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I must confess, I started this week in a bit of a foul mood.  My Tumblr Dashboard, my Twitter homepage, even my personal email were overflowing with "OMG!  HAVE YOU SEEN THE LYRA SEX TOY!  MY LITTLE PONY IS RUINED FOREVER!!!!" messages.  All of them complete with photographic evidence.  Everywhere I turned, from Reddit to Ponibooru was like the ruined battlefield of a civil war reenactment staged by green pony butts.  And you know what?  The first, let's say, dozen times I saw it, I said to myself "Self, that's the end.  It was a fun ride, but it's time to nuke the site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure."  Then I realized I was talking to myself again, and decided to just sit back, relax, and avoid the plot that devours nations.

Of course avoiding it was out of the question because the bloody thing was everywhere!  For all I could tell it was being simulcast twenty-four hours a day by all the major networks, FOX, and ESPN 8- The Ocho.  I was waiting for my mom to send me an email asking "Is that the kind of thing you and your brownies are into?"

So, I was upset, it made me feel like as a fandom all we've really got to look forward to is a downward spiral into Lovecraftian madness.  Worse, I feel like I have enough trouble explaining why an adult woman with a relatively normal life and career spends so much time drawing and so much money buying Little Ponies.  

But if there's one thing I've learned in my short time as a fan, it's that crazy reactions tend to spur equal and opposite levels of overreaction.  Rather than join in the rending of We Love Fine garments and gnashing of teeths, I decided to just focus on not panicking and have fun with the absurdity of it all. And apparently a lot of other fans felt the same way.

It was cathartic.  Instead of going all loose cannon and throwing my brony badge down on the Chief's desk, I poked fun at the whole fracas...er, ruckus.  I got to laugh with the joke rather than weep in its general direction.

So, yeah.  People are going to do weird shit.  The word "fan" comes from "fanatic" for a reason.  But that's true of anything.  From Star Trek to Dark Shadows to Hello Kitty, there are always going to be folks who take their love into creepy, biblical directions.  But it's not the end of the world nor the end of the show that we love.  It's just a thing.  And a downright silly thing at that.
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Tarmist25 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
At first I was horrified but then I got crazier. And started laughing 'cause the whole situation was hilarious. Yes, this anatomically correct Lyra plush was wreaking havoc everywhere. Seriously‽ 
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sss158 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
A WHO,WHAT TOY!!!!? D:
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Argofinkal Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Oh boy, do I know about it...

I see some of the... reactions people have about things they like (or against the people that don't like what they do) and go "whoa, putting the 'fan' back in 'fanatic'"... sure, sometimes the strength of the reaction is justified, but something like this... wouldn't it be better to let it fade?

About the toy, my personal reaction was just 'wait, seriously? This is real?' and that's it.
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ShadowRunner27 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go go gadget normalcy. :lol:
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Scrooples Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for restoring the peace
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Thorlol Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I used to be disturbed about the plush... until I took a beer cozy joke to the knee
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Thorlol Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Well, on the bright side the jokes made from it gave me more laughs in one day than a usual week gives me.
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
First time I saw that thing, I was like:

:iconshockedlunaplz: :iconsays1plz: WTF!!!!?

But those images in the link you provided were certainly good for a chuckle. I think even a couple of people on here posted their own renditions of the "horn warmer" use for that damned thing.

Too bad I can't draw, because I'd portray myself using that thing as a head cover for my golf driver. ;P

BTW, I fell in love with Star Trek long before I fell in love with MLP. I call myself a "Trekkie" as well as a "brony". Though a friend of mine says I'm more of a "trekker" rather than a "trekkie", because I wouldn't dress up in a starfleet uniform, or put on Spock ears, before going to a convention, and I certainly don't do "the nasty" with a Captain Kirk blow up doll! *shudders*

He'd probably say I wasn't a real "brony", because I wouldn't dress up in a pony costume to go to a bronycon. Heck! I wouldn't even wear those Mane 6 hats I've seen other bronies wear! I call myself a "closet brony" because I don't go up and down the street professing my brony pride to the whole world(BTW, I'm straight). Maybe I'm really a "broner"(Is that an actual word???)

But, yeah, I'm glad that those "innocent" drawings cheered you up. :)
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eaglehooves Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
You have no idea how glad I am to see this kind of reaction. The overreacting was crazy. When there's not new episodes to distract the community, we seem to go crazy. If I remember right, the Derpy fiasco happened on an off week too.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
A Lyra sex toy! How revolting! It's sick and wrong and the person responsible should be KILLED AT ONCE!!!

