Never really got what the whole Brony craze was about, but its not like i have anything against it either. I've watched a few episodes but it was nothing that really interested or excited me
Pegasister here and proud of it
Anyone of you a brony or pegasister? Just asking if you guys are because I am!!! <3
I've thought much about this, but every time I fail to understand the necessity of a term like this. Because for all intents and purposes myself and I know the vast majority of individuals who don't watch or have watched but don't understand the appeal of MLP: FIM would most likely consider the term 'brony' to be a derogative term, an insult.
Personally I consider the word 'brony' in the same way I consider the word 'otaku', a term that people (mostly foreigners) might wear as a badge of honor, but is a massively derogative term to the Japanese, almost I would assume of par with 'NEET'. When I think of a 'brony' I think of an individual who has passed the point of merely being a fan, into the more crazed fanatical elements of the fandom, almost putting them on par with furries (I think you can understand what I mean).
Ok so as for necessity, I really just think of "brony" as being shorthand for fans to identify themselves to other fans. The term itself can be traced back to when the show first aired and posters on /b/ who were posting about ponies were banned for their posts. They used it as a term to separate themselves from other posters.As for the term"brony" being an insult, I must ask, who have you been talking to? Of course it's no secret that "brony" has had somewhat of a negative connotation on the internet since the first posts on /b/ but nothing about the term itself is intrinsically insulting.And who, may I ask, are "the vast majority of individuals"? Because if we are talking about the general populace then I should remind you that the very act of being at all interested in anime is considered childish and humiliating by "the vast majority of individuals".
Personally, I think making the connection between "otaku" and "brony" is just plain wrong in the fact that there really is none. I consider myself a brony. I have watched every episode of the show twice, own 3 Fluttershy figures (2 were gifts), and carry my laptop in a messenger bag with Derpy Hooves on it (derpy delivers mail in the show, I thought it was appropriate). Does this make me crazy? Fans who call themselves "bronies" are just that, FANS. Not crazy otaku's or NEETs who shut themselves off from society and devote their lives to the fandom, just simple people who like the show. Obviously, there are crazy elements of the fandom, but I challenge you to find me a large fandom without at least one crazy fan.I, and all the level-headed bronies I've met, don't consider the term to be negative at all. It's just an identifier. If you think the term is negative, then that's your prerogative, but I urge you to use the term based on what it was when it was created and how members of the fandom use it. Not the way trolls on the internet use it.