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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

They are among us--what's a "brony" and where can you find them?

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My son works at an area movie theater.  Has since high school.  Occasionally he'll talk about what he sees, and his latest observation was quite, well, culturally enlightening.

His location recently screened the latest "My Little Pony" movie--a cartoon about friendship featuring wide-eyed horses and lots of rainbows aimed at kids in general and little girls in particular.  As the crowd filed in, my kid couldn't help but notice a number of young men in the audience.  Men who weren't fathers of any of the children.  Men who, in some cases, had come with other young guys.

They, he informed me, are 'bronies".   Never heard of such a thing until he clued me in.  My curiosity was peaked/piqued/peeked (?), and I was off to the Googles.

It was there that I found the documentary "Oh Crap, I'm A Brony".   It was there that I found what may be the quintessential definition of what a "brony" is: a person who is a fan of the show "My Little Pony/Friendship Is Magic" who falls outside of the intended age and gender demographic.



My further searching turned up a Milwaukee group of "bronies", as well as a Toronto newspaper story that shows the fad spread into Canada, thus dispelling the myth that the only thing young men north of the border obsess about is hockey.

I choose to judge not--hey, I'm a JFK freak to the point of distraction--and offer this only as an observation, a peak through the window at the world we live in.  In the great pantheon of obsessions, there are no doubt stranger things.   The Internet reminds us of that on a daily basis.

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