MLP:FiM Fandom PSA

A few days ago the EqD posted up a “casting call” for a so called Brony Documentary.  Yeah…it wasn’t so much as a documentary but more one of those shows that have the basic plot of Look at these freaks.  If you missed the whole thing, here’s the basics.
The “casting call” was for 20 West Productions, which produces a series called My Strange Addictions.  Taken directly from the 20 West page…
“Each half-hour episode will profile two individuals who are engaged in uncontrollable behaviors affecting their lives and those they love.”

And if ponies have taken over your life that severely, that you cannot control yourself and its effecting the people around you, then its time to find something else to do with your life.  But basically this is a giant troll trap of bad press for all pony fans, so a bunch of fans put together a PSA (Public Service Announcement, I’d call it a Pony Servi….yeah, won’t even go there..).  Basically its instructions on how to handle yourself, if you’ve been asked by someone in a van to be interviewed as a part of the fandom.  Copypasta after the break.

Hey everypony. We know that some of you were wondering about why Sethisto had pulled that post regarding the TV production company’s interview request from Chicago. Well, the reason he did so was because this company produces TLC’s “shockumentary” TV series called “My Strange Addiction”, in which they film people with weird fetishes and fixations.

Now, we know that some of you have emailed them for a request to be interviewed. Please understand, however, that they will be most likely be looking for a “weird” brony, possibly someone with a “pony fetish” or the like. Of course, this sort of person wouldn’t be representative of the brony fandom in general.

It’s important to remember that when talking to the media, we need to put our best hoof forwards. Despite the immense popularity of MLP:FiM on the Internet, the average person still has not heard of “bronies”, and– if and when this production company finally produces a program on bronies– it may in fact be many viewers’ very first exposure to the concept of a “brony” at all. Therefore, whoever represents us on such a show will be the ambassador for our entire little subculture.

Needless to say, if bronies make a bad “first impression” on the viewing public, the result could be a PR disaster that could affect all of us. If the first interview subject chosen is awkward, creepy, or even simply unattractive (let’s face it, TV is a visual medium and people are, sadly, judgmental about this kind of thing), people both on and off the Internet will end up mocking us all.

This is generally a fun, kind, light-hearted subculture, filled with people who just like to enjoy themselves. We’re a harmless bunch, and we enjoy doing good both amongst ourselves and for the world at large. That should be the message that we want to get across here. Particularly if they are first exposed to our ranks via an intentionally sensationalistic program such as “My Strange Addiction”, the brony-naïve viewer is going to go into this thinking “Men? Men who like My Little Pony? What, are they gay or something?”– and that’s a best case scenario. Worst-case scenario, they might assume that we are sexually repressed or– even worse– pedophiles. We need to anticipate these misconceptions, and pre-emptively counter them.

While we can’t tell you not to go along with the production company’s request for interviews, it’s probably best to recommend caution. If you’re considering being interviewed for the show, think: “What would the average person think upon seeing me on TV? What would the bully from my fifth-grade playground think? What would my mom think?” If the answer to any of those questions is anything less than stellar, perhaps you would be best to simply tell the production company “no thanks”. Remember, the goal of this program is to entertain its viewers, and sometimes, a train wreck is the greatest sort of entertainment. As our subculture begins to garner more and more media attention, we have to all be wary of our public image. If anyone is to represent us publicly, it should be the most photogenic, intelligent, well-spoken, most “normal”-appearing bronies we can muster up, since whomever appears on TV as a representative of the brony community will be taken as exemplars of typical bronyhood.

As a reminder, the viewing audiences of TV shows can be brutally judgmental. For instance, talk show hostess Wendy Williams has been mocked for being tall and broad-featured, and has been slurred as “tranny” and “Wendell” by anonymous trolls on the Internet. Her fellow hostess Oprah, despite stellar success, is regularly mocked for her (past or present) weight. TV show guests, as well as hosts, can be subject to this kind of intense and mean-spirited scrutiny and mockery. Even perfectly ordinary-looking, ordinary-sounding people can be, and have been, raked over the coals for minor and very ordinary imperfections.

This isn’t meant as a piece of scaremongering, but simply a reality check. Television exposure may sound glamorous, but it can be brutal. Even the slightest perceived flaw can, and will, be picked apart and brutally mocked by anonymous trolls, both on and off the Internet. If you’re considering appearing on TV as a representative of the brony community, make sure that you would be a good ambassador to the world. If you have any doubts, just politely decline the opportunity.

Yours truly,

Purple Tinker, Cabal, & Bejoty

DH would like to add: Remember, the minute you agree to being interviweed, you are no longer representing yourself, you are representing the entire fandom.

DerpySquad reminds you, quit giving a fuck what others think.
  • Mike

    …God help those fools who agree to the fateful interview that could destroy the public image of the fandom, prevent it from being memetic, and ultimately keep Hasbro from deciding to make show-accurate toys… this can't end well…

    on a lighter note, yay! episode 3 today!!

  • jalisama

    Unfortunately, even the best of interviews is likely going to bet butchered and re-stitched together so that the TV gets the angle they want. The fact that a show called "My Strange Addiction" is even doing this segment for MLP fans is disturbing to me. I mean, this is a show where people eat toilet paper or glass by the kilo and sleep with live, running hair-dryers on. No matter how you slice it, this is bound to not end well, and I for one would shun the interviewers if I was approached.

  • 8ftmetalhead

    Fortunately they won't be asking any new zealanders anything. (at least god I hope not).
    I read an article a while ago on how NZ struggles to ask the hard questions, and when they do they completely fall on their faces.
    I imagine the same would translate when being asked hard questions, which these guys are specifically going to do to trip people up.
    'so you like ponies?' 'yeah i love em'
    'so you fantasize about them then'

    sort of shit like that.

    I imagine if any damage is done, provided the people interviewed answer honestly but think about how they word things, it should be minimal, esp. if they've read this.

    If anything major happens, well we'll either be working hard at breaking it down again, or we'll all have to take a haters gon hate attitude. Which some people on pchan and eqd could use, to a small degree.

    Ah hell I don't know, this is why I'm glad I'm not being interviewed.

  • Pretzhog

    I can already tell this won't end well.

  • DerpySquad

    Sad part is, this television crew will find someone. Someone out there will say fuck it, fuck this "psa" and go on the show and make us all look like freaks. As said, my motto is who the fuck cares what other people think, enjoy the show.

    And yeah, that PSA is copy paste from something Purple Tinker (person behind BronyCon) put out, though she never sent us a copy. The staff decided we should post it up, and no we didn't bother to rewrite it, mainly because I got the joy of making the post, and personally I just don't care about this crap.