If your last memory of My Little Pony was dispatching an old toy to the knacker’s yard, think again.
The TV franchise that prompted a generation of little girls to beg their parents for a horse is back – only this time, its biggest fans are men.
‘Bronies’, or ‘brothers that like ponies’, are devoted to the adventures of Applejack, Fluttershy and Princess Twilight Sparkle. They hit our screens next week in National Geographic’s Outsiders with Darren McMullen.
The programme follows fans to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester for Europe’s biggest brony convention, with many dressing as their pastel-coloured heroes.
Fan ‘Spitfire’ said: ‘It was ironic at first but then I kind of got into it.
‘I appreciated the message within it – it’s got decent values to go by and you don’t find that much on TV any more.’
The fad took off in 2010 with the launch of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a cartoon update that did away with some of the old sexist stereotypes. Although 80 per cent of devotees are male, female fans, or ‘pegasisters’, are coming on board.
Another fan, ‘Cheesy’, said: ‘You’d normally think that would be weird – but then, I’m weird myself. I watched it and I loved it and I can understand totally why anyone would get behind it.’
Outsiders with Darren McMullen airs at 10pm next Friday on National Geographic Channel.
16 May 2014 | 12:09 am – Source: metro.co.uk