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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the creepiest-charity-award-goes-to dept.

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blackbearnh writes "There's a long history of media fandoms organizing fundraising campaigns, donating blood, and doing other charitable activities. However, even large and well-established groups such as Trekkies/ers and Star Wars fans usually work with established non-fannish charities like the Red Cross or Toys for Tots. Some may see them as a plague on the Internet, the Brony community has taken their charitable endeavors to the next level by going to the trouble of creating a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. The Brony Thank You Fund received word from the IRS last week that, after nearly a year of work, they had been granted tax-exempt status. The Fund is currently raising donations to endow a permanent animation scholarship at CalArts, and is the same group that made news last year when they became the first fan group to purchase commercial time on national TV, for a 30 second spot praising My Little Pony and encouraging donations to Toys for Tots."

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Just shoot me now (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716347)

My faith in humanity has reached an all time low.

Re:Just shoot me now (4, Insightful)

quasius (1075773) | about a year ago | (#43716369)

People trying to make the world a better place- it's awful!

Re:Just shoot me now (2)

readingaccount (2909349) | about a year ago | (#43716691)

Pablo Escobar was known to provide to charities and give aid to the poor. Perhaps he was also trying to make the world (or at least his part of it) a better place. Does mean he was particularly nice though.

Not trying to say the Bronies are as bad as Colombian drug lords, just shooting down your argument.

fruity pebbles! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716351)

I love fruity pebbles with my frosty piss. Too bad this is a biden :(

Brohoof (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716359)

Brohoof to fellow bronies.
This is the sort of thing that makes our fandom so great.

Re:Brohoof (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716441)

Now you guys only need to stop acting like little girls and you will be as respectable as Jar-Jar Binks fans.

Re:Brohoof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716703)

Jar-Jar Binks fans? Is that a thing?

I hope there's a version of the original trilogy with Jar-Jar edited in to all of the movies.

Re:Brohoof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716785)

If there enough NRA Star Wars fans, that could be profitable - they'd buy out the supply to 'properly' dispose of it.

Re:Brohoof (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716749)

Brohoof to fellow bronies.
This is the sort of thing that makes our fandom so great.

The last thing I want around my kids are a bunch of adult men who never emotionally advanced past the 3rd grade.

Re:Brohoof (1)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#43716885)

I hope you succeed in convincing the judge to void your visitation rights, because being obsessed with avoiding cooties from girly stuff is a pretty good sign of elementary-school-level emotional development.

Re:Brohoof (1)

foniksonik (573572) | about a year ago | (#43716897)

Because insulting people you haven't met and know nothing about is oh so mature. Way to be a role model mr. dad.

Re:Brohoof (2)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716899)

That last thing I want around your kids is a father who characterizes groups of people with false prejudicial strawmen. Hopefully you don't judge your own kids in such an asinine way, or they will be quite damaged.

Call me a neigh sayer (4, Insightful)

SWroclawski (95770) | about a year ago | (#43716365)

I guess it's good they're doing charity, but it's just so creepy.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (-1, Troll)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716479)

I understand completely. This gives me a brain destroying case of cognitative dissonance.

On one hand, we have people who are clearly suffering from a clinical fixation disorder, complete with fettishistic compulsiveness...

And yet that compulsiveness causes them to attempt to improve the conditions of other people's lives, in a truly philanthropic fashion, and are deadpan serious about it.

Its like seeing bowel parasites that confer immortality.

Or honest politicians, honestly campaigning for real public good.

The usual stint from groups like this is "our fettishism is perfectly normal even though it imposes upon our daily lives in cleary deleterious ways! You simply HAVE to accept our brand of living as normal, when by the numbers, it clearly isn't!". We see this from furries, who dress up in costumes and do...(redacted).. and (redacted), and and generally make their presence as annoying pervasive as possible, frequently overwhelming message boards and game communities under cearly unsolicited image spam and flamewars.

But in this case? Nope. Not the outcome.

So, with trepidation, I approve of this tactic. Just don't activate the orbital friendship cannon, and please avoid the use of "everypony" in sentences.

