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Of all of the strange communities that have populated the Internet in recent years, Bronies have most captured the popular imagination. Sure, they've captured the popular imagination largely by being mocked, but they have captured it none the less. For the four or five of you not very familiar with Bronies, it all started because Lauren Faust was too good at her job. Faust, an animation veteran with credits on shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, was tapped to reboot the My Little Pony franchise and produced a show that appealed to children and adults alike. The result was that young men found themselves watching and enjoying My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic unironically.
As always happens on the Internet, things quickly got extreme. My Little Pony fan art has cropped up in the form of "Gangnam Style" and "Hot Fuzz" parodies. And, of course, sexual brony imagery started popping up as well. One dispute between a Brony who claimed to be love with My Little Pony character Twilight Sparkle and an artist who was drawing erotic pictures of the character got some serious Internet traction a few months back. Though bronyism is pretty strange, it does bear mentioning that there are some notable Bronies out there, including musician Andrew W.K. and the Pirate Party in Germany's parliament, who have demanded that they get daily "pony time" while on break from political duties.