@Verbs, Blue, Fifths, Deadparrot & This Mandowhatever case
I’m just going to chime in a bit if that’s ok, give my two cents if possible, and reply to some of your points. Although I will leave quite a bit of what I could say out, seeing what you have covered already.
Simply, I don’t think a lot of bronies like Mandopony. It probably started with just plain jealousy. You’re seriously dating part of the staff, you’ve helped write music for the show, and (I believe) even had your OC in the show…in addition to having your own, non-official reputation regarding the fanmusic. Many people like to be acknowledged for their work from fanfics, music, fanart, or whatever. And I don’t think anyone has gotten the acknowledgement that Mandopony has (except maybe Jan.)
I think this simply covers most of it when it comes to the reason for the hate. Mandopony managed to succeed in multiple areas where the largest part of the fandom could only dream off. Date staff, make show decisions, acknowledgement. When it comes to the brony fandom, Mandopony is what you can call a winner.
But increase the popularity and attention something gets, and you also increase the hate and negative attention something gets. It’s human nature to be jealous. History has shown this various times. To give a more known example: Justin Bieber in his younger years (so prior to his actions of the recent years). He was just a little snot who could sing, but he managed to get all the women swoon for him, and that’s what caused the backlash. Sure you can say that his music sucks, but 75% of his hatedom back then never really listened to his music (or at least not further than Baby).
Obviously, I absolutely agree with the call to not harass them, but I don’t really like the implication that they should have never tried this idea in the first place.
I think we can agree on that, but I will say that they might’ve approached the idea wrongly.
Clearly the two of like each other and they both like to make “fanart” (is that a proper term here) of their OCs together. It’s how their relationship rolls, so that’s cool. And there’s not really much wrong with starting a Tumblr blog for it so you can share it.
But making an Ask blog might’ve been the wrong decision here. It’s the internet, experience has taught us that certain topics on the internet are doomed to get a backlash. They made an ask blog, in which they allow anonymous questions. Plenty of blogs went down that route and had to quit because they couldn’t deal with the hate.
I’m not saying they deserved it, because nobody does, but they kinda should’ve seen this coming from miles away when they planned to start an ask blog.
This is Mando and Sibsy. Or if you want a ponified version. [Schmoopy scenes]
Except it isn’t.
They have created a blog, one of literally thousands, in the brony fandom. But are you forced to look at that blog and see the content? Are we demanding you to visit their blog? Are we telling you that you must accept the existance of their blog by looking at it?
No, of course we aren’t, and you’re stupid if you believe that to be the case when comparing it to those videos. Because in your examples, people are forced to look at them and deal with it. If I don’t want to deal with their flaunting I simply close the tab and look at other stuff, really fucking simple.
Sure, they’re the flaunting type of lovers, can’t disagree with that. But it’s not like they’re slamming it in my face, forcing me to deal with it. You aren’t forced to look at them flaunting their relationship. They are simply sharing their love in their own little area which you can look at if you want but certainly don’t have to. Or are you telling me we’re physically incapable to not look at their easily avoidable flaunting?
Until they’re going to flaunt their relationship each time again in the canon episodes, I don’t see the existance of their OCs as an issue.
And I don’t think I’d like to sacrifice either of those things so that a couple lucky white fucks can feel unperturbed while ejaculating their love into the eyes of the nameless masses.
I think you’re suffering from the jealousy issue we brought up earlier Fifths, because this type of reaction really reeks of it in every way.
I will assume for now that you’re not one of those guys that sends them anon hate. But considering that you’re refusing to give up internet anonymity in this instance, I can’t be 100% certain.
As for my own opinions towards this: I simply do not care what those two will do with their love life.
Fuck man, it’s their life, who am I to decide on that for them? If they feel happy with a bit of flaunting, but manage to keep it contained to certain areas of the internet that are easy to avoid, then I’m ok with that. They’re a long distance couple, so they have to look for solutions to keep the relationship going. I won’t take the time to look at them, because I have better things to do.
Did they deserve the hate? No, of course not, nobody does. But I will stick to what I said earlier, in that an ask blog might’ve been a bad decision. An art blog would’ve been a smarter idea perhaps. But either way, ask or art blog, some sections of this fandom really need to find better things to waste time on.