Not everyone shares the... uniqueness... of that particular obcession.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (5, Insightful)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716547)

So if a girl likes a guy thing like football or wearing pants that aren't skirts, that's normal.

But if a guy likes a girl thing, it's clinical fixation disorder.

You are what is wrong with society.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (4, Interesting)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716611)

No, it's clinical fixation disorder when they fill their house with plushies, obcessively decorate their correspondence, make public displays of their obcesson, and insist that these are normal, and not obcessive.

In short, you can like my little pony all you want. But when you go so far as to modify your life such that it now revolves around that show, and you feel compelled to convert others to your obcesson, then there is a problem.

There is a difference between intolerance, and refusal to be converted.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716655)

So then a guy who fills his house with sports memorabilia and always wears the team jersey has clinical fixation disorder?

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (2)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716759)

If doing so causes him trouble in his personal life, or causes him emotional harm, yes.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716817)

If doing so causes him trouble in his personal life, or causes him emotional harm, yes.

Which is most sports fan I've known. Their dating pool is limited because they can only date women who put up with it, they get depressed when their teams lose, they get into arguments or even fights with fans from other teams, they'll eschew other social obligations to watch sports, they'll even eschew other social opportunities in order to play in fantasy sports leagues. Fun fact: here in WI, any day the Packers lose is going to be one of the days with the highest number of reported domestic abuse incidents that year.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716771)

Let's just skip to the end: Anyone who likes anything I don't like has a mental disorder.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (5, Informative)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716815)

More like this AC.

"Anyone who's favored dive is so compulsive that it dominates their emotional lives, at the deficit of other interests and social interactions has a disorder."

In other words, when your devotion to an object of interest (sports, ponies, animated characters, Jesus, whatever) is so intensely overwelming that it overrides all other interests, and dominates your life, it is mentally unhealthy.

This is defined by the DSM.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716779)

Personally I think he's a loser either way. People need a sense of self that isn't some brand.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716979)

So then a guy who fills his house with sports memorabilia and always wears the team jersey has clinical fixation disorder?

It's not about male vs. female interests, it's about an adult fixating on a children's show. But yes, the Sports Guy probably has his own kind of fixation, the point is his is on an adult level... he's not secretly wishing he could win a patty-cake or 4-square contest.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716667)

> In short, you can like my little pony all you want. But when you go so far as to modify your life such that it now revolves around that show, and you feel compelled to convert others to your obcesson, then there is a problem.

What about religious people whose lives revolve around the religion and they try to convert others to the religion?

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716773)

As an agnostic, why would I exclude religious dogmatism from the category? It fits all the criteria doesn't it?

From a long suffering Cardinals fan: (5, Funny)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43716687)

"modify your life such that it now revolves around that show, and you feel compelled to convert others to your obcesson"

So, what were you saying about Chicago Cubs fans here in central Illinois?

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#43716813)

Every subculture has people like that, and in all of them, they are the minority. I suppose you also assume that all furries are fursuiters, all gays march in pride parades, all trekkies own Bat'leths or Spock ears, and everyone who has ever liked a Star Wars film writes "Jedi" when the census comes knocking? You really need to stop diagnosing people with stereotypes. People aren't as crazy as you think.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (2)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716855)

The irony here is thick enough to apply to sliced bread, and make into a sandwich.

I said when people's lives revolve around the fixation (the spock ears, et al of your post), *THEN* there is a problem.

Since those people represent a vocal minority, (not all startrek fans are "trekies". Some just think its fun to watch.) The are not the subject of discussion.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (3, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | about a year ago | (#43716893)

Assuming fandom equals obsession is rather absurd, don't you think? No one is saying obsession is bad, but jumping from MLP fandom straight to obsession, as if trying to imply they are somehow more linked than other obsessions and baselines, is pretty silly. Sure, there are obsessive bronies. There are also sports nuts, crazed foodies, people who played video games to death, [bbc.co.uk] animal hoarders, and all sorts of other obsessions out there. The obsessive minority does not define the baseline.

