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May 30, 2012


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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, 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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sss158 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
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.
ShadowRunner27 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go go gadget normalcy. :lol:
Scrooples Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for restoring the peace
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
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.
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. :)
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.
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!*
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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