Throughout my time on the wonderful place that is the internet, I have come across arguments used that were at their best, idiotic; and at their worst, downright manipulative. The majority of anti-brony behavior exemplified on the internet is one generated through a constant flow of rhetoric; phrases and sentences that sound powerful but are really just repeated gibberish with no basis in reality. This is what we call a bandwagon on the internet and they are some of the more disturbing trends in human behavior. Some even completely go out of their way to blame bronies in situations that could never be the bronies fault nor do they ever seem to give a good explanation as to why bronies are such bad people. They just are. Apparently. And we all should know how horrible they all are because....they're bad people, ok? It's a show for little girls, FFS!
This isn't to say there exists an actually good anti-brony argument, it's just that many of them are contradictory to their efforts and downright fallacious while having seemingly large support on communities like YouTube and tumblr. (Both equally known for their shitty communities)
I thought over time seeing these stupid arguments and their influence would become a thing of the past, seeing as how brony extremism has already become rarer than gold itself. (It's been a good year since I remember seeing any form of brony extremism; the majority of brony communities I've been to even despise the behavior) However, anti-brony behavior comes with a bandwagon and when things have a bandwagon, they never stop being an issue because the comment section becomes a massive circlejerk for them. Why should they stop? They want to appear like the majority, after all. We all know the majority is ALWAYS RIGHT, huh?
So without further ado, here are some common anti-brony statements with rebuttals attached:
1. "This is why I hate bronies"
This one isn't even an argument and serves more as an opinion. Normally I ignore shit like this, however, at the frequency and ridiculousness it is often used and employed for manipulative effect, I have to make a comment regarding the use of this phrase.
The most recent time I saw this used was on a video regarding a GMOD PonyRP server. Yes, that's right. GMOD Roleplay. If you've never been to a GMOD Roleplay server then I'd feel lucky to be you. GMOD Roleplay by itself is at its best silly and at its worst, filled with RDMing little kids and people having public sex out in the streets. Now what is blamed for this? Bronies. Of course, because it's a pony server, MLP fans are the problem. Clearly, GMOD Roleplay was NEVER like this to begin with. It was only when bronies came around that the internet started to SUCK. You'll notice very quickly that this theme does not deviate from anti-brony rhetoric. It even goes so far as to say they'd like bronies to have no voice on the internet and to be censored from public sites.
All silliness aside, these comments tend to get a lot of upvotes yet are nothing more than bandwagon statements that anti-bronies can jerk off to together. (Another reason why you shouldn't take comment sections seriously) As if they haven't been talking shit about bronies for years now.
2. "Bronies RUINED the internet!!!"
This one is funny more than anything. It seriously is implying that bronies, a small 10% minority on the internet at best, have ruined the internet. There is no need to exemplify how much of an exaggeration this has to be when you consider the full scale of pony modifications and content on the internet. I'm sorry to offend anyone but if you truly feel seeing a pony thumbnail is ruining your time on the internet then you are fucking MENTAL.
I'd say I was fucking insane too if I was frothing at the mouth because something I didn't like or approve of is on a public uploading site I frequent.
3. "Bronies are disgusting"
Another funny, blanket statement used regarding issues surrounding clop aka pony porn. What these people don't seem to understand is that a small fraction of the entire brony community admits to actually clopping and an even smaller minority makes it. The best part about this buzz statement to me is that clop would still exist had bronies not even existed, effectively proving the entire point of R34. (The idea that porn exists regardless of whatever the subject is)
I would also love to hear these people's opinions relating to porn made of Pokemon, seeing as how this statement seems to refer to sexualizing animals. Pokemon porn is also extremely popular on sites like Rule 34 as well as tons of other anime porn starring tentacles. (Hentai)
As you can already tell, these have all been buzz phrases used primarily to get upvotes without actually stating anything important. I also love how there is never an explanation with any of them to try to explain for the outright bastard claims they make. Clearly once someone becomes a brony they are immediately turned into a complete faggot. I wish I was joking. Anti-bronies aren't the only ones to use rhetoric on the internet; it actually seems quite common with many bandwagons to employ these kind of tactics. The CoD hate bandwagon, for instance, uses buzz phrases to similar effect, stereotyping fans of CoD as childish kids who know no good entertainment and talking about how every CoD is the absolutely same game with just a different title. The irony comes is when you realize that the people who do this are mainly Battlefield fans who's own developer, Dice, has been making yearly releases which have been heavily criticized for hardly deviating at all from the previous titles. (Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline come especially to mind) It's shit like this that made me wonder if anti-bronies would ever come under the same scrutiny they put bronies under. (If only....lmao)
Now hear me out: I am no CoD fan, I actually dislike CoD gameplay in general. I am a Battlefield fan if anything out of the two. However, I'm at least mature enough to admit the faults of the Battlefield series while being reasonably aware that others may not like the franchise for its gameplay. I'm not the one out there calling anyone who doesn't like Battlefield a fucking moron for not "appreciating great gameplay" because I realize everything is purely up to opinion. Neither am I out there saying people don't appreciate great cartoons because they don't like MLP like I do. This is because, unlike them, I actually respect that other people hold different interests and I encourage others to pursue their OWN interests.
Unfortunately though, it seems gamer culture has been hijacked by all of these silly little bandwagons that are against everything free speech. Not one of them has shown an ounce of intelligence nor sign of improving. Please do not be this kind of person. I speak out to you, the reader, to search your own soul; to stand by your own beliefs even if it means being yourself. Group entities like this devoted to trashing other people for their preferences have never shown the slightest of reason and IMO, stand tribute to how little we have changed from our early tribal upbringings as a species. It's always "CoD vs. Battlefield, Xbox One vs. PS4, bronies vs. anti-bronies, Christians vs. atheists!" Ever notice that? It should be clear by now that humans love to fight, and rationalizing is honestly not our best quality...unfortunately.
I could go on and on with more examples of common rhetoric spewed in the recesses we call the YouTube comment section, but that would be boring as they all seem to be just the same trash statements, hence the theme "common" throughout this article.
If you have any disagreements with me then feel free to share them. I am always open to others.