Derpibooru tag work as unsafe. I’ve seen several posts testing safe searches for MLP (and did a few myself to see) and results generally show that it takes a scroll or two to even get any questionable results, and that the amount of questionable results is about the same as searches for any other popular cartoon. So this doesn’t really seem to be the problem people are making it out to be, but even so it’s being addressed by Safe Search Wrap Up.
CONVENTIONS! An argument that stems from the previous argument is that bronies ruin enjoyment of the show for children, that they create an environment online and at conventions that is unsafe. This one especially bothers me because its completely contrary to my 3-year experience with this fandom. Like I’ve been attending and vending at brony conventions for most of this time and I’ve always thought it would be AWESOME to attend as child. Children often get discounted or even free admission, get to go to the front of lines, sit at the front of panel rooms, and get tons of free stuff from vendors. At Canterlot Gardens they got a free autograph from a voice actor of their choice, and one lucky girl got to sit next to Andrea Libman during the voice actor panel. I know I always get excited when I see younger fans and when I’m vending I usually can’t stop myself from showering them with free swag, and I see other vendors do this all of the time. I actually ran a pony convention this year with my friends and we had a whole room just for kids, and Bronycon has something similar (CMC Clubhouse) that goes on the whole weekend. If you want some proof of this here’s a super sweet blog post by a mom that took her children to a brony convention. Basic summary: Her kids have a great time and got a bunch of free stuff, her little girl says it’s the best day of her life multiple times. The claim that conventions are unsafe for kids has absolutely no basis, and seems pretty flimsy considering how many accommodations they make for children.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE this fandom, like I probably would have stopped drawing years ago if not for bronies and that kind of freaks me out, but it’s not perfect. There are problems for sure, although I think a lot of them aren’t what people usually complain about.
ELITISM! I think way too many bronies are obsessed with being famous or not being famous or having famous friends and it just gives us a bunch of smuggy dicks. I don’t think this attitude is focused on a specific group, such as race, gender, or orientation, it’s just general madness about who has more followers or watchers based on whatever colorful magic horse propaganda so and so made. Fanwork is awesome, and recognition is awesome, but it doesn’t make anyone more important than anyone else. People just take this stuff too seriously, I think the brony fandom could use a dash of humility.
BULLYING! I think this is generally rare, but it does happen and it’s not acceptable. Specifically I’m remembering all the hate that Yamino got after the Derpy fiasco and now there’s Pinkiepony and the DWM drama (though from what I saw it kind of seemed like it was mostly the same few people harassing her). Whether it’s many or few, it’s not okay. My Little Pony is a fictional show, and nothing that happens to it justifies hurting a real person. This shouldn’t damn the entire fandom but it also shouldn’t be brushed aside, don’t be this kind of brony and tell others to stop if you see them acting like this.
PREVIOUS GEN HATE! Honestly I sympathize with some of the anti-bronies that are fans of generations 1-3. Like how much would it suck to suddenly have all these new fans in your long-time fandom that HATE everything you love? Bronies are very specific to Gen 4 and have no problem bashing on the previous generations to the point of burning tapes and destroying toys that some other fan or child might have loved. This is not decent or acceptable, as a fan you ought to respect the history of the show, FiM wouldn’t exist without the other generations and they at least had to be doing something right to inspire Lauren to create the show. You don’t have to like gens 1-3 but at least show an iota of respect for fellow fans that do, it’ll save us all a lot of drama.