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My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic
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RE: My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic

Ahh, this shit again.

Who gives a fuck what the target audience is? "X is intended for Y" does not mean that Y is the entire extent of everything that can happen with it and if Z gets involved it is a universe-rending abomination. If that were the case MacGyver would be public enemy number one.

BTW I don't really like the show any more. I used to but now find it very in-your-face and blunt. I don't know if I'll be able to watch the rest of S4 because of this fact. HOWEVER, MLP did get me through a tough point in my life. I'm not sure if I'd be alive today if not for some of the people whose opinion of me went from "guy to avoid" to "all right guy I guess" when they found out I was a brony. And when I started liking the show and fandom less, I started examining my beliefs to see whether they were a. a good match for this group is was purportedly a member of, and b. whether or not they were correct. I had never achieved this level of introspection before that and I'm not sure I ever would have if I hadn't been a brony and had those conflicts. Maybe I would have had some other experience in its place, I don't know.

Yes, I have some merchandise. Even if I never watch another episode in my life, I will still wear the shirts and hug the plushes and if the fact that I happen to have been born with a dick means I am a "weirdo" or a "pervert" for doing so, so be it.

*slinks back to cave to await ban*

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
06-23-2014 10:10 AM
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My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic - Ky - 06-20-2014, 09:54 AM
RE: My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic - no - 06-23-2014 10:10 AM
My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic - Efs - 06-29-2014, 11:49 PM
My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic - Ky - 06-30-2014, 10:44 AM

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