Clearly Twilight Sparkle should have been made first! *trololololo!*
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Klice Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
If you meet a hater, just send him this [link]
Spiderman says the right words for you ! :D
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anzul Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
THANKS pixellkities for... uh... being mature...? XD

you know what i mean, for making fun of it :)
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pinkraindrops03 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
just laugh with it!
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Djbrony923 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was on the news? God lee! Must've been allow news day....
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pixel, you handled this whole situation with incredible class. You make me proud to be a brony. And you make me love this fandom even more than I already do. I am inspired! We all need to just laugh at the absurd and not take it to heart.

Thank you PixelKitties, for being awesome and setting a fine, positive example to others! :D
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Buttersc0tchSundae Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't even seen the damn thing, and I frequent the 'cess-pool's cess-pool' of the Internet. (No, not 4gag :iconyukplz:)

I guess we can weather it, just like the Futashy tempest and the Scootabuse maelstorm and the Cupcakes squall and.... (etc. etc.) Nobody remembers any of that stuff either. (Go on, name the writer of Cupcakes - I double dog dare you!)
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BrushyBreeze Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
These kinds of things happen eveywhere, and i totally agree with what i just read. Thanks you.
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Cloperella Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Writer
I'm surprised we didn't get this much buzz over the pony dakimakura's
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bluallday Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Artist
this was on the news? i didint see it anywhere.
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akaiLV Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I tend to take things in stride, and really this wasn't a big deal to me, though hearing some things about it did make me shake my head. I think what bothered me most is I have friends who are like "This is why I don't want to be called a brony," and I didn't really have anything to say to that.

But I'm glad I saw this, it pretty much puts to words what I really wanted to say, so thanks for that.
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evafortuna Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: :iconslowclapplz:
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Is... Is THAT what's been going on?

Oh GOD, what the fuck is wrong with people?
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that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh man the "Sneaking candy into the theater" picture was pure AWESOME!! Love it.
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that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"throwing my brony badge down on the Chief's desk" lmao that line by itself made me laugh.
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very wise words there. :nod:

I was wondering what those Lyra pictures that you drew meant. Now I know. I had no clue that was happening. :omg:
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sheepytina Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thoughts exactly! It's not even a big deal
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guerreroperdido Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thank you. I am tired of seeing people overreact to things fanatics do. And then there's the people overgeneralizing the whole community because one person made one weird toy. I mean seriously?
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vixzvile Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
But if it was Lovecraftian, it would have tendrils or tentacles....wait, I think I've seen some of that art around DA too...

Anyway, the Multi-purpose Lyra Plot-shie (Vixz word) is really hilarious. I assumed it was a joke when I first learned about it. Or a Lyra bank. I mean what thief in their right mind would look in a plushy ponies' plot for your monies or valuables!? Of course, you still have the knowledge of having to shove your hand in Lyra's plot to retrieve your money if you needed it so I guess it's a win/lose? Unless you are into that. I'm not going to judge. Love and Tolerate.
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TomSFox Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Am I too late to make „plot hole“ puns?
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Stinkehund Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I for one don't care how many holes a plushie has. Regardless of the fact that i'm not forced to buy or use it (though i might use it to hide things in there) - it's a Lyra with PANTS!
How can anyone complain about a Lyra with pants? Silly people indeed.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
BUT MLP ARE RUINED FOREVAAAH!!111 Really now, it's an overreaction if you think that. While I personally find the whole mental image of her being used absolutely revolting, I can't say this was not to be expected. People like different things and going insane because someone made a "toy" that doesn't fit your conception of plushies not only brings it more publicity but also gets in the faces of those who might not necessarily want to know it exists. I think we need to take a step back and not stumble in our "Love and tolerate" creed (again), which should apply to everyone, whether they like strategically placed holes or not.
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sirPsychoacoustic Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thank you so much for being reasonable about this. With how absurdly over-dramatic some people have been acting (Rarity would be proud, guys), it's really nice to know that some of us are capable of just putting down the pitchforks and realizing how completely silly this whole thing is.

Also, I want me a pair of Lyra slippers :3
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BlackMorass Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
It's relatively expected within any fandom for things like this to happen. Maybe not so much with 'multi-purpose' plushies of certain characters, but things tend to get weird to outright horrifying in most any fandom out there. Doesn't always serve as an excuse or justification for things to get so bad, but it's to be expected~
I couldn't help but laugh the first time I saw that thing. Partly because I was in disbelief that someone would make a plushie of all things for such a purpose. I thought it was like a sock puppet sort of thing at first. And partly because of how absolutely absurd it looked.