You average brony is basically just another person, going about life just like everyone else. Everyone likes different things and has different hobbies, just like Trekkies, Whovians, ect. This just so happens to be something we like.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716625)

You should be terminated, obviously fucking defective.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716755)

Don't confuse OFD your OCD little brony.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716913)

So if a girl likes a guy thing like football or wearing pants that aren't skirts, that's normal.

But if a guy likes a girl thing, it's clinical fixation disorder.

When an adult obsesses over a children's thing, that's a clinical fixation disorder. You choose to only focus on the people who have a problem with it being "a girl" thing, because that gives you an emotional foothold to justify your inability to function as an adult.

Most Bronies are simply Emo kids who got older, and still haven't grown up. We put up with your sniveling when you were a kid, because that's how kids act... but you're an adult now so suck it up, Princess.

P.S. I fully expect this post to be downmodded into oblivion by a herd of pissed off Bronies who can't even follow the directions given in their own show to "love and cherish" everyone.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716993)

So what you're saying is - when you reach a certain age, you should stop liking certain things Because You Said So.

Brilliant.

Sounds like your inner child died, misery loves company, and you want to drag everyone else down to your cynical hellhole.

Re:Call me a neigh sayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716997)

You need to stop rationalizing your weirdness.

I like how your Flickr claims you photoshop on a 52" 1080p display and anything else isn't seeing all the details. TV's are low resolution and unpleasant, your photos are expectedly awful.

woot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716367)

GNAA first post

Re:woot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716835)

Is the GNAA still desperately trying to DDOS all popular brony sites to get people to notice the GNAA and think they matter?

Thank you (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716371)

No, thank you.

Huh... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716375)

So on the hierarchy of nerddom, do we consider them lower than Furries?

I mean, they're like the pedophiles of nerddom, so I would think so.

Re:Huh... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716527)

So on the hierarchy of nerddom, do we consider them lower than Furries?

I mean, they're like the pedophiles of nerddom, so I would think so.

No, Furries are Lower than Bronies.

Re:Huh... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716571)

Lies, furries are more ancient pervasive and subversive then bronies. They also cover a gender neutral segment of society. They will always be here. Were this is probably a passing fad and will be absorbed into GLBT-dom or be absorbed into furrydom itself.

"Bro"nies by it's very nature is sexist.

It is just another -ism and this is the first time male rebellion against its archetypal image isn't resulting in mass lynching, sterilization, and imprisonment for insanity.

Re:Huh... (1)

blackbearnh (637683) | about a year ago | (#43716599)

Interesting... Did you know that 85% of female bronies dislike or are at best neutral to the term "pegasister"? Bro is gender neutral in this day and age.

Re:Huh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716729)

I was not even informed that there were girl bronies. Interesting.

However they do infest a few boards I visit, so I have had some interaction with the males.

Re:Huh... (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43716853)

Interesting... Did you know that 85% of female bronies dislike or are at best neutral to the term "pegasister"? Bro is gender neutral in this day and age.

maybe they don't like it because it sounds retarded, not due to any gender identification.

sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716405)

one of my close friends is a furry and today he used the word brony. i had no idea what it meant. i completely get it now.

Fucking Gayer Than AIDS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716407)

What has happened to my country?

Can someone explain bronies? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716433)

is it a prank? rebranded furries? an ironic hipster meme collapsed under its own weight and is now self aware? inquiring minds want to know!

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (4, Insightful)

blackbearnh (637683) | about a year ago | (#43716457)

How about people who are genuinely appreciative of an animated cartoon with all-ages appeal, quality animation, and great voice work.

Not everything needs to be some kind of snarky ironic entity. There's room in the world for sincerity, as much as the Internet tries to beat that sentiment into oblivion.

And for the record, less than 20% of bronies self-identify as furries, the vast majority are heterosexual, and the fandom has nothing to do with pedophilia.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (0, Flamebait)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716529)

Not all fettishisms are sexual.

Bronies suffer from fettishism. It isn't sexual.

It however, is a fettish concerning a subject usually shared almost exclusively by little girls in the ages 6 to 12 category.

Startek nerds are similarly fettishistic, as are starwars nerds. It classifies as a disorder when it causes negative disruptions in your daily life, as defined by the DSM.

