#46) What's with the crazy adoration for brony 'celebrities' [people popular within the fandom]? Some of these people are treated as guests at conventions just as much as people working on the show. It pisses me off that the fandom worships certain popular bronies. What do you think of this?
Answer: It's important to remember that brony 'celebrities', as you put it, are just normal people. And, in some respects, yes, certain individuals are seen through rose-tinted glasses. I always find it amusing when fan-musicians, for example, are featured on guest lists for conventions above people such as Daniel Ingram, the guy responsible for most of the songs in the actual show.
Then again, the fandom likes its idols, and there's no point in getting pissed off just because said idols are receiving a great deal of praise. Most of the brony 'celebrities' deserve at least a portion of their fame, and so it seems fair to say that if people are willing to look up to these people, then there's nothing that you can really do to make them think otherwise. It really depends on how into the fandom you are – some people actively embrace the "Friendship is Magic" thing as it exists outside of the show, while others are more interested in the show and those who work on it.
Personally, I find it a lot more interesting to learn about the people who work on the show – the voice actresses, for example – than about a random brony who made a popular podcast, or some sort of song. That said, I don't claim to be an active part of the fandom outside of DA, and so I'm not exactly the target audience for the brony 'celebrities'. Neither are you, apparently.
Rest assured that popular bronies, although popular for a reason, aren't in any way better than you, and, at least in my mind, you shouldn't idolise someone too much. Being a popular brony isn't really something to be all that proud of – congratulations: you're a popular member of a random internet fandom – and neither is it something to concern yourself with all that much. In addition, while some pony artists on DA might be ridiculously popular, you don't have to go far on this very website to find non-pony artists who crush the vast majority of them in terms of skill. It's all relative.
Ultimately, you're right to be sceptical of brony 'celebrities'; as said, they're just regular people, and you shouldn't treat them as anything else. I was in a Livestream once with someone who was told by a moderately popular fanfiction writer that their writing was good – they started screaming with happiness and wouldn't shut up about how happy they were that said popular fanfiction writer had praised them. It was highly unusual to see - being a popular fanfiction writer doesn't even require you to be a good writer, and it's not as if the popular brony was a real author. How odd.
#47) Oh mighty Advice Lord! Hear my cry! I am in dire need of reassurance! It seems that there is a new phase sweeping through both DA and Tumblr involving bashing natural coloured ponies, such as Pinto, Appaloosa and Paint Horses, as well as dappled coats. Apparently these are just a cry for attention as they're not 'in the show', yet I would gladly look at these over 101 similar looking pastel coloured ponies!
What are your views? I hope you remember a little colt named Pipsqueak!
Answer: A phase sweeping through DA and Tumblr hating on a particular type of OC? Sounds like a typical day, with Tumblr especially proving to be the guilty culprit. People getting pissed about the designs of other people's OCs is pretty stupid in the first place. As for bashing ponies based on 'realistic' colours, that's incredibly silly.
While "Friendship is Magic" has its fair share of pastel-coloured ponies, such as Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash, there are also ponies in the show with a more traditional colour scheme. Dr. [W]hooves, for example, has a brown motif going on, and, as you say, let's not forget Pipsqueak. He's a spotty brown and white pony, proving that such colours do exist in Equestria. Therefore, people getting ratty about others having OCs with more traditional colours should think twice before getting pissed off about what is and isn't acceptable.
In general, people should butt out of the business of others altogether when it comes to OCs. It's really fucking pathetic that certain people sit around on Tumblr pointing out OCs that they deem to be 'bad'. It's the equivalent of walking around a city street pointing out people who you think are ugly – the point being that it's just malicious behaviour designed to make others feel bad.
It's not necessarily the colour scheme that even makes an OC look appealing or not. There's a lot more to it than that, and when people say something like, 'all paint horse OCs are shit', it just proves how ignorant they are. They're OCs – people make them because they like them. It doesn't matter what other people think, especially not when it comes to realistic-looking pony characters. Hell, ponies with realistic colours have an appeal all of their own, because they look as if they could exist easily outside of Equestria as much as they can within it.
Ignore the people bitching about realistic-looking OCs; if they hate them that much, they better be careful next time they walk by a field, or else they may get into a rage the next time they see an actual horse.
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#48) Why do so many bronies think of Celestia and Luna as goddesses? I don't remember that notion being canon.
Answer: "As Celestia is my witness!"
The above quote lifted from the show sort of suggests a degree of god-power surrounding those characters. In the case of "Friendship is Magic", I don't think that 'princess' and 'god' are mutually exclusive. It's established that Celestia and Luna have powers beyond that of 'normal' characters, and therefore they're probably the closest thing that Equestria has to gods.
Consider that in Greek mythology, for example, the god Helios was in charge of raising the sun; in such mythology, and many others as well, gods were also able to walk among mortals and could even be hurt/killed. Apply that same logic to "Friendship is Magic", and the characters of Luna and Celestia are somewhat close to being gods, in the loosest sense of the word.
'God' does, however, imply 'religion', which doesn't seem to exist in Equestria (which is probably for the best). I think a lot of bronies latch onto the idea of Celestia and Luna being goddesses because of their special powers and authority; it's not difficult, using the above reasoning, to see why, even if it hasn't been officially canonised. I'd refer to them as 'princesses' rather than 'gods' myself, but I suppose it's harmless fun.
