Four horsemen replaced by six ponies

It’s the end of the world as he knows it, and the Curmudgeon Emeritus does not feel fine: among our current harbingers of doom he lists the (temporary) resurgence of Newt Gingrich, the apparent inability of Herman Cain to provide snappy answers to stupid questions — and the existence of, um, bronies.

Seriously. Bronies:

Significant numbers of teenaged boys are flocking into a cult around the old My Little Pony cartoon show.

I pointed out that it was, in fact, the new My Little Pony show, Friendship Is Magic, that’s drawing the guys, and while the Curmudgeon seems to be taking this in stride, the commenters seem greatly disturbed. If you ask me, Newt Gingrich is far greater a threat to the Republic than Rainbow Dash — so far as I know, Freddie Mac didn’t offer a dime to anyone in Ponyville or Canterlot — but then nobody asked me.



  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    17 November 2011 · 6:35 pm

    Whatever evil plans Rainbow Dash — ?? — might harbor, the existence of a My Little Pony cult among teenage boys, whether for the new or the old edition of the show, is still pretty strange. However, as the C.S.O. pointed out, it could have been worse: It could have been a cult built around Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealers. (That Raven Waves chick gives me the creeps!)

  2. CGHill »

    17 November 2011 · 8:22 pm

    More than you ever wanted to know about Rainbow Dash, because hey, I’m all about the generosity. (Which is really more Rarity than Rainbow Dash, but this is a small text box, after all.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2011 · 7:20 am

    I dunno, I tend to think there are far worse things teenaged boys could be into. Then again, I have to admit a considerable fondness for the television show myself.

    I actually find the whole Brony phenomenon kind of wonderful, because it seems so unexpected.

  4. McGehee »

    18 November 2011 · 11:57 am

    In my day the only thing equine that teenaged boys were interested was a souped-up Mustang if they could get Mom and Dad to help out with the purchase price and insurance — in return for which, “This way if your car breaks down you can call me to come and pick you up!”

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