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A Followup re: "Bronies, I Am Disappoint"

Michelle Creber, the underage VA who allegedly had horrible things thrown at her at EverfreeNW, posted to her Twitter account that no such thing happened, and in a scenario like this, where the accuser claims to have witnessed something firsthand, but the alleged victim says "nothing happened," it all quickly falls into doubt. If the core of the argument is false, the rest is immediately suspect.

So, I'll come right out and say it. I may have been taken in by a troll. I don't think it's as simple as that, but I have nothing to base this on but my own gut instinct and the general tendency of all fandoms to circle the wagons where issues of gender, race, or basically not being a jackass are involved.

But I have to admit here that, as a commenter pointed out, I have my own confirmation bias to account for as well. I have on occasion been treated like crap by people flying the "brony" flag myself; I have also facepalmed at complaints about humanized Twilight being depicted as black, been creeped out by horribly fetishized pony art that I stumbled on while looking for references, and groaned at self-appointed (and apparently unchallenged) spokespeople for the fandom shamelessly egging on Lauren Faust/John De Lancie/Tara Strong to "Tell us MORE about how awesome bronies are!"

So yeah, it was very easy for me to believe the OP. If she is a troll just expertly pushing my buttons, then shame on her for pushing them and shame on me for allowing them to be pushed. But the fact remains that those buttons are there, and they didn't come from nothing.

Anyway. I didn't want to just leave all this hanging there. Michelle Creber has said that she was treated nothing but wonderfully at the con and I believe her. The rest is all hearsay.

-The Gneech

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hbar98
Aug. 23rd, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
I did not know that John de Lancie supported the fandom. Seems like a nice guy. He once snubbed me at Dragon Con. It was the best day of my life!
the_gneech
Aug. 23rd, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
He doesn't just support it, he enables it. -.- He's doing a whole documentary about it.

-TG
hbar98
Aug. 23rd, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I just read that. I don't really know what to think about that. On the one hand, good on him for working hard to portray this new fandom in a positive light... On the other... John de Lancie? He's one of the last I'd pick. Goes to show you what I know!
the_gneech
Aug. 23rd, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
He's the voice of Discord, one of the big bads of the series. That's how he got involved. :)

-TG
daemionfox
Aug. 23rd, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
My opinions on the Bronies are best left unvoiced. On one hand, I approve of the show, I think it brings a good series of role models to young girls while giving parents something to watch that won't destroy their sanity.

I however, am disappointed in the monomania I've witnessed, from people who should be old enough to know better. (And let's not get me started on the copyright and trademark infringement that's become hallmark of the Brony Fandom)

Huh. Guess I voiced them after all. Cest la vie.
the_gneech
Aug. 23rd, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
The catchphrase "welcome to the herd" came about for a reason.

Ironically, if you look at bronies as all being furries with the pony phenotype, it makes perfect sense.

-TG
daemionfox
Aug. 23rd, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
I had a nice ranty rant here. I'm gonna take it to email. Doesn't belong on the journal.
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