The following is a report on “bronies” done by a local media outlet in Seattle dubbed King5.  I’m going to guess its one of the few major tv stations in the city.  Its a double article, as I first found the video, and then found a written version (links below).  I’m not going to lie, you might cringe at a few things.  The report itself is very neutral and based off the Wall Street Journal article that was posted a month or so ago.

A copy of the written article is behind the page break (along with the link to the original article). – Bronies Who Love To Talk My Little Pony (Written Article)

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Posted on December 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM
Updated yesterday at 7:21 AM

SEATTLE — On the first Sunday of each month, inside the Red Room at Ballard’s Card Kingdom, grown men (and one woman) meet to talk ponies. My Little Ponies, to be exact.
The Seattle group is part of a growing international movement that intensely follows the revived TV show from the 80’s “My Little Pony.” The new cartoon, slick with modern animation and story lines, currently airs on the Hub Network.
Men who love the show and the ponies are affectionately called “Bronies.” It’s a trend that’s even been written about in the Wall Street Journal.

“The show has fantastic merit and so it’s really no surprise,” says Austin Hedeen, a local Brony in Seattle.
“I have some friends I haven’t told yet,” admits 27-year-old Richard Castro.
The men watch the show, discuss it online, and even collect figures sold in toy stores. One man said he keeps a brush on his key chain to brush his ponies’ hair.
The “Brony” phenomenon is so new, most sociologists do not want to give their professional opinion just yet. However, one theorized it has to do with childhood desires that were repressed.

“It’s okay for girls to like boys stuff but it’s not okay for boys to like girls stuff,” says Chris Myers, a 27-year-old Seattle Brony.
“All these people I met are not doing this because they’re weird deviants,” says 30-year-old Jarod Watson, “they love the show, they love animation.”
They are ridding themselves of who they are expected to be and instead being who they are.

“It’s really cool to think how it’s breaking those social boundaries that have been placed into children throughout the years,” says Hedeen.

This summer, the Seattle group plans to hold a Brony convention right here in the city.

“If you had asked me last year if I would have gone to something like this I would have said, ‘You’re absolutely nuts!'” says Castro.
The Wall Street Journal cites the Equestria Daily as a major online forum for Brony networks. You can visit their website here.

  • pixelkitties

    That gentleman sure is wearing a fine-looking shirt, if I do say so myself! =)

  • alienbobz

    Actually I love that shirt. The interview was interesting for sure.

  • Alisha Glenn

    Is it weird that I see a lot of parallels between the reactions of mainstream society to Bronies and transsexuals? o_o

  • 2007excalibur2007

    Repressed childhood desires…?

    …seriously now?

    That's not even why bronies even bought the toys in the first place! My god, how horrible the media is at these things… >_<

  • alienbobz

    Yeah I wish she would of researched it more. That is the only part I didn't really like.

  • Michael C

    I love the reporter's burning need to tie it to something sexual. Why can't people enjoy something simply because it's enjoyable?

  • Anonymous

    Boy I sure do know like three people here personally.

  • Dea

    i didn't like the repressed child hood desires…it's just another fandom, why does it always have to mean more and where does it say that it's not meant for men or that it's just meant for girls. i wish they had the part where i said that i think it is awesome that guys like it!
    i don't think there is anything wrong with guys liking it!

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