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July 6th, 2012
09:38 PM ET

My Little Pony meets the BRONIES

As children of one generation start having kids of their own, toy makers often re-release vintage toys to capitalize on nostalgia.

That's why, in the past few years, we've seen the return of a number of popular characters from the 1980s. Which brings us to tonight's number: 1987.

That was the year that the TV show "My Little Pony n' Friends" went off the air. Almost 25 years ago.

But the ponies are back.

The second season of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" just aired on the TV network THE HUB. The main character is Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn pony sent to the town of Ponyville to study the magic of friendship. It is VERY popular.

Last weekend more than 4,000 fans of the show gathered for a My Little Pony convention. It was a huge event with panels, galleries and a giant merchandise area.

AND the most unusual part - most of the attendees were male. It's true. One of the fastest-growing segments of the My Little Pony audience is actually men. They call themselves BRONIES. As in BROS who like PONIES.

And they love the new My Little Pony show. This weekend, at BRONYCON – for brony convention, of course – we spotted them buying pony art and wearing pony costumes.

It was a diverse group. One guy told us he was in the Navy, another came from Canada, one guy hopes to write for television. We asked why they love My Little Pony.  Almost every one of them said, "I love the stories". Stories like the time Applejack tried to tackle the entire harvest alone.

And sure, we know some of you are saying, "Guys who like My Little Pony?" Yeah. They do.  And we celebrate people who have enthusiasm and passion for something.

Besides, it might be good if there was a little Brony in all of us.


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  1. PEGRETWERTWERT5634645

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    October 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  2. YRTYEertyertyRTY4563456

    Nope, I'm a girl and I'm a brony, too. The term pegasister is a fairly recent development, and personally I don't see the need for it as it sort of says, "Well yeah, guys are the original bronies, and girls can be... something else." I was a brony long before I even knew what a brony was, so the term has sort of stuck with me. I suppose girls can be pegasisters if they like, but I'll personally always prefer to be called a brony.

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    September 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  3. Miss Anthrope

    My daughters, aged 22 and 15, are both Bronies. I do not have an issue at all with it. It is something that has brought two normally squabbling siblings together, and that is never a bad thing. They speak in almost a code about Bro-hoofs and telling me something is "20% cooler" for some reason or another and I love it.
    It is nice to see CNN doing an article on something like this that doesn't bring out the nasty garbage that it otherwise might.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  4. Flamespeak

    I have seen the show and don't understand the extreme level of fandom it has, but I don't hate on the fans for having said fandom. I guess it might come from the fact that there is very little on TV these days with silly cartoon humor and decent writing, plus from what I saw, it also throws in a good amount of cultural references here and there if you have a sharp eye (I recall an episode with a bowling alley that had pony versions of the crew from the Big Lebowski in it for example)

    It is good that a news source isn't trying to paint the fans as degenerates and pedophiles as I have seen done in the past through other outlets before.

    Props, CNN. Props.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
  5. Brandon "Thunder Buck" Mesher

    Erin thank you SO much for this segment! I've been waiting forever to see MLP make it to CNN. I knew it was only a matter of time before it happened. I'm so glad you welcomed us with open hooves before Anderson would try to put us on the Ridiculist or something. Love the show, thanks again. Welcome to the herd.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  6. thetruckinglife

    why this Number segment on the Bronies reminded me of the cabbage patch kids i will never know.
    missed the show on friday but anyways. Happy Monday!

    July 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  7. Talley-Wacker

    FINALLY THEY USE RARITY INSTEAD OF TWILIGHT AND PINKIE PIE. RARITY IS THE BEST PONY!!!!!

    HOO-WAA
    STAFF SERGEANT-FOX

    July 9, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  8. Maquabra

    Haha. Yes, we bronies are all about fun, creativity and before everything: friendship. It's great to finally see a professional media report that does not attempt to fit us into some strange convention :)

    You've just made a million of new friends /)

    Best wishes from Poland

    July 9, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  9. Pinkie Pie After Too Much Sugar / NightmareSnake

    This is fantastic. It's very refreshing to see a report on bronies conducted in a fair and balanced manner.

    Thank you, CNN. You rock, woohoo!

    -Scott

    July 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  10. Some Misunderstood Brony

    This seriously put a smile on my face. It makes me so happy to see a news segment not demoralizing us Bronies. Thank you for being so open minded and accepting, Erin! I think I speak for the entire Brony community when I say you did a wonderful job explaining our fandom to the public. (:

    July 8, 2012 at 4:34 am | Reply
  11. Jacob Ellinger

    CNN is my new tv news network. love you guys /)*brohoof*

    July 8, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
  12. Garrett

    This brony approves of this article.

    Love and tolerance <3

    July 8, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
  13. Jonathan Wheeler

    Thank you. That was a very generous article for the brony community. It really means a lot to me that somewone would be as open-minded as you guys. As a brony, I definetely speak for the entire fanbase when I say that you guy's have won my honest respect.

    Bro hoof! /)

    July 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  14. Ganelon

    I'm very happy that CNN decided to report on this in the way news networks should, unlike a certain other network which, in the words of John de Lancie, doesn't deserve to be called a news network and is destroying truth in America. Let's stomp out the bigotry displayed by Fox.

    Erin Burnett has made herself very popular with a certain fanbase ;)

    July 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  15. gamesrock22

    It warms my heart to finally see a news article not demeaning us as weird socially awkward people with mental illness.

    Thank you CNN.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  16. Rachel

    Don't forget about girl fans of the show Erin! The girls prefer pegasisters! /)*(\

    July 7, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Frenchi

      Nope, I'm a girl and I'm a brony, too. The term pegasister is a fairly recent development, and personally I don't see the need for it as it sort of says, "Well yeah, guys are the original bronies, and girls can be... something else." I was a brony long before I even knew what a brony was, so the term has sort of stuck with me. I suppose girls can be pegasisters if they like, but I'll personally always prefer to be called a brony.

      July 7, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Elise

      Well, not all. I HATE being called a "pegasister". Brony is gender-neutral.

      July 8, 2012 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • Rina

      I beg to differ.

      Pegasister is an awful term. It separates the brony group.

      We should be a big group of bronies, not two groups of pegasisters and bronies.

      Plus pegasister sounds really stupid.

      July 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Jane

      I prefer Brony. Pegasister sounds idiotic.

      July 9, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Cordovan Splotch

      Some girls prefer the term pegasister, a lot of others prefer to be counted as bronies, just like their male counterparts. I generally stay on the safe side and refer to both genders as bronies, and call someone a pegasister if they express a preference for that moniker.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply
    • dodojoe123

      Not all. I have a friend who happens to be female and despises that name "Pegasisters". Besides, "Brony" is often used for both male and female fans of the show who are perhaps not from it's target demographic.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
  17. Bob

    I think this is a good thing. We all need to be a little more accepting of different cultures.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
  18. garymuthafuknoak

    This is great! I'm glad you put a positive look on Bronies unlike Fox News.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  19. GS

    http://gsphere.deviantart.com/art/Mare-and-Balanced-313130447

    And we bronies celebrate people who are open-minded, thoughtful, and optimistic, like the author of this report :D

    July 7, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  20. garymuthafuknoak

    This is really great! I'm glad you put a positive look on Bronies unlike Fox News.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:49 am | Reply
  21. EtaBrony

    Hey, I very much welcome and applaud your view on us bronies. Fighting through the bigot to vertically show there is nothing wrong with enjoying MLP. If you like it, you go watch it, and if you manage to do that, even though all social peer pressures say don't do it. Then I say the more power to you(or in this case, to us).

    I respect and applaud CNN's neutral, and perhaps even slightly positive view on bronies.

    With love,
    Etabrony
    -Dutch Brony

    July 7, 2012 at 5:37 am | Reply
  22. A Brony

    You don't know how happy it makes me to see a news source not demonizing Bronies, I've heard the terms man-child, immature, deviant, and less favorable misnomers far too many times. Your news report was quite satisfying and I can't thank you enough for it.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  23. Spencer Nutt

    Glad to finally see some actual news coverage of Bronies that doesn't present us as weird old men who like little girls. Thank you for simply reporting what has happened.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
  24. Haku

    I'm so glad that as time goes by, people are starting to dive deeper into the Brony Fandom instead of just judging us by how we're acting and what we like.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  25. mextero

    Proud to be a Brony in electrical engineering! You can almost assume that my favorite pony would be twilight sparkle she rocks science and magic. Go Brony brothers.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply

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