So I just got back last night from a brony convention in San Francisco. I was working a booth for a vendor friend, and let me tell you what happened:
We met a little girl who was there with her family. She got a button drawn at our booth, told us all about her favorite…
"So I just got back last night from a brony convention in San Francisco. I was working a booth for a vendor friend, and let me tell you what happened:"
In my mind.
"We met a little girl who was there with her family. She got a button drawn at our booth, told us all about her favorite ponies, and was overall just too damn cute. She had an MLP lanyard filled with pins she’d gotten in the vendor’s room, and gave me a Fluttershy pin because she liked my cosplay. She ended up just hanging out with us for a while and bein’ super cute. We call her Babby because she’s 11 and precious."
That’s nice. If she exists.
"The next day, she runs up to the booth, terrified, and asks if she can please hide under our table for a few minutes."
Yes because 11 year olds run up to the booths of complete strangers and ask to hide under their tables like toddlers. If whatever she saw was so scary, why is she being allowed to walk around a convention unattended?
"Turns out a dude had been following her around the con all day, and tried to get her to come up to his hotel room."
And you didn’t call the police in this totally real situation because….?
"Alone. She tells us she thought he was okay at first because he was wearing an MLP shirt, but she didn’t want to go anywhere with him, and he made her uneasy."
This is some “violent videogames make children violent think of the children!” type bullshit already, Helen Lovejoy.
"At one point, after she’d refused, he grabbed her arm in the elevators and tried to get her to follow him. She ran, and now she wants somewhere to hide."
Where are her parents?
"We tell her of course, hurry her behind our booth and fucking station ourselves around her because she’s eleven years old}”
We’ve established that she’s eleven years old. I know you’re going straight for the feels over reals jugular, but give it a fucking rest, Helen.
" and all of us are prepared to physically attack the human trashheap"
But not enough to call the police so he can’t do the same to another little girl with irresponsible parents who just wants to enjoy the convention, it seems.
"who tries to fuck with her. We’re all dressed up in wings and ears and we’re 100000% prepared to rip them off and launch across that table to defend this kid."
But again, not enough to call the police and stop this happening to another child, it seems. Just self-righteous anger that serves no purpose execpt to make you feel good about yourself afterwards.
"Eventually this very large dude strolls by, very obviously looking around, and she quietly points him out to us. At this point I’m ready to set him on fire, but when I ask if she needs me to go report him, she shakes her head. She doesn’t want to get in trouble, or make anyone mad."
And god forbid you take five minutes out of your day to protect the precious babies you claim to care so much about of course, judging how an eleven year old was able to convince you not to do anything useful.
"We see him a few more times over the course of the day, because he keeps meandering over to our booth and just casually looking around. "
Good thing he didn’t try to molest any more girls, as far as you know. Or cared.
"Eventually he actually stops to take a flier from our table and asks us a question, and we coldly send him on his way."
Oh how brave and noble. Your cold stare probably protected so many children.
"We start sending a coworker with Babby whenever her parents aren’t around"
Grade A parenting.
"and she wants to go check out artist’s alley or the vendor’s hall. Because otherwise she’s not safe.”
Guess who else isn’t safe, with a pedo running around that you refuse to take actual steps to stop? Every other child in the convention hall. But who cares about them, rite?
"She can’t run around and freely enjoy a convention about a show aimed at her, because instead of being surrounded by peers she’s somehow surrounded by men “
By that logic, no child is ever safe at home, because most children who die of domestic violence are killed by their mothers, or have their killers be enabled by their mothers. Because all men are pedophiles, of course.
"who pose a threat to her."
Tumblr, remember that talk about you using the actions of inidividuals to preach hatred, fear and paranoia against entire groups? Stop it.
"My point here: this is why I fucking hate “bronies.” Because grown-ass men are flooding into a space carved out for children—often little girls—and are making it unsafe for them.”
