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Big Hollywood discovers “Terrifying New Trend”–Adult My Little Pony Fans

In a huge case of “can’t tell if trolling,” Kurt Schlichter at wrote an article about how adult fans of “My Little Pony” are a huge threat to our society.

No, I’m not joking: “Terrifying New Trend: Grown Men Who Dig ‘My Little Pony.'”

This pretty much sums up the post:

I don’t even know what to say, you guys. I’m usually not one to play the “There are Bigger Things To Worry About!!!” card, but… seriously? There are people who are producing outright propaganda and media outlets that air it under the guise of “unbiased reporting,” but the Worst Thing In The World, the Thing We Need to Worry About, is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? It doesn’t even air on basic cable. This is one of those stories that makes me sigh and think, No wonder people think conservatives are fun-hating, judgmental assholes. And then I’m driven to drink.

Honestly, the only good things about Schlichter’s post are the comment threads full of reasonable adult fans who call him out on his bullshit, and the people who respond and say, “Oh, okay, maybe I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, Person Who Has Actually Watched the Show.”

There are a lot of things to criticize bronies about—I don’t identify as a “brony” because I generally don’t associate with fandoms—but just liking the show isn’t one of them, especially if you haven’t watched it yourself. There are tons of articles on the Internet that already explain why adults are drawn to the show, so I’m not going to re-hash all of that. And part of me thinks that Schlichter’s post is so melodramatic and ridiculous and blatant link-baiting that it’s not even worth engaging. (And that’s why I’m busting out the macros!)

But the part where he talks about the lessons that Captain Kirk can teach to boys? “…that violence is an important option for defeating evil, that individual dignity is worth fighting for?” Those lessons are taught in My Little Pony. The former was covered particularly well in last week’s episode–the Mane Six ponies had to fight their way through a hoard of evil changelings to get to the Elements of Harmony. One of the ponies was used as a cannon! The show teaches that you have to be assertive and that sometimes, words aren’t enough to overcome your obstacles. The latter lesson is dealt with all the time as each pony (and Spike) struggles with her various problems: Fluttershy’s friends try to coerce her into being who they think she ought to be; the Cutie Mark Crusaders are growing up and trying to figure out what their talents are in the face of bullying; Spike saves an unborn phoenix from destruction by a few asshole pubescent dragons who just want to smash its egg. (If that’s not “fighting for individual dignity,” I don’t know what is. And it’s arguably Pro-Life, to boot! :P)

The show isn’t without other redeeming values, even if it does skip over the classic conservative message of promiscuous sex with strange alien ladies (wait… what?) Three of the Mane Six ponies manage businesses, one of which is a family farm. The “super-girly” pony? Is a fashion designer who runs her own boutique and sews the clothes she shells. The “main character” is smart and obsessed with reading and learning. Capitalism! Entrepreneurism! The importance of Family and Self-Education! Clearly this show is a threat to traditional American values.

She's probably reading the pony-equivalent of Marx!

I guess I’m just disappointed to see the conservative blogosphere jump on the Hate Wagon over My Little Pony because I am a fan and I’m all too used to people hating on things I like without giving it a chance. (As well as the aforementioned feelings of this is why people hate conservatives, stop shooting yourselves in the feet *headdesk*) That happens all the time to geeks, and I guess I figured that most bloggers are geeks and as such, they’d be more accepting of other fandoms. But no, they’ve spent all week complaining about bronies and how threatening they are to the masculinity of the nation.

I guess, overall, I just think that they’re stupid for writing off all MLP fans using all the classic tropes–perpetual virgins, perpetual children, pathetic guys who live at home with their parents, etc. It reminds me of the football fans who flood our Dragon*Con hotels and spend the weekend judging us for wearing costumes while they wear football jerseys, sundresses, and sometimes face and body paint to support their fandoms teams. It’s total obliviousness, and while it’s double-facepalm levels of stupid, it’s also a little hilarious.

Because while you’re being judgmental and telling jokes at our expense, we’re having fun. And it’s way more fun to participate in something you enjoy than it is to stand around and be negative, judgmental jerks.

Photo by Jimmy Burns of Angry Dog Studios.

This is Actually Patented: My Little Pony

I stumbled upon a drawing for a patent for “My Little Pony” today, which prompted me to look through Google’s Patent database for about an hour. I enjoy looking at patents—partially because I’m a huge nerd, and partially because they can be helpful. I actually save patent applications that I find amusing, and my little collection came in handy when I took a Patent Drafting class in law school. I had so much fun searching Google Patents that I decided to start posting links semi-regularly to some of the more interesting patents I find. So let’s get started.

Note: None of this is legal advice. It’s just me nerding out and having fun.

This week’s patents are design patents for “My Little Pony.”

“Toy Animal”
“Toy Pony”
“Toy Winged Horse Figure”
“Toy Unicorn”

All of these patents were issued in the 1980s, and all were assigned to Hasbro, the creators of the “My Little Pony” toy line and subsequent TV show. The drawings depict the horses in the original “G1” style. (The toys are currently in Generation 4, or G4, to coincide with the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” TV series.) The “Toy Animal” patent shows the figure with hair and eyes, while all the other ones are featureless other than what the base molds would create—the horn, the wings, etc.

Since these are design patents, the terms are shorter than that of a regular patent. The patent terms lasted until the 90s or even into the 2000s. I wondered whether the expiration of the patent coincided with the G2 design for the ponies, and sure enough, in 1997 Hasbro introduced the second generation (G2.)

The Descriptions in these patents also differ greatly from most other patents. Where most patents actually describe the device, method, etc., these patents basically say “look at the drawings.” That’s because these are design patents. You can get away with referring exclusively to your drawing because that actually shows the design you’re trying to patent. Design Patents are more limited than regular patents, too—you have to take extra care to make sure your drawings depict everything you want to patent, because you don’t get protection for things that aren’t included in your design patent application.

So there you go–MLP unicorns and pegasuses (Pegasi?) were, at one point, patented designs. Interestingly, Hasbro lost the rights to a lot of the ponies’ names between G1 and G4–I believe that Applejack is the only G1 name that made it all the way to G4, but I could be mistaken. But that’s a different branch of IP law. XD

Video: My Little Serenity

A My Little Pony/Serenity Trailer Mash-Up. Applejack is Jayne is the best (and most natural) casting decision ever.

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