It's good that you came around though. If nothing else, weird, tasteless, and/or otherwise disturbing things that pop up should give you a better appreciation of the things that aren't quite as deviant in nature.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I never heard of this but the link there explained it quite well XD It's a pair of boxing-gloves!! :meow: Finally Lyra gets to be better aquainted with hands! :dance:
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ZeroLink Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no idea about the sex toy... it irked me a little to find out right now, but now looking back, all those pics around the web with the thousand and three uses for the toy are 20% funnier :XD:
and you're right, laughter is the best cure!!!
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AlexKuro Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I still prefer the existance of said doll over the existance of erotic-gore.


Anyways, I haven't laughed this much since finding out that there were Hello Kitty sex toys for sale.
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AlexKuro Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Let's just say that back in college, I knew some art students with some...interesting tastes.
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PercipientFish Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Artist
I'm really glad someone finally said it. I was saddened at first, as well, seeing that people were so openly advertising something that a lot of people just never want to know about. And then it got made into a joke. And now Lyra is forever an oven mitt in my mind. Fantastic.
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illalwaysbe Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Im gonna be honest why is this such a big thing? Its not like somthing like this hasnt alraidy happend before what with the over abundance of clopfics, dirty pics, and in a few cases flat out porn movies!. Not to be gross but how many of those pinkiepie plushes sold at toysrus do you think ended up with the same fate. and a plush with a hole in it isnt really a new thing.
At first i was kinda creeped out, then i saw it and couldnt stop laughing, then i looked at my tattoos and thought "uh oh"
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dcjoedog Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is everyone's reaction to ANYTHING they like having an adult slant to it in some way on the internet is to rage quit that fandom? I say laugh it off, and take pride that something you like is so popular that someone has taken the time to exploit that popularity to make some money. I mean, SOMEONE has to be buying these things, right? LMAO
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Nun2artzy Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
With every fandom, there are those who take things to an extreme.

I don't even like to think about some of the things I've stumbled across in other fandoms. Seriously, when I found out about this plushie things, I was still 6/10th's to giving a jimmie.

That's 4/10th's of a jimmie for all you mathamatically disinclined folks out there.
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PHR16384 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Darn news reporters, always exploiting shock value... :facepalm:

Darn PixelKitties, always making me fall out of my chair laughing... :lmao:
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RegolithX Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said. I must admit I had the satellite in orbit and the nukes keyed up when this whole thing surfaced, but you've seen it in a far better light than I ever could. Way to turn it around. Makes me feel better.
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exiana Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've been to enough strange furry threads on 4chan to know that the lyra plushie was a joke from beginning.

anybody with that much sewing skills would know that you don't use plush for the, err, orifice. you use some sort of satin or silk imitation fabric.

this was made as a sarcastic joke from the very beginning.
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Crimenatus Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
What the hell did I miss? Those Lyra plushies in our comics are real?!?!?
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HealingBlight Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Sometimes you have to look at the screen, and in the most generic sitcom way possible go:

THATS MY INTERNET! *Canned laughter* :)


Prior knowledge of how mankind works meant I was complete unphased by this surfacing, in fact it only amused me to watch people react, and in such a creative way too. There really seems to be a strain of tolerance that runs through the fandom. Rather than lashing out at what was not understood, people just understood that they did not understand and were understanding of the fact that it was not something quite harmful. Odd as all fuck yes, but it's existence was not some doomsday sign.
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TheCowardAndFool Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I hadn't quite rolled to that point yet, and was still shuddering at linkw to it, but this definitely pushed me over. Thanks!
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wanderingbishop Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
...oh is THAT the story behind using Lyra as slippers etc?

And here I was thinking it was pure random silliness XD
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TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I somehow missed this entirely.

Now, as an ex-furry, I guess I'm not too surprised. Toys modified in "this way" have been around forever. Meeko was the infamous early example. I guess I assumed pony models already existed.

As an artist who occasionally dabbles in somewhat naughty pictures myself, I have no moral standing to wag a finger at that plush and say "BAD!". But seeing your responses to it, plus that of others, I would like to express how wonderful this community is, and how happy I am to be able to put "ex-" in front of my former affiliation. That plush is sadder than it is offensive, but I don't have time to be sad - I have too much laughing to do and fun to have.

Let's be honest, it's pretty hilariously absurd. People are always going to have fetishes and kinks and ticks, especially in the community predominantly made up of males 16 - 24. Working Lyra isn't for me and those who would want such a thing are welcome to it. But I can't get worked up abut what other people think and it does not affect my enjoyment of our community and our show, which is the best community and best show I know.

Laugh on, ponies.
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Darkwolf6090 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see others donning their DGAF shades and laughing at the whole thing.
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