US Air Force Confirms Existence of "Brony" Squadron

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US Air Force Confirms Existence of "Brony" Squadron

It turns out that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic inspires students literally training to fly at supersonic speeds.

While I've never personally seen an episode, there's a lot of love out there for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The cartoon's popularity has grown by leaps and bounds since it launched four years ago, and even our own Moviebob admits that it's a cleverly well-written series. In fact, My Little Pony is so influential that even those who defend real-world airspaces are inspired by its message of teamwork. Fansite Equestria Daily recently reported that an entire Air Force unit was spotted wearing patches that suspiciously mimicked the cartoon's trademark logo. An Vance Air Force Base spokesman later confirmed that its airmen-in-training are indeed sporting pony patches, and went on to justify the apparel like a true brony.

"We train world-class pilots who will go on to defend our great nation," said First Lieutenant Tom Barger. "Fostering camaraderie, morale and unity on a regular basis and through small means - like a tastefully humorous patch - enhances our ability to complete the mission when working as a team is essential."

Vance Air Force Base is one of four locations where officers train to become professional pilots for the Armed Forces. Shortly after arriving, each group of students designs their class patch to be worn during training, and pop culture references are naturally common. Hangover, Facebook, and "Got Milk" designs have all been used in the past, but this time Hasbro was the only company that approved one Friendship Is Magic-inspired logo. "During a slide show presentation while previewing the different patch options, the presenter threw the 'My Little Pilot' patch design into the mix as a joke," Barger explained. "For whatever reason, that patch made it all the way through the approval process." And so, even though the students weren't actually My Little Pony fans, the Brony Squadron was born.

"The class never really wanted it in the first place," Barger stated, although over time the squadron grew to appreciate the companionship its design implied. "They thought it was so off the wall that it was hilarious ... They have embraced the irony and humor of the patch and in so doing have fostered closer ties with each other." Either way, I suspect these bronies won't be teased quite like Friendship Is Magic fans have been in the past. When the person you're mocking is literally capable of strafing your house at the speed of a Wonderbolt, your only options are to either shut up, or compliment their pretty pink patch.

Source: Medium

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They could have at least put Rainbow Dash on the patch.

Come on!

I don't know whether to sigh, lie down and cry myself to sleep or be genuinely impressed.

Well at least it's not in the RAF, so I still have some respect for the pilots protecting my country.

hazabaza1:
I don't know whether to sigh, lie down and cry myself to sleep or be genuinely impressed.

Why not all 3? :D

OT: Well this is certainly interesting for sure. Now to wait for the Adventure Time Squad to appear in the Army. ^.^
...it can happen.

Genocidicles:
Well at least it's not the RAF, so I still have some respect for the pilots protecting my country.

So your saying the pilots in your country are too wussy to like ponies? Its ok, not every county can be manly.

As long as they do their job, and aren't incompetent I don't have any issue with this.

I'm really hoping that someone stumbles in here and mewls "Can someone explain to me why this show is so popular? I don't get it."

Because I enjoy the idea of how thoroughly their minds must be blown right now.

When the person you're mocking is literally capable of strafing your house at the speed of a Wonderbolt, your only options are to either shut up, or compliment their pretty pink patch.

HA, love it.

So long as they can kill people efficiently and professionally, I don't personally care what kind of patches they wear.

Genocidicles:
Well at least it's not in the RAF, so I still have some respect for the pilots protecting my country.

Well, where does all that respect go when the people wearing the "pretty pink patches" outperforms your patchless flyboys? :P

Worgen:
So your saying the pilots in your country are too wussy to like ponies? Its ok, not every county can be manly.

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

I'm sorry, but no. It's a show that is literally made to sell little plastic horses to little girls. Like it if you want, but don't act like you're some kind of paragon of masculinity for doing so.

To be fair, it doesn't sound like the pilots like the show. It's just a patch that was made for them. And the fact that the joke patch was the one they approved is pretty funny. Though, I'm pretty sure this happens more than we realize. Seems like I heard several famous things were originally intended as jokes.

lacktheknack:
I'm really hoping that someone stumbles in here and mewls "Can someone explain to me why this show is so popular? I don't get it."

Because I enjoy the idea of how thoroughly their minds must be blown right now.

Wouldn't that just turn this thread into one of those bygone Brony threads where people posted gifs, pics, and clips in support of the show? Then again, I always enjoyed just looking through those threads for the trolling and actually funny things people did post.

Why do grown men live this stuff, can anyone explain?

i really hope their squadron is nicknamed the wonderbolts

synobal:
Why do grown men live this stuff, can anyone explain?

CALLED IT!

It's because the show is pretty good... and it's so easy to baffle people with, ever three years later.

synobal:
Why do grown men live this stuff, can anyone explain?

Why do grown men like anything, it's a mystery.

OT:
Y...ay. I guess.

I won't be impressed until their planes shoot rainbows out as exhaust.

Genocidicles:

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

Nice straw-man you have there.

Anyway, uh, wrong; it was produced for the purpose of selling toys by Hasbro.

It was MADE by a team of artists and writers to be entertaining and humorous, which it is. In fact its mission statement (according to the original creator and lead on the first season) was to be a girl's show that doesn't talk down to its audience like most young female's programming does.

At any rate, expressing a loss of disrespect for someone based upon their taste in television, whether it be cartoons, reality shows, game shows, whatever, is just plain rude.

And here we are again with the USAF showing they are progressive and tolerable to some tasteful fun. Love it.

Genocidicles:

Worgen:
So your saying the pilots in your country are too wussy to like ponies? Its ok, not every county can be manly.

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

I'm sorry, but no. It's a show that is literally made to sell little plastic horses to little girls. Like it if you want, but don't act like you're some kind of paragon of masculinity for doing so.

I'm not a paragon of masculinity for watching ponies. I'm a paragon of masculinity who also happens to watch ponies. Totally different.

Innegativeion:

Genocidicles:

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

Nice straw-man you have there.

Anyway, uh, wrong; it was produced for the purpose of selling toys by Hasbro.

It was MADE by a team of artists and writers to be entertaining and humorous, which it is. In fact its mission statement (according to the original creator and lead on the first season) was to be a girl's show that doesn't talk down to its audience like most young female's programming does.

At any rate, expressing a loss of disrespect for someone based upon their taste in television, whether it be cartoons, reality shows, game shows, whatever, is just plain rude.

He doesn't care. I'm starting to see regular posters come into threads like this and post snarky one sentence quips... because reasons. They think they are funny I guess. He and a few others are regulars for this sort of thing.

lacktheknack:

synobal:
Why do grown men live this stuff, can anyone explain?

CALLED IT!

It's because the show is pretty good... and it's so easy to baffle people with, ever three years later.

image

are you psychic?

Honestly, I have no problem with people watching the show. That said, I am kind of looking forward to when I don't hear about it anymore without looking for it. It's mostly because 4 years is a long time for anything to stay in the spotlight, especially a niche show.

Personally I'm waiting for other squads to be named after parts of other TV shows.

The "I Just Blue Myself" Bomb Squad, for example.

image

Genocidicles:

Worgen:
So your saying the pilots in your country are too wussy to like ponies? Its ok, not every county can be manly.

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

I'm sorry, but no. It's a show that is literally made to sell little plastic horses to little girls. Like it if you want, but don't act like you're some kind of paragon of masculinity for doing so.

It does sounds like you are too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colorful ponies. Seriously, that sounds like your argument. "Men should only like manly things." