This is disturbing in every possible way.
UPDATE: WEll now it seems that the original account was made up, although I see some posts that seem to indicate that there was an incident. That’ll teach me to wade into tumblr. I’m investigating further on all fronts.
UPDATE UPDATE: Well after investigating this more it seems that although the person who tipped me off to this kerfuffle was concerned about it, this seems to be some kind of intra-Brony squabble with the original report having been removed and the tumblr substituted with pictures of Christopher Walken. THAT’LL LARN ME TO WADE INTO THE TUMBLRSPHERE UNARMED. My investigation took me to subreddits and Brony-friendly areas and there is much doubt that the original incident ever happened and how it was handled. So I’ve removed references to the original post. I will leave up my dire warnings though. Of you want to see more about it there is a site called Ponies for Parents that is, as far as I can tell, what it sounds like, and they have basically discredited the original report, although the showrunner did confirm that there was a creepy guy. That said I’ll repeat this:
If a con that attracts children does not make it clear that report of abuse and possible crimes will be taken seriously, that con should be fucking burned to the ground and the ashes mixed with salt.
I was often surprised that anime and manga cons did not become predator magnets, but every time I have been to one, I see a sort of self policing atmosphere where the con runners are fans themselves and have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. I know there have been more and more incidents but in the beginning it seemed pretty innocent and fun for all.
In conclusion, the world of Bronies seems to be fraught with a lot of weird stuff. There are Brony-haters and also little children who just like a cute cartoon about sparkly ponies. Perhaps it is best if we leave the sparkles to the young.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.