People with fettishes aren't evil, just a little odd. That oddity isn't always a bad thing. It's just important that people who have fettishistic obcessions be aware that the objects of those fettishes aren't always shared by the majority of other people, and the intensity of their devotion is often off putting.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1, Offtopic)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716553)

^^^ Take it from the expert who can't spell "Fetish".

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (0)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716585)

Hooray for ad hominem man, who heroically charges into the internet to make the false assertion that because somebody misspells a word, they don't know what it means, and used it incorrectly!

Through his tireless efforts, people everywhere are led to believe that his accomplice, the malignant Grammar Nazi, is actually a force for good in the world (and not the pedantic a-hole he really is!), through diverting attention away from the original topic, and into deadends of nonsequitors and outright logical tautologies, thus ensuring that the topics he finds disfavorable are not actually the ones discussed, but instead the red herrings and other logical fallacies he drops at every turn!

Tune in next week kids, when Adhominem and grammar nazi man join a political discussion about tax reform, and assert that one of the participants is a slobbering idiot for holding a seemingly rational position on a topic, because he misspelled gubernatorial!

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1, Insightful)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716615)

It is not a false assertion that actual experts on a subject know how to spell said subject.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716633)

But it is a false assertion that I am an expert.

I have simply read the DSM. That *is* what it says about when something becomes a disorder.

You are welcome to look it up yourself.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716661)

You mean the DSM that many people are now abandoning? Or the one that said homosexuality was a disorder?

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716883)

The one that is still the basic standard by which mental disorders are characterized.

It has had many revisions. The definition of when a subject becomes a disorder is pretty straight forward.

The issue at hand is the stigma associated with mental illness.

True to your character though, you have indeed derailed the conversation exactly as predicted wit a red herring. Congratulations.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (0)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716903)

Honestly, it was derailed from the moment you said "fettish" and "obcession". If I wanted to read retard-speak, I'd look at a kid's texts.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (0)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716951)

Adhominem man, ladies and gentlemen, let's give him a big round of applause for living up to his name.

(Here's a hint. Your personal foibles about how horrible it is to see a misspelled word are not conserved by everyone, and as much as you would wish for it to be, misspelling a word, even consistently, is not a sign of a lack of intelligence. Conflating the two however, sadly is.)

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43716977)

So far, the only other person who replied made the same point as me, so evidence points to my assertion, not yours. Try as you might. (Also, you realize calling someone adhominem man is, itself, an ad hominem, right?)

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43716869)

to be fair, your argument was about fetishes, and you pervasively misspelled the word, so it kinda undercut ur argument. just sayin.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1, Insightful)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43716557)

You're locking up the stable after the horse has already bolted, as it were.

The boring truth about most fandoms can hardly compete with the lurid imaginations of those desperately searching for someone they can consider more hopeless than they are.

Remember. These are Slashdot ACs, the most pathetic losers ever to inhabit their mom's basement. 'Nuff said.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716683)

Hey! Maybe I'm an AC because it's too late to get a low id, so I'm waiting to get the biggest one. Ever thought of that you insensitive clod with a 6 digits id?!

Seriously, some of us lurks and talk very little. We're not all basement dwellers or online jerks.

Nothing as self righteous as a reformed... (1)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43716757)

The only reason I have a 6 digit ID is because I hung around as an AC for some time before bothering to register. :)

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1, Informative)

_KiTA_ (241027) | about a year ago | (#43716511)

is it a prank? rebranded furries? an ironic hipster meme collapsed under its own weight and is now self aware? inquiring minds want to know!

Yes, it's a form of Furry Fandom. Basically "Furries" as modern people know it were the same thing as bronies, except instead of being fans of My LIttle Pony they were fans of Robin Hood, Albedo, or Omaha the Cat Dancer.

These modern furries are just coming from the My LIttle Pony reboot, which apparently is a very good show (never bothered). They try to distance themselves from the "old" furry fandom, but there is an incredible amount of overlap in the two communities, both in members, culture, and themes.

