1. I never thought I'd say this... But I think this fandom's reached a state of being where I'm actually ashamed to consider myself a part of it. True story.

    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:32:49 UTC from web
    1. @ovation Welcome to the club

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:34:31 UTC from web
    2. @ovation Oh, come now. The fandom has always had its bad parts; the negative is merely highlighted because of the lack of recent canon material to circulate and inspire fan creativity.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:35:48 UTC from web
      1. @dlcentaur No. It was like this back in season 2. It's just happened to reach a critical mass in the last few months. Now, I'm not saying all bronies are annoying tossers, mind you; but a large number of the ones I see walking around and stuff have taken obsession to a new level that's just embarrassing to look at.

        Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:39:56 UTC from web
        1. @ovation Take a second and realize you were most likely at that point.

          Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:41:10 UTC from web
          1. @abigpony Of course I was. But then I realized what a prick I was being and moved on.

            Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:49:52 UTC from web
            1. @ovation Thus, the most likely natural cycle. They'll move on, too. Just realize some of them haven't or feel a strong connection to the show. People are different. It's hypocritical of me, but just tolerate it.

              Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:52:42 UTC from web
              1. @abigpony Trust me, I'm tolerating it enough. But people see that and lump me in to the same bloody category as them; thus, why I have never been, nor will I ever consider myself to be, a brony.

                Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:55:16 UTC from web
                1. @ovation Just don't bring it up. If you do, do it in a joking manner. Don't ever reference the show around non-bronies. It's annoying.

                  Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:58:30 UTC from web
                  1. @abigpony No. no no no. I absolutely refuse to bring it up, even jokingly. Even tiny references. I hold a special loathing in my heart for the people who try to insert "20% [X]", "Eeyup" or any other meme related to ponies, into generl conversation.

                    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:01:00 UTC from web
                    1. @ovation Yeah, just around friends who are into it or something, you can do it jokingly but around others, nah.

                      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:02:35 UTC from web
                      1. @abigpony Not even then. I'm intentionally distancing myself from anything to do with the fandom, aside from one or two artists who couldn't possibly be construed as bronies unless you knew beforehand.

                        Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:05:54 UTC from web
                        1. @ovation Be proud of the fact that you're in the fandom. You just look like a jack** to everybody if you hate it seeing as you were part of it. Don't be a jerk. Embrace it if approached about it and take it in stride.

                          Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:07:53 UTC from web
                          1. @abigpony And that is the point where you'll have to accept my refusal. I may enjoy the show, I may listen to the music, but I simply am not a part of the fandom. I never have been, I never will be. Sorry.

                            Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:09:20 UTC from web
                            1. @ovation You were at a point. It's like trying to deny heritage. Whatever, though. Guess you have no reason to be on here. better skedaddle before someone sees you talking to Bronies.

                              Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:11:32 UTC from web
                              1. @abigpony Oh come on, you know that's not what I meant. All I'm saying is that out in public, I can't associate with the fandom.

                                Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:13:33 UTC from web
                                1. @ovation Then you can't associate with them online. No difference. People see on here, too.

                                  Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:14:43 UTC from web
                                  1. @abigpony No they don't. I fail to see how a website I visit on my computer, in my own home, can be seen by the people I know.

                                    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:17:16 UTC from web
                                    1. @ovation People online see. I realized what I said was kind of stupid, though. Still, if you can't own up to it in real life just because you're afraid it'll "Soil your reputation" I doubt you have a very good reputation (or self-respect for that matter) to start.

                                      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:18:56 UTC from web
                                      1. @abigpony Ahh, but the only people online who would see are exactly those who don't care about the brony image. (i.e. the bronies themselves.)

                                        Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:22:47 UTC from web
                                        1. @ovation I care about it and I'm sure other people do as well. I'm more ashamed of people like you who are too afraid to embrace their time as a brony, time they wholly enjoyed, to even just play it cool with the image then the people who ARE out there supporting a community they love. Sure, they're weird and sure they're consumer whores who cave in to the image of a pony and sure they're probably giving that money to people who are only in the community for money or fame, but at least they can stick by their convictions and support people such as you and me by keeping the community many millions strong.

                                          Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:27:50 UTC from web
        2. @ovation Hmm. Well, I can't deny that such behavior is occurring, but that is nothing to lose hope in the fandom over! What exactly do you consider to be "Obsessed?"

          Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:43:51 UTC from web
          1. @dlcentaur I'm just saying that there's a certain line that goes from being a fan, to being just plain creepy. I'm talking about the guys with about $5000 of pony merch, (Don't laugh, I know a bloke who actually has that much, perhaps more.) I'm talking about the ones that scream at everyone they know, "OMG Y HAVEN'T U SEEN TEH SHOW YET????? FLUTTERSHY IS BESTEST PONY!!!!" etc. I mean the ones that cover every. Single. Inch of available clothing in pony pins and stickers and patches, who own every single toy ever made and can recite every episode by heart. I know people who've done that and more. Now, don't get me wrong; this fandom's created a lot of amazing things. I've seen some brilliant music, art, writing, and even some quality animation, but the media (and thus, the public at large) isn't going to show that. Instead we get portrayed as the "group of pedophiles that watch animated ponies"

            Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:50:10 UTC from web
            1. @ovation >pedophiles

              Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:51:24 UTC from web
              1. @pony Precisely my point. See how outrageous that sounds? Yet people believe it because that's what humans *do*. They judge things based on appearances.

                Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:54:11 UTC from web
            2. @ovation No we aren't. We haven't been in, like, a year. You're talking about a very small minority of the large majority in that post and it's unfair.

              Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:55:48 UTC from web
              1. @abigpony Yes, I'm talking about a small minority of the fandom because that's how the media portrays them. I'm not saying you're all like that (Now that would be unfair) but that image is what gets presented to the public, so that's how you're viewed.

                Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:59:05 UTC from web
                1. @ovation No it isn't. If you read any recent news articles we're presented as something along the lines of a group of young adults who are challenging gender stereotypes by liking the show and are producing great stuff from it. Trust me, that stereotype is just as annoying, but it's not what you're talking about.

                  Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:00:52 UTC from web
                  1. @abigpony Well my apologies then. I wasn't aware that the image of bronies had changed. But my point still stands; it's a negative image thing, even if it's become more neutral lately.

                    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:04:23 UTC from web
                    1. @ovation no, we're seen as, like, heroes. Society changers.

                      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:06:16 UTC from web
                      1. @abigpony Never have I heard those terms used to describe bronies, but maybe I'm just hanging out in the wrong parts of Canada.

                        Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:07:12 UTC from web
            3. @ovation Yup. I must agree with you there. And, unfortunately, that is the way it'll stay. There are always going to be people who take it too far, and the media is always going to be there to cash in on those who do. :/

              Sunday, 11-Nov-12 09:57:37 UTC from web
    3. @diamonddragon Hi!

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:02:41 UTC from web
    4. @diamonddragon School work, I suppose.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:03:37 UTC from web
    5. @diamonddragon Yes, hello, good morning/afternoon/evening.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:14:20 UTC from web
    6. @diamonddragon Uh-huh.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:18:04 UTC from web
    7. @diamonddragon It's my entertainment for the night. The best debates always come from people defending something they love passionately.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:24:35 UTC from web
    8. @diamonddragon Indeed.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:27:03 UTC from web
    9. @diamonddragon I was just kind of typing as I was going. I don't entirely know what I said.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:31:57 UTC from web
    10. @diamonddragon I wrote that. I can't dig that. 2 deep 4 me.

      Sunday, 11-Nov-12 10:39:55 UTC from web