OP literally made up a sexual assault and failed abduction story about an eleven year old girl for the sake of getting notes for anti-brony hate, and…
Let’s not forget that terrible things often happen at anime and comic cons and grocery store parking lots and malls and in the military and in people’s own houses. Don’t act like bronies are the only group of people where something bad has ever happened. Large groups of people means there is a chance that there might be a terrible person in there that might do something terrible.
Keep in mind that every year there is a number of muggings at Otakon, so surely everyone in and around the largest anime con in the US is a terrible person? Because that’s totally how things work? And how about all the wonderful instances of sexual harassment at comic cons?
My mother’s former boss got abducted from a grocery store parking lot in broad daylight by a group of men that forced her to buy things for them at gun point. Clearly 100% of people that go to the grocery are horrible people by that logic.
Stop clinging to single instances of bronies doing bad things as proof that they’re bad. The human race has some assholes in it, this is nothing new.
Bad things happen everywhere.
That doesn’t mean we should ignore them.
We should be trying to make our spaces as good as they can be.
I’m not saying we should ignore them because we SHOULDN’T. My comments were in reply to someone pointing at this instance as bronies=evil. It’s not cool to generalize an entire group of people just because of a few assholes and that was the point I was trying to make.
And the problem I have, having been pushed out of the G4 fandom by the shitty people who claim the title “brony”, is that they’re all quick to scream “not all of us!" while they’re very happy to harass and threaten anyone who actually points out unacceptable behavior. Because Bronies are perfect you see, and anyone who claims otherwise is an evil liar and hater and all the slurs you care to think of.
Most of the people targeted this way are women.
An ugly pattern emerges.
Just because other fandoms are shitty doesn’t excuse it.
I don’t accept that fandoms have to be a shitty misogynist mess.
I’m a woman too and yes, people should be called out for shitty behavior. But there’s a difference between saying “this specific person is an asshole and should deal with the consequences of their actions” and “this entire group of people is horrible because a few people were assholes”. I work in the comic industry and I’ve seen many instances where women were treated horribly either by male fans or male industry professionals. But I also know that it won’t solve anything to instantly assume that 100% of male comic fans or professionals are bad, because it’s not true.
If you’ve seen any of the recent comic industry controversy, a number of women have stepped forward to point out exactly who has harmed them because of their gender. They did the right thing by standing up for their selves and by pointing out the specific men that harmed them. They did not approach the situation like “all men in the comic industry are automatically bad because these 2 guys sexually harassed me”. That would not have helped anything and would have earned them more enemies than allies.
The people that do those things deserve to be called out for hurting others and deserve to suffer the consequences. But generalizing an entire group of people is going to do more harm than good. It puts people on the defensive and makes them not open to change. Telling a brony “I think all bronies are horrible” is not a good way to get them to help your cause. You should be spending more time going after the people that are actually hurting others than making broad generalizations about people that don’t have anything to do with what happened.
I don’t believe that bronies are perfect, much like I don’t believe that any person on the planet is perfect. But making assumptions about people is terrible and I will not do that. Want to rally people to your cause? Not calling them assholes or evil or misogynist is probably a good first step.
I hate to see that you’ve been hurt by some bronies in the past and I don’t doubt that there’s bad apples out there. Don’t think I’m trying to say “omg you’re a jerk and all bronies are my BFFs” because you should not be put down for who you are. (much like bronies should not be put down for who they are)
I’m not saying you have to like bronies, you’re allowed your opinion. I just think you should bare minimum remember that using people that are hateful towards you as a reason to be more hateful to others is never the right thing to do.
This is a perfect example of what my opinions on this matter are, thanks for summing it up ‘cause I sure as hell couldn’t get it across for one reason or another.