That said, while we're on the subject, I do find the 'war' between the Solar Empire and the New Lunar Republic to be a bit cringe-worthy, especially when people bring it up at panels with the voice actresses, who clearly have no idea what people are talking about. That is, also, probably for the best.
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#46 is there are people who are really special, like take the crew from Equestria Daily. Or make it a simpler one, the powerful and skillful illustrators from DA itself and so are famous plushmakers, they are really high profile and it mostly have to begin from somewhere. Even if you become as one, it's not a walk in the park, like those celebrities in Hollywood, they may feel famous including fans go crazy on them, but in their work, it's a pretty stressful environment. The brony side don't have that much but it still have that kind of stress if you want to maintain your celebrity status. But take a look at reality a bit, I'm pretty sure Seth also have other jobs to do, it's not like somebody dedicated his entire working life to work for being a webmaster for MLP, because the question is pure and simple, how much is the salary will you gain? In summary, being a celebrity has its pros and cons, to me, I just want to have fun while I got a real life job to work at.
#48, the Helios example is obvious. Moreover, even Disney's Hercules is another. But one thing have to take note is Celestia's defeat by Chrysalis, people thinks gods are invincible, but it's not always the case, like Jesus, he has miraculous powers in His hands but He's only flesh & blood when on Earth. Ok, let's get to another, Cadence, she got powers of her own, but one big difference we can see is the mane, hers is not magical and wavy, so we don't say much about her.
Since you brought up the royal sisters again and that I'm not sure whether you read that enormous comment I made to the Brony Advice column that address my last question, I just wanted to apologize again. It wasn't right of me to take something you said to me a while back and use it against, namely how I thought you defined fanservice. I'm only repeating myself so as to not cause conflict between us, even if we both know it's only a harmless television program.
My questions were only simple observations and suggestions that I'm well aware won't have any significant impact in the long run. That's it. I'm getting this out of the way so you'll know that I'm a sensible fan. Although I wouldn't call myself a brony, since I don't run out and waste my money on any memorabilia relating to the franchise.
If it's not too much trouble, I also was curious as to why exactly you wouldn't care in the slightest for an episode that explores the relationship between Celestia and Luna? Forgive for going back to an old comment of yours, but I do remember you expressing interest in such a concept when you replied back to me for siding with you in how fans shouldn't have been so hard on Cadence before she was actually in the show while listing Batman and Spider-Man as other examples of this behavior. Also, I won't bash you, but applaud you for having a different viewpoint than mine on this matter.
I know you said this is only a kids show, made for little girls keep in mind, but that shouldn't excuse not trying to put actual effort into it, which they have. But I guess there are prices to pay for being merchandise driven. Although, and this isn't valid, but I assume that Celestia is selling quite well in the toyline, so I can't imagine why the intended audience wouldn't tune into an episode featuring her and her little sister.
I only expressed confusion for why she wasn't present during the invasion was that I was led to believe that close family members are supposed to be there for each other, seeing as how one of them was injured. I guess I can't help it if one of my pet peeves is how promising fictional characters are ignored, especially if their related to a frequently appearing one by blood. But her absent definitely wasn't a deal breaker for me.
I know this is long, but see if you can read this and send a reply so I'll be out of your hair.
Well, it might be something to do with the fact that I don't really have anything that I'd 'like' to see in the show. I'm happy to see whatever the writers come up with; that to me is much more interesting than me pining to see certain things. I'd rather be surprised than hopeful. Following that line of thought, I have no interest in a Celestia or Luna episode, and, in addition, I don't find either of their characters to be particularly interesting. I'm not saying that an episode based on them would be bad, but I'm saying that I don't care about seeing it myself. If I said otherwise in the past, then my opinions have clearly changed as my views on the show and fandom have become more egregious.
As a Star Wars fan, I can say this phenomenon is hardly unique to My Little Pony. I can easily name several fans of that trilogy who have ascended the fan status to become celebrities in their own right: Dr. Curtis Saxton, Brian Young, Ansel Hsiao, Mike Wong, Katie Johnson(tragic story, that*), etc. People who make enough waves and do great things for the fandom, such as Dr. Saxton's Star Wars Technical Commentaries and Incredible Cross-Sections books and Ansel Hsiao's INCREDIBLE custom Star Destroyer CGI models which have become canonized, will attain a certain level of notoriety and in many cases these fans will be invited to cons like Star Wars Celebration to talk about their projects and other things related to Star Wars. Star Trek had this as well, but I'm not familiar enough with the fan base to remember exactly who I heard of. I do know that there are ascended fans from that show as well, however I'm at a loss as to who. But the point is that this is just what fans do: celebrate the achievements of their peers, and of course, celebrate is the root of the word "celebrity".
*Katie was a little girl who was dying from brain cancer. Her father Albin wanted to build her an astromech droid, but realized he didn't have enough time, and so asked the R2-D2 Builder's Club to help. R2-KT now makes regular appearances to children's hospitals, and even got a cameo in the Clone Wars movie. Katie wasn't a celebrity in the traditional sense, but she is very well known in the fandom and if she had survived I'm sure she would have been treated as such by the fans.
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