disclaimer- Trying not to make this sound preachy. Probable failure shall ensue in 3...2...1...
The term 'Brony' has now come into usage to mean male Pony-fan, much akin to avatards but with a sprinkle of furry attached. MLP's essentially a show for girls, so chock in a healthy bunch of homophobia, and you have a general public reacting in harsh disdain for the suprisingly large number of male twentysomethings who enjoy it.
If MCM was anything to go by, some people really do enjoy it WAY TOO MUCH, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
People have been CRYING OUT for gender balance in TV and film, for solid female characters who don't fall into the Lara Croft/Lesbian binary choice. Here you have it on a plate. Well written, well animated, well presented.
I see some people being ASHAMED to like the show, calling it a guilty pleasure. I was raised catholic, trust me- I know about the guilt thing. MLP doesn't make me feel guilty in the slightest. Gummi Bears is my guilty pleasure, because thats a totally self indulgent nostalgia trip- I rarely to never partake, but it's a great unicorn chaser.
I'm proud to say I'm a fan of MLP, although I hesitate to use the term Brony. Lauren Faust successfully took one of my most disinterested franchises, and craft it into something that I'd hold alongside Foster's, Ben 10 and Fairly Odd Parents and Kim Possible in a list of damn-good-cartoons.
So I think we should be grateful to have QUALITY shows coming out, particularly those catering non-exclusively to a girl audience. Enjoy it for what it is, don't dismiss it for the behaviour of the fandom, and most of all, don't knock it til you've tried it.
On a seperate note, I'm REALLY enjoying the backgrounds in this, with an eager 'ooh let me try' anticipation that I can't wait to try my hand at. Hopefully I'll get around to something like that. For now, I'm up to my gills though. Stay classy everyone
Oh, by the way, feel free to comment, would love to hear if you have any thoughts on the show or it's public reaction.