This made me too angry to even want to write a joke about it.
Rainbow Dash makes everything better, especially in black and white.
On SHOW, we often speculate about why MLP seems to have struck such a strong chord with today’s Internet manchildren. One of our favorite theories is bolstered by the fact that many, if not most, of bronies came of age during the time of 4chan and this new trolling culture, raised online in a dog-eat-dog world of lulz until they developed a tough reptilian hide impervious to human feeling. Now they’re hungering for that human connection that they never had but, having learned that feeling is weakness, they don’t know what it is that they seek.
Somehow, a children’s cartoon about pastel colored horses have given them the permission to feel again. But they can only allow themselves those feelings when something is filtered through that pony prism.
That holocaust picture confirms the theory, in my opinion. WHERE IS MY RESEARCH GRANT
That’s the most logical explanantion I can think of why adult bronies seem to find the kindergarten level lessons of MLP to be huge earth-shattering revelations. DUDE, I LIVE ACCORDING TO THE ELEMENTS OF HARMONY LOVE AND TOLERATE BLLAAAARG
Seriously, this _is_ the sort of phenomenon that keeps sociologists, psychologists, and even anthropologists up all night writing papers. And precisely for the reasons you state. For an awful lot of these folks, MLP was the first time they ran into something as simple and sincere as a bunch of cartoon ponies going through the sort of friendship issues most of them never had the opportunity to experience. As you say, they grew up with their cynicism and irony levels turned up to 11, and it’s smacked them between the eyes as to what they missed out on during their childhoods. And that HURTS. But because their filter sets have been built though those shit-colored glasses, you still end up with things like the above images. As I’ve said time and again, it’s not unlike discovering that Osama bin Laden was secretly a fan of Rainbow Brite.No matter how avid, the viewpoint is still going to be flawed.
As I approach 50, with over half that time spent in various fandoms, I’ve grown less interested in poking fun at foibles and more in the thing that make such things positive movements. I don’t ignore the existence of the more egregious elements, but it’s more satisfying to promote the good things instead of bad while doing what i can to curb the effects of those bad ones. Human memory is already hardwired to remember bad things over good, we don’t have to give it any assistance.