"I met a pedo so all men are pedos so only women are allowed to watch things intended for children and sexualise them!" But it’s okay for YOU to flood into a space carved out for children, am I right? Also, if you’re so concerned about children’s safety, why didn’t you go apprehend a child molester? It would have done much more good then your whining about icky boys joining your girls only clubhouse about cartoon ponies.
"I met a lot of non-awful people there, of course. I met a lot of parents and older siblings. A lot of adorable little boys who were happy to empathize with female characters"
How nice. So are little boys watching the show going to be like elephant herds: once they get too big and not-cute, they are chased away and banned from rejoining the herd? Once the boy hits puberty he is banned from teh fandom 5eva?
"and a lot of little kids who wanted a picture with cosplays of their favorite pony. I met a lot of people who were cool and nice and just liked cartoons. I met a male Pinkie Pie cosplayer with a Fluttershy lady-friend who juggled and spun plates and was happy to entertain kids, and were generally just really cool people."
But you met one pedophile so no men are allowed to enjoy the show or call themselves Bronies ever. Ever.
"But I also met a lot of skeevy dudebros. A lot of guys in fedoras loudly discussing sexual shit in a room with children."
Because fangirls never discuss their yaoi OTPs about Ben 10 or Danny Phantom doubleteaming Hiccup from HTTYD or their Bubblegum/Marceline or their bastardisation of sisterly love between a queen and her sister the princess into cartoon porn about two incestuous lesbians with age inappropriate audiences, am I right?
"Guys who drew/sold/displayed really fucking inappropriate “fanart,”
Because fangirls never draw art of Big Mac and Shining Armour getting it on or cream themselves over femmeslash.
"including gross bodypillows that had no purpose in a little kids’ toy convention."
Last convention I was at, there were plenty of male bodypillows aimed at female convention-goers.
"I met a guy who gushed with absoluteglee about the pleasure he derives from “corrupting innocence.”
Sounds like a chapter title in My Immortal, or any yaoi fanfic about Draco seducing Harry and Ron.
"I met a lot of people who wanted to take something sweet and nice for children and make it about THEM."
Says the one trying to take something sweet and nice for children and make it all about her hipster lesbian dogma.
"A lot of guys who wanted to make it about their dicks”
A lot of female fanfic writers and fanartists love making it about the male characters dicks too.
"People who made it UNSAFE for the intended audience to even be in attendance.”
People like you who didn’t report a dangerous sexual predator because you personally didn’t feel like it.
"So yeah. If you call yourself a brony, I’m prolly not gonna trust you. "
And if you type shit like this, I’m just going to think you are a hysterical lackwit who claims to care about little girls but not enough to lift a finger to do anything useful, and you are just getting your panties in a knot because icky boys are daring to join your special NO BOYS ALLOWED CUZ DEY EAT BOOGERS AND RIP THE HEADS OFF BABY DOLLS clubhouse.
"Because I’ve seen y’all in action, and I am not impressed."
Funny, I’m not impressed by people who claim to care so much about childrens, and gush on about how wonderful and noble and they’ll do everything to protect the kiddies, and saving them from the peadurfilessss but stand around with their thumbs up their butts and can’t bring themselves to do anything but give the stink eye when one attempts to molest a child in their presence.
"Frankly I’m infuriated."
Really? Me too.
"This is like a bunch of gross neckbeards swarming Disneyland and shoving kids out of the way so they can grope Cinderella, and finding nothing wrong with it because they think they’re entitled to it."
It’s pretty transparent that you don’t give a flying fuck about the childrensssss, and have just got your Fluttershy underooos in a skidmark about icky boys in your super secret special hipster feminist treehouse.
"My Little Pony is a really cute show with a lot of nice messages for kids, and gross brony shitweasels are trying to fucking take it from them by force”
This seriously is some Helen Lovejoy sensationalist bullshit.
"And I will fight them."
Girl please, you can’t even bring yourself to report a sexual predator when one harasses a child and attempts to molest her in front of you. If this story even happened to begin with.
Nothing to see here, comrades…just someone being handed a heaping helping of their ass with all the trimmings…Move along