GRAND FINALE – Meme #5 My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic

16 Apr

Haha, the fun has been doubled!

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I am not kidding. This show, intended for little girls, has gained a much larger audience on the Internet. Including teenagers and working adults. You might say, “A childish cartoon? Are you kidding me?”. Now I would like to provide a counter-argument to that. This is a cartoon. But it is in no way “childish”. The stories are, in my opinion, very well-written. The animation is gorgeous and smooth, a lot better than a lot of cartoons today. The characters are very well-developed and lovable. 

Regardless of sexual orientation, age or job, male viewers of the series are all known as “bronies”, or “brony” in the singular. It can also be loosely used to describe female viewers of the show. Some might argue, “These are grown men. They should not be watching a show for little girls.” My, along with every brony’s reply, is NO. This statement reflects the deeply rooted stereotypes for males in our society. Why are we not allowed to do what we like?

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The MLP:FiM fanbase isone of the most supportive fanbases ever. Fans of the series have flooded websites such as 4chan and Deviantart, so much that 4chan had to set up a separate site. Fanart for the series are submitted to websites such as equestriadaily.com on a daily basis. Fan fiction for the show is written by many budding writers. The brony phenomenon is a global one. Yes, even in Singapore. In a meritocratic society where children and teenagers spend most of their time studying in school, and adults working, there is a group of bronies. They are known as the Singapore Bronies Society. And I will admit it here. I am part of it.

The journey has been long and tiring. We have reached the end of these five posts. Hopefully I have given you a better grasp of Internet memes. If you still need enrichment… KnowYourMeme is here to keep you company.

See you starside.

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