Bronies explained: The grown men who love 'My Little Pony' aren't who you think they are

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Unless it’s a point of pride.

Bronies explained: The grown men who love 'My Little Pony' aren't who you think they are

“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.

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