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. Read More