For a community that emphasizes Love and Tolerance, there sure is a lot of Hate and Intolerance. That's right. I'm looking at you bronies.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm a brony too...or rather a pegasister...whatever you want to call it. But the reason why I'm calling out on you guys is because the community is full of hypocrisy. Love and Tolerate, my foot! Just look at the Derpy Hooves situation.
And no, I'm NOT going to share what I feel about that! This is purely to demonstrate that there is something wrong here! I'm sure you all remember the change iTunes made to The Last Roundup. There was an outrage. Is it okay to be angry? Sure. Is it okay to lash out at other fans whom you think may be responsible? No. Is it okay to send death threats to said fans you think may be responsible? Absolutely not!
DERPY HOOVES IS JUST A CARTOON CHARACTER. DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON REAL PEOPLE. I understand that some people are more passionate about their ponies than others. But when that passion drives you to attack real people, that's crossing the line. And they're bronies, just like you! If you can't even love and tolerate each other, how can you possibly do the same with non-bronies?
I'm not saying ALL of you bronies are like this, but from what I've seen and heard, there were quite a lot of you doing this. If people don't like Derpy, that's fine. Heck, even if they HATE her, that's fine. And it doesn't matter what the reason is. It could be very personal to them or it could just be that she bothers them. Now if they're trolls...well, just ignore them. They're trolls. That's what they do.
The first step to tolerating is to accept people's opinions and not lash out at them. In fact, I find it's better not to try to convince them why [insert character or series here] is so cool. Often, the phrase "Haters gonna hate" holds true in these situations and it gets you nowhere. The best thing to do is to just not say anything at all. Might I suggest you find some other way to vent if someone's opinions anger you? Well, you could just watch whatever it is you love so much (in this case, ponies) to make you feel better. Or you could take out some bad guys in whatever FPS games you guys play these days. Heck, even jogging or using a punching bag could release some of that steam. All these ideas can keep you from causing a futile argument.
Now, on to loving and tolerating "non-bronies"...
I know there are people who hate certain series because of the fans, and MLP: FiM is no exception. If they're being rather harsh or jerkish about it, don't attack them! You're just proving their point! Like with the Derpy example, don't say anything at all. It isn't necessary. Again, if they're trolling or seem like they're trolling, ignore them. They just want attention. And you'd be letting them get that attention if you respond. Or they could just want a reaction out of you, which, again, you'd be letting them win if you respond. This also applies to if they just don't like the show.
One more thing, I happened to notice a group called "Sane MLP Fans". I suddenly remembered something one of my friends said about using specific terms...and I quote:
"...making a specific term [...] is just another way to categorize and segregate. Everyone has their own way of enjoying their fandoms, so in the end it's all rather silly, isn't it?"
Fellow bronies, don't try to separate yourself from the others. Really, I don't think anyone will even notice the difference or care. I'm sure they know that not ALL bronies are stark-raving crazy, but there are enough that it drives away the appeal of the show. Or if you REALLY want to prove them wrong, just act the way YOU want to be remembered. Who knows, you may make another good friend.
I'm not perfect. None of us are. But if we're about Loving and Tolerating, we need to actually show it. There are so many unnecessary wars and arguments that are started because we fail to do what bronies are supposed to be all about.
And this doesn't apply to just bronies. Sure, it's mainly directed at bronies (because I find it very hard to not notice what goes on in BronyVille), but everyone could learn from this. Respect the opinions of your fellow deviants, no matter how crazy or stupid they may seem. Make the community a better place.