Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Celebrities in the Brony Fandom.

An article on the many ways, the lives of those in the spotlight are affected by the magic of friendship...

By Hayley Berry

"Celebrity" - what's first thing to come to mind when you hear that word?
Whatever the case may be and wherever you may stand when it comes to your view on the rich and famous, I can bet one thing's for sure - the last thing that comes to mind is their possible interest (or lack thereof) in the candy coloured pony fandom we've all grown to know and love.

For a number of pony lovers, without true, legitimate confirmation from the person themselves, there is no real way of telling whether an idol of theirs really does enjoy the show, as sometimes there can be misunderstandings surrounding a famous person's likelihood of being a part of the fandom. An example of this is Deadmau5 was suspected of being a Brony, when we was seen wearing a Fluttershy depicting shirt to a concert he was playing in island. This caused him to have to later explain to misled fans that he is not, in fact, a Brony.

The important, integral life lessons each of us learns from the day-to-day activities of our pony friends are all around us. To me, one of the most memorable and key things that we can take from them, is that the people who can take these lessons and apply them to their everyday lives, are not just those of us who consider ourselves the "regular" MLP fans but those we look up to as well. To me, upon announcing their love of the show we all have placed our hopes and hearts into, the people who give us the joy and happiness their chosen career field brings, be it music, film-making, writing etc. should only be seen as more of an asset to the way we choose to live, than they were before taking the big step of letting the world see this whole new side of them. It takes a huge bout of confidence and respect for the fandom, for anyone to feel ready to openly admit being a Brony/Pegasister to the world. The main reason for this being the risk of abuse, bullying and sometimes even neglect from those closest to us, as well as from people we've never met (and probably never will). So for a famous person to declare themselves as one of us must take an even greater amount leap of faith, for which my level of respect for such people is very high.

To conclude, my personal opinion on what we can all take away from the interconnecting worlds of celebrity and non-celebrity Bronies/Pegasisters, is that no matter what our personal status in the world may be, acceptance and tolerance of each and every one of us in the fandom is key to its happiness. Just because somepony may be under pressure to please those they are working for, because they're out there in the spotlight and need to make an impression, doesn't necessarily mean they should become a robot, so to speak and as such keep their love of something that may get them mocked or worse, abandoned by their fans or close ones to themselves. This is something we need to show the ones we look up to. Whether or not we are a fan of any particular famous pony fan out there, I believe we should conduct ourselves in such a way that lets them know they have no reason to be afraid of admitting what they like to the world, to anyone. After all, isn't that what kick-started their careers in the first place...?

There are a whole host of possible answers to this question.
For some, it is a title that shows status, poise and talent in the person's particular field or chosen pathway in life. For others, it is simply a label, placed upon a person to make them seem more "important" or "higher up" in life than the non-famous amongst us in this world.
Personally, my view on the term depends entirely on the person it's being used to describe. Are they somebody who has worked their way up from the bottom to be where they are, seen hard times and struggled through them best they could, with little to no help along the way?
Or are they somebody who happens to be lucky enough to be physically related to such a person, the results of which usually take the form of said relation being used as what most would call a tool, a tool to be used as a quick fix in the lands of celebrity stardom. Something a person feels no shame in using to get them where they want to be much more quickly.

What would you do, if you were to one day find out your idol was a Brony or Pegasister? Would it change the way you viewed them as a person, or would you simply not mind and carry on your life as normal?
There are a number of factors that could influence where you'd go from the point of finding out; who exactly is said idol, is being a Brony/Pegasister something you'd long suspected of them, or a complete surprise?
Should the latter be the situation, do you think you'd be able to handle it or would you be a little disappointed that the Brony family you've come to love after all these years is expanding so quickly? Would you see it as almost like your child, something you as the "parent" has held close to your heart for so long, but must now set free so that others may also experience the magic for themselves?

There were a number of fans who saw this news as disappointing to hear, but accepted it nonetheless.
Alongside these misunderstandings, however, there are also happier times when the famous are happy to openly accept and admit their love for the show, sharing it with the world without a care for what people may think.
A celebrity who fits nicely into this category is Anthony Bourdain, who once clearly stated that he is happy to sit and watch the show with his daughter.

Everypony doesn't have to agree with or even begin to like a person for their interest in our fandom, but respecting them and as such treating them as both an individual, and as a part of our family will be the first step towards changing the way we are seen in the public eye in general - if celebrities in the Brony fandom can one day be accepted, perhaps us non-celeb's will be too...

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