Kind of a personal comic, but one I think some others will relate to. While the backlash from some people within my conservative circles is to be expected (or the people who “just don’t get it”), it’s extra depressing when the fandom who’s motto is quite literally “love and tolerate” rejects you or makes you feel like you don’t deserve to enjoy the show. I’m kind of living proof that the stereotypes of conservatives they have in their heads aren’t necessarily true, but that’s ignored because it doesn’t fit with a comfortable narrative.
To be honest, I’ve only had a few conservatives, and none I know personally, who have really given me and other bronies guff for liking ponies. I’ve actually had more people on the brony side of things get angry at me for my conservative views. That includes one guy on a Facebook group who kept harassing me until an admin stepped in and another person on ponychan who said that there was nothing in my conservative philosophy that should allow me to enjoy the show. Seriously.
The show’s politically neutral. No, not even neutral – politics on the show are nonexistent. And unfortunately that’s somewhat rare in most entertainment today. Even someone who has their radar tuned in to politics as much as me just wants to enjoy a cartoon sans politics every once and a while. Ponies are the perfect escape for me, and as much as I try to adopt a “deal with it” attitude, it’s frustrating at times when vitriol towards anything from the right is just assumed, to the point where it colors other bronies’ perceptions of relatively harmless things.
One example is the FOX News show Red Eye and its coverage of the January Bronycon. Red Eye is a comedy show, and the segment they did was actually pretty positive – but bronies perceived it as an attack because it was from FOX News. It’s very frustrating when one of my favorite shows covers ponies in a fun and playful manner, but is met with almost universal disdain,
while a reporter on CNN does a quick segment and gets a custom Equestria Daily banner. (Edit: Apparently the CNN banner existed prior to the Erin Burnett piece. My mistake!)
I’m not gonna bite you. I want to watch ponies, just like you. I try my hardest to keep politics at a minimum, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to defend myself if you start attacking me. But I’d rather we just “love and tolerate” like we claim to, and just enjoy a cartoon. That’s what brought us together in the first place.