One thing "Bronies" do have going for them is there are a lot (a LOOOT) of Internet savvy Bronies, most of which are connected with the kind of places where memes get started (Reddit, SomethingAwful, etc). This means that Bronies have, so far, avoided the same "Furries = Perverts" forced meme that SomethingAwful pushed out.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43716577)

" "Furries = Perverts" forced meme that SomethingAwful pushed out."

The real joke of this, is a number of the SA Goons who pushed the anti-furry meme hardest are furries themselves. (And at least a couple of those are regular posters here on Slashdot. They can out themselves if they wish. I'll just whistle innocently.;)

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43716741)

All I can say with certainty about the furry fandom, and its predelections for depictions of sexual gratification, and other things commonly associated with being "perverted", is that during that particular era, I had numerous requests to illustrate such scenes, which I tacitly declined to do, and when I did make an anthropromorphised character, frequently had lurid demands of giving it a giant dick hurled my way.

My response to these tactics was to produce Guro images involving furries demanding giant penises, getting said penises in ways they clearly did not find favorable.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43716881)

"Guro images involving furries demanding giant penises,getting said penises in ways they clearly did not find favorable"

Somehow, I bet there would be a market for those. (It's sort of an extension of rule 34)

Welcome to fandom of all kinds. From fantasy chainmail bikinis with "modifications" to anime drawings that defy the laws of physics (let alone any form of taste).

It comes from having human beings that don't necessarily have a whole lot of social skills and do have a whole lot of androgens.

Imagine what the fandom for lingerie football must be like.

Every fandom has its "Erma Felna with a crowbar" stories.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43716895)

wtf is a furry? sounds really messed up... and pervy. sex with animals? no thank you!

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (1)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#43716981)

Welcome to the internet; I see you're new here. There's a useful reference section right around the corner called "Wikipedia" where you can often get introductory answers to questions like yours: what is a furry? [wikipedia.org] . From this, you should be able to learn that being a "furry" does not equate to being "pervy" (assuming by that you mean "interested in sexual activity besides missionary-position procreative copulation within marriage"), and has nothing whatsoever to do with screwing animals.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (5, Insightful)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#43716543)

Real sincerity is the new ironic fake sincerity.

Actually, the show writing isn't the horrible syrup you might expect --- it's actually made to be tolerable for a parent to watch alongside their kids. There are frequent joke references that would go *completely over* the head of the "target" demographic age, but are thrown in for 20 to 30-year-olds. The voice/character acting is high quality. There is surprisingly little blatant "buy all our playsets and toys!" pushy in-show merchandizing (especially for a kids' TV show produced by a *toy company*). And the main character is a "nerd" portrayed in very positive light --- the show has a refreshing air of anti-anti-intellectualism, and is the opposite of "math is hard! let's go shopping!" Barbie.

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (4, Interesting)

foniksonik (573572) | about a year ago | (#43716987)

I've watched every episode and can say without a doubt that the production quality of the show is extremely good. The story arcs are well crafted, the character building is great and even the side plots have a purpose beyond mere entertainment. The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was the Miss America tie in for last season's finale. It fell flat IMHO. The finale itself was good though.

Gotta say I'm a Pinkie Pie fan, her slapstick comedy routines are timed perfectly. She did a spit take in one episode that had me ROFL.

If I were to place MLP with a peer set of TV series it would be Breaking Bad, The Wire, DragonBallZ, FireFly, Cowboy BeeBop and maybe GOT (it still hasn't proven itself, we'll see how this season wraps up).

Re: Can someone explain bronies? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716961)

It's simple.

We filled our world with plastic... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
And this one we used alot has some hormone like properties... Female hormone that is...

(Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor which can mimic estrogen and has been shown to cause negative health effects in animal studies. More specifically, bisphenol A closely mimics the structure and function of the hormone estradiol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estradiol) with the ability to bind to and activate the same estrogen receptor as the natural hormone. Early developmental stages appear to be the period of greatest sensitivity to its effects, and some studies have linked prenatal exposure to later physical and neurological difficulties.)

So a generation that grew up awash in this yummy plastic female hormone.... Have all turned into little girls.

