Brony Convention Brings Out the Twilight Sparkle In All Of Us (Video)

timetoplay Brony Convention Brings Out the Twilight Sparkle In All Of Us (Video)

My Little Convention

It was less than a month ago that The New York Times was forced to print a correction for an article by Amy Harmon titled “Love and Autism.” The error was innocuous enough–Ms. Harmon referred to her subject Kirsten Lindsmith‘s obsession with a My Little Pony character, but misidentified the introverted Fluttershy for the animal-friendly Twilight Sparkle. This lead to some very irate male commenters who also claimed to have autism and loved the animated TV show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” and who were outraged that Ms. Harmon could make such a horrific error, which in turn made some great copy for the rest of the Internet that day.


Well, now we have some faces to put with the “Brony”–the terminology for a boy or man who loves My Little Ponies…though apparently you can’t just love the dolls, you have to be a devotee to the series, which seems sort of insular and clique-y for essentially the plastic equivalent of a furry– after BronyCon 2012 hit the Hotel Pennsylvania this weekend. They are surprisingly normal.

What’s truly sad about this video aren’t Bronies themselves, because lord knows we’ve gone to enough comic/anime conventions in our day to make us feel like dirty old (wo)men. It’s that this Brony convention’s well-timed placement right after the infamous Times correction is turning what would otherwise be a relatively normal Internet sub-culture (and believe us when we say Bronies are nothing once you’ve entered into the bowels of 4Chan) and brought them to light as some sort of freak show Internet meme.

Get over it, people. It’s 2012. Ryan Gosling starred in a movie about a Real Doll years ago. Compared to the mainstreaming of having sex with plastic women, BRONYs barely register as a hobby. Nothing to see here folks, move along.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Long-time series fans who are focused on the toys have had their own convention (at Hasbro’s headquarters in RI, if I’m not mistaken) for years.

    And pony fans are pretty much used to their reception by now anyway.  Might as well get some extra publicity for the show.  

  2. Pav Feira says:

    Err… I can’t tell if you were simply trying to highlight Ms. Harmon’s error, or if you actually made it yourself as well.  Fluttershy is the animal lover.  Twilight Sparkle is the nerdy, socially awkward pony that Ms. Harmon meant to refer to.

    The second paragraph kinda misses the mark as well.  The dolls aren’t the unifying element of the brony community; some bronies collect them, but some have no interest in them at all.  Rather, the two main pillars are the television show, and the community itself.  The show is very well-produced: animation, musical numbers, characters with depth and flaws, humor, cutesy stories and morals.  It’s a welcome reprieve from the anger and bile of the Internet, and it’s what caused most of us join the community in the first place.  The brony community itself is very inclusive and supportive, and has given birth to a flood of fan-created artwork, music, fanfics, clothing and accessories, etc.  It’s that sense of community and common interest that brought over 700 of us together in NYC (with over 2,000 watching a live video stream of the event online).

    Thanks for the coverage! We’re looking forward to the next BronyCon in June.