WTF: Men Enthralled With Little Pony TV Show

Posted by Kris | Monday, November 07, 2011 | | 0 comments »

When this headline appear on Wall Street Journal (The title seems, this is certainly an article that i must read. I heard of Anime Otaku fanatics, but this does not really make sense. I saw 'Little Pony' cartoons (I just like to watch cartoons as a kid) while I was a kid but don't think I will be attracted or addicted to be a fan when I am a adult!!!  And the sales are growing among men (unexpected demographics) which is something pleasantly surprising for Hasbro who produce the series.

Hey, Bro, That's My Little Pony! Guys' Interest Mounts in Girly TV Show
'Bronies' Enthralled by Cartoon Equines; Characters 'Aren't One-Dimensional'
Then the men heaped their plates with curry and clustered around tables to absorb the Pony cartoon, share trivia about the characters and play show-and-tell with the various plastic Pony toys they had brought along.
Meet the self-described "bronies."
The object of the bronies' fascination is "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," a remake of a 1980s animated TV show for preadolescent girls featuring plucky, candy-colored equines.

Bronies—a mash-up of "bro" and "ponies"—established a quarterly New York convention, called BroNYCon, this year. They've spawned at least two Pony-themed websites and enjoy a thriving subculture of artists whose creations include Pony-inspired music and their own writings about Twilight Sparkle and the gang.

Jessica Blank, a 32-year-old computer programmer who is BroNYCon's organizer, says people inevitably ask her whether the bronies—three-quarters of whom are male—are gay. "Actually, the overwhelming majority are straight," she says

At the recent informal Berkeley gathering, Quinn Johnson, an 18-year-old freshman at the city's University of California campus, showed a Rubik's cube he had customized with homemade "My Little Pony" stickers. Michael Boveda, a 16-year-old high-school junior, proffered a plastic Pony carefully transported in a plastic food container. "I didn't want to ruin the hair," he explained.

The group included four "Pegasisters," as the small minority of female bronies sometimes call themselves in this male-dominated world. Voices escalated, and Ohad Kanne, a 27-year-old studying videogame design, crossed to the TV and turned up the volume on "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."

Leaving the Berkeley gathering, bronies discussed loved ones' reactions. "My sisters say, 'What's wrong with you?' " said Mr. Kanne, who wore a Pony T-shirt. "Luckily, we have this community that understands."