Bronies - adults who love My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (MLP) and participate in the show's fandom - are among the Internet's most frequently discussed subcultures. Some see bronies as creative, fun loving people who defy gender roles by appreciating a show aimed at young girls. Others see them as creepy adults who make the community uncomfortable for the show's actual target demographic.
No one knows what it's truly like to be a brony better than those who self-identify with the term, and no one understands what's really going on in the show's fan community better than the people who decided to leave it. On Reddit, former bronies reveal why they left the My Little Pony fandom.
For some, it's simply a matter of losing interest or not having time to keep up with the show. Others had terrible experiences which left them unwilling to participate with their peers. Some still love the series, while others can't stand it. Each person's experience is unique - but these Redditors have all left My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
He Felt That The Fandom Had A Clear And Present Lack Of Diversity
From a former Redditor:
I really stopped caring about the show after a couple of seasons, and it was just a matter of time. You start to realize that a lot of your brony friends are predominantly white and... sadly a lot of them turned out to be rather race tone deaf. They didn't see racism as much as I did on a daily basis.
It's a common thing when you're white - or if you're even [any other] race at that - you don't see the struggles of someone else's own shoes but you focus more on your own... So sooner or later, I just stopped caring about My Little Pony and I honestly just accepted that it was a good TV show for children that was made for children. Not for us men and that's fine to understand that particular thing, some things are just not for adults. I mean it could [be] but let's face it, when the show ends - it's time to grow up a bit.
They Didn't Want To Have To Explain It To Their Girlfriend
From Redditor /u/GodotIsWaiting4U:
[I] got a girlfriend, didn’t want to have to explain why MLP kept showing up in continue watching on Netflix, so I simply stopped. I don't think she would have minded, but I didn't particularly want to invite the gentle teasing.
Also let's be honest, Season 3 and the Equestria Girls movie made it really easy to quit.
College And Anime Ate Up Their Free Time
From Redditor /u/broadswordmaiden:
Other shows, mostly anime, took over the time I had. I was in college, so I was pretty busy.
I'd like to get back to it, turns out it's still going strong, and I really dig the direction the show has taken. It's a nice surprise for an episodic series to actually progress the characters forward along their goals, and have them share what they've learned with others. The morals are more mature and nuanced now that their target audience has grown older too.
It Stopped Being Easily Accessible
From Redditor /u/AdvocateSaint:
Getting busier with college was a factor, but it had much to do with Hasbro's intensified takedowns of uploaded videos on YouTube. They just eliminated the most accessible way for their fans to watch the show and maybe get interested enough to buy their merch (which was the whole point of the series to begin with).
I didn't wanna bother with dailymotion, my internet speed at the time was impractical for torrents, and after a few episodes into season 4 I just faded out from the fanbase.
Oh, and perhaps the Equestria Girls thing convinced me that the show was really straying from Lauren Faust's vision.