(THREAD) So now that the dust has cleared on the BronyCon announcement I feel like I have to give my hot take.

I mean, all the cool kids are so here we go.
I cannot tell you how many tweets I’ve seen either asking or answering the question “is the fandom dying?” And I can’t tell you how much I think that’s the wrong question to ask.
If the implication here is that we want to grow “the fandom” in order to keep having profitable conventions we shouldn’t ask questions that frame us passive entities in it.

We are all participants in this.
So let’s start by asking the real questions: firstly are we centering the needs of the show staff? Also what about the desires of the REAL fan base of the series (mostly children under 10?)
Also who are we allowing to make space for in “the fandom?” And no, you can’t say everyone. There are people who because of their inclusion you make the space unsafe for others.
And I hope by actually addressing this question we gain the conviction to say “nazi bronies fuck off” at subsequent conventions.
In that same vein we should ask whether or not we’re curtailling possessiveness among the fans of the show. Also removing meaningless judging of others opinions.
I cannot TELL you how many times I’ve been to a convention and even MENTIONING Spike’s name elicits a deluge of rants and tirades from everybody around me.
I could go on but I want to make my (possibly controversial) thesis statement right now:
It’s far more preferable to have a small connected group of people who genuinely care about each others’ needs over their own wants, rather than a massive horde of selfish possessive dregs.
“But BP, are you saying that we should be policing each others’ behavior all the time?”

Well, I think that’s an overstatement. But I don’t think it’s controversial to say that you get the community that you build, and if you don’t try to build one you’ll end up with the dregs.
Anyway, that’s my take, hot as it may be.

I may offer more clarification but it’s getting late as it is. Ciao. And yeah, pony people, really ask yourself these questions.
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