This will have vast and far reaching long term consequences for our society over the next couple of generations...
Bronies are just one of the more disturbing and obvious of these.

Oops.

For Geldings only? (-1, Troll)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about a year ago | (#43716491)

I heard that this scholarship is only available for Brony Geldings and you have to attend all classes at CalArts in full Brony regalia complete with halter.

Goes off to google brony... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716497)

/me Goes off to Google brony... comes back scarred for life.

Re:Goes off to google brony... (1)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#43716743)

Is there any search keyword for which sufficient indiscriminate googling would not result in traumatic horrors? By a simple corollary of "rule 34", any subject googled in ignorance will appear disturbingly perverted.

not charity (1)

D1G1T (1136467) | about a year ago | (#43716541)

Sarcastically creating a scholarship so students can learn make more soul-crushingly-commercial toy-selling animation hardly qualifies as charity.

Re:not charity (2)

blackbearnh (637683) | about a year ago | (#43716591)

1) Unless you think that pretty much every piece of quality animation produced in the last 30 years (Iron Giant, Dexter's Laboratory, everything from Pixar, etc.) is "soul-crushingly-commercial toy-selling animation", you might want to do a little research on CalArts and their animation program.

2) In addition to the scholarship, the Brony Thank You Fund also donated nearly $20,000 to Toys for Tots, over $10,000 to the College View School, and over $1,600 each to GLSEN and Engineers without Borders in the last 12 months. Bronies for Good (a brony fundraising group) raised over $100,000 to aid an orphanage.

The only sarcasm I can detect around here is yours...

Re:not charity (2)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year ago | (#43716613)

How many episodes of the show have you watched? I was surprised by the *lack* of soul-crushingly-commercial toy-selling actually in the episodes. And I'm generally an extremely cynical, anti-corporate, anti-capitalist type. There may be plenty of slimy child brainwashing manipulation going on in separate toy ads, but the show material itself seems a lot less marketing-driven than the majority of kid's TV shows.

Kor Memorial Scholarship (5, Interesting)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | about a year ago | (#43716619)

The Fund is currently raising donations to endow a permanent animation scholarship at CalArts

The Klingon Language Institute also has a scholarship [kli.org] so fandom born scholarships are not unheard off.

Heh. (4, Interesting)

ZorinLynx (31751) | about a year ago | (#43716699)

Watched the show at the behest of a friend. Liked it, it was very enjoyable. Told a different friend about it.

She got about ten times more into it than I did. She started a meetup group in New York, then created a brony *convention*. She invited me to come up and help.

So I did. And I met a bunch of new, fun people in the process.

I always liked the show, but never took it as far as some of the other fans. The whole thing ended up causing me to meet a large group of fun, quirky people, so overall it was very positive.

I haven't been too involved in the past year, since a ton of drama started up and I got tired of hearing about it. I'll probably still watch the show, but my days of flying up to NYC for cons is over.

Though I'll likely be up there to visit friends in the summer. Oh, and Rarity is best pony. Sorry folks. :)

Re:Heh. (2)

Pentium100 (1240090) | about a year ago | (#43716943)

I am similar - I like the show, like some of the fanfics, have a few figures but that's it. I'd rather buy a good tape deck than some expensive (custom) figure etc. Don't know of any meetups within ~30km of where I live, but I would probably go to one if there was one and I had time.

Oh, and Twilight is best pony. And now she is best princess too (Luna is a really close second though).

Autism Speaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716821)

They should raise awareness for auti- oh wait...

Self-congratulation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716875)

That's great, but boy oh boy are bronies self-congratulatory.

Next step (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43716901)

Either a weird pony official religion or a pony political party.

I am SO conflicted... (0)

Shoten (260439) | about a year ago | (#43716971)

On one hand, the concept of the "bronies" seems good enough, based on good and decent qualities and a form of compassion that is all too rare. But, on the other hand, the concept of guys who are into living life according to the principles put forth by "My Little Pony" makes me want to scream "FAGGOTS FAGGOTS FAGGOTS" at a deafening pitch for hours on end. Especially when you consider that the whole thing was nothing more than a vehicle to advertise a bunch of toys.

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