Bronies explained: The grown men who love 'My Little Pony' aren't who you think they are
Unless it’s a point of pride.
“We are the weird kids!” one audience member shouted out during Jake’s seminar.
“It’s our job to tell the Brony story,” says Jake, “and I think the Brony story is worth telling.”
There are a couple Brony stories, actually.
Forget your 1980s flashbacks. Yes, it’s true that indirectly, this all started when the U.S. toy behemoth Hasbro birthed a new trinket — a hard-plastic equine with doe eyes and brushable nylon mane and tail — that became a birthday party sensation and inspired a saccharine Saturday morning cartoon.
Bronyism is not about that “My Little Pony.”
Bronyism is specifically about “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” a cartoon reboot that emerged in 2010, with vague similarities to the classic but an entirely new sensibility. It was launched by Lauren Faust, an animator with solid feminist-hipster credentials, who had grown up loving the original, but clearly wanted to propel it into the new century.