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I wanted to take a moment and highlight Sethisto’s recent post over at Equestria Daily concerning the fan base and fan reactions to new episodes of My Little Pony.

Now, me, I happen to be a total nobody. I draw some stuff and spend most of my time just talking with awesome people and enjoying a sense of community with all you wonderful friends, bronies, and Equestrians.  But I have noticed, at least within the past month or so, a slow march away from all the good and noble and kind behavior that has been a hallmark of out fandom since its inception.   Specifically, this has been taking the form of pretty nasty and harsh criticisms of the show itself, from episode to episode.  I don’t know if this is coming from a sense of familiarity with the source material or perhaps it’s the fact the creators and producers have been so open to interacting with us that we are beginning to feel a false sense of ownership of the show.  Whatever the case, it’s not helpful, it’s not respectful, and if it continues it’s more than likely to drive a wedge between ourselves and the show we love.

Let’s face it, the amount of talent and hard work that Studio B puts into every episode is deserving of all our utmost respect and admiration. But of, course, that doesn’t mean it’s beyond artistic or cultural critique.   Is there room for criticism?  Certainly there is, and that’s not what I’m referring to.  Every individual has the right- and really the responsibility- as a fan to take part in that dialogue.  We each prefer one episode over another, support our favorite characters, and yammer on about the show with tremendous, unabashed enthusiasm and passion. Part of the fun in being a fan is discussing, critiquing, and picking apart every minor detail of the newest episode. 

But lately it seems like the fanbase is getting a little bit full of itself and becoming a bit demanding in terms of what we want to see in the show.  Many of the responses to new episodes and news about the show have been downright hateful.   Add to that the constant chorus of “Oh no, some internal thing happened at Studio B!  the show is now RUINED FOREVER!” and you have a situation that makes it less and less likely the incredibly talented folks behind the show will want anything to do with their fans. 

So far, the folks behind MLP:FIM have been unbelievably gracious and kind in reaching out to us. I don't want to see that relationship sour with us as fans acting like jerks and generally making selfish assumptions about who really "owns" the show and its characters.  Truth be told, we're tremendously fortunate to be part of this fandom at this time. It's a golden age for creativity and feedback and positivity. Let's strive to keep it that way and continue to represent the best aspects and lessons of the show we love.

While this is a show for little girls, I think it behooves us all to act liked adults and do our best to represent the best aspects of ourselves and the show.  We can disagree, we can critique, we can argue, and we can debate all while remaining cordial and respectful.  Honestly, that should apply to our interactions with one another as well as with the show and its creators. 

Each of us is here for the same reason- the love of the show.  Certainly, we each feel a sense of ownership to the fandom and our place within it.  But I’ve always felt that we also have a responsibility to be the best fans we can be, to keep the lines of communication and respect open.  To make sure that the folks at Hasbro and Studio B can look at their fans and see a group that is approachable and embodies, whenever possible, the lessons and themes of the show itself.  I could be wrong, and it’s certainly just my opinion.  But in a year, in five years, in ten years even, I want to be proud to have taken part in this little fandom, and I want to truly believe that I had a part in making it the very best experience for everyone else who loves My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as much as I do.    

I hope this little rant doesn't hurt or offend anyone.  I just wanted to get a few things off my chest and encourage folks to...well, to just be excellent to each other!
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
The show will only be ruined forever if Snookie or Justin Beiber somehow become involved.

In that circumstance, I shall become a believer in the Mayan Apocalypse.
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Juria316 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
:iconbravoplz: Well said. I do recognize that, no matter how great we as a fanbase are, we're going to have our unsavory members. Let us just hope that we outweigh them to the point where we can stay united.
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ArtieStroke Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"...and party on dude!"

Ah, Bill and Ted... anyways, I'm getting off topic. I totally agree; I didn't join this fandom to be surrounded by big, dumb meanies. I joined it from a sense of serenity that surrounded it, of child-like kindness. All this discord amongst the fans just upsets me. Hopefully, people will come to their senses soon. But good on you for calling them out. Thanks for that.

(By the way, just recently listened to the Bronyville episode with you in it. Very nice!)
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TheLordOfDust Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Uhh, I hope you weren't thinking of some of our reviews when you were writing this. :(

I don't really get into any discussion threads much so I hadn't really experienced any of this super hate. While there were a few episodes this season that I thought were sub par, I'm looking at you Cutie Pox, I haven't really hated any of them. Besides, after Sweet and Elite I feel the episodes are back on track.

If you're going to get super offended that an episode didn't play out the way you wanted, well then you need to get an attitude adjustment and just try to enjoy the pony. Everything I do in this fandom I do because it's supposed to be fun. When something stops being fun, then it's time to stop. If your getting upset and unruly because of a few episodes then maybe you'd be better off leaving now and letting the rest of us live in peace.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Darn straight.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks...we really do appreciate it here over on the production end.
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Dauntess Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There has been a massive swirl of negativity recently which completely contradicts the show! There is another problem I have noticed recently as well, I myself am a collector and fan of all the different pony generations but it seems everywhere there is something non g4 there are always several bronies there using profanity and other terms like "abomination" to describe it! It just makes me so sad. Nobody is forcing them to like it but can't they follow the spirit of the show and try to at least respect the older gens?
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Ellofri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I think you've said it better than anyone else has so far.
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CartoonNinja Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I will admit, things have seemed a little... touchy lately. It's a spectacular show, but it's still a show, and one meant for a much younger demographic. There aren't exactly any conspiracy theories, and fights against the very incarnations of darkness and chaos is reserved for the start of the season; we need to get used to the slice-of-life stuff again.
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Nun2artzy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think those months of awesome fanfiction and stellar art built up a hype so large no one could fill the hooves we made. I personally love the show, and am confident since its inception that each episode is an excellent example of flash animation. Room for improvement is always there, and to simply say something is good without offering any feedback isn't helpful.

I completely agree with this post. Here-here!
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