#4) Realize That Bronies Have More Than One Interest
Eventually, cultural commentators will figure out that watching one show and liking it doesn’t translate to “completely obsessed with it to an unhealthy degree.”
Of course there are people unhealthily obsessed with the show. But there are people unhealthily obsessed with any form of entertainment. Hell, in terms of unhealthy obsession, you can’t beat sports fans. When was the last time fans of any fictional TV show rioted? Why is nobody asking what the hell is wrong with them?
Step #5) Realize That You Don’t Understand These Guys Not Because Of Their Love of Cartoon Horses, But Because Being In Your Twenties is Way Different Now.
As we mentioned before, the bronies did a census and found that most bronies are single, male, and 15 to 29 is the largest age bracket.
For all the old people confused as to how a guy like this could find some joy in watching a bunch of talking horses, it’s not really that hard. Being in your twenties generally sucks. You’re probably broke, you’ve got between ten and thirty thousand dollars of debt to work off if you’re an average American, you’re dealing with relationships as an adult for the first time and likely making a miserable hash of it, and you’re probably working a job you hate that a monkey could do.
Escapism is the order of the day. I spent my early and mid twenties watching Mad Men, Sealab 2021, The X-Files, Bones, House, Burn Notice, The Venture Brothers… point is, you find something that makes your day-to-day a little easier, you get obsessed. And if you happen to be lonely and looking for friends, it’s just that much easier if the show has a subculture to get that much more into it.
In short, bronies are just people looking for a half-hour of fun. So cut them a break.