i wasn’t going to do this but,
Gather ‘round children i have a story to tell.
this is my niece.
She just turned seven April 8th. Some of you probably have seen this picture already but its one of the only ones i got of her so meh.
My niece is in the target demographic for MLP. She adores the show. Her favorite ponies are Pinkie and Fluttershy, and she can do any line from any episode if you ask.
Now I’m not gonna really go into detail, but this kid’s been through a lot. And the few times I get to see her, she immediately reaches for the remote so she can turn on the DVR. Pony is her escape from her life. She loves it so much. And she never really had anyone to share it with until she started coming over.
We sing songs together, color together, watch episodes together you name it. If it has to do with pony, we’ve done it. And it makes her so happy to the point that when its time to go back home, she doesn’t want to leave.
Why am i bringing this up?
Well I’ll explain. A few people know this story already but ill tell it anyway. My niece loves Equestria Girls, the movies and the song that was a parody of California Gurls. Now, one listen, she heard Pinkie say, “Bronies hang out too!” And she asked me what bronies were.
I told her they were men and women but mostly men a bit older than her who watched the show. She practically shit herself with excitement. She was ecstatic. “Show me! Show me!” She said. So I showed her pictures of cosplayers and videos from Bronycon and I swear I never saw her so happy in her life. She didn’t see these people as a threat. She didn’t think they were “stealing” the show away from her. She was so happy because there were people just like me who she could talk to, and not get shhhed or have to explain everything.
The next time I saw her she kept bringing me things: her Fluttershy Build-A-Bear, the toy Pinkie she got from McDonald’s, the Rarity brushable I brought her. I asked her why she was giving me this stuff and she said “Here! Now you can share these things with your brony friends!”
She wanted me to share these things with grown people. It’s kind of hilarious when you think about it, but it kind of warmed my heart. Because she doesn’t have much when it comes to pony stuff. (I buy her things when I can.) But she was so willing to let go of them for a while because she wanted me to share them with my brony friends.
Kids don’t care if grown men watch My Little Pony. Kids see me walk around in my pony shirts and run up screaming and giggling like idiots. They love the fact that they can talk to so many people about what they like. My niece barely knows anything about the brony fandom and welcomed it with open arms.
That’s how it’s supposed to be.
When kids are less judgmental then some grown people on here, that should really say something about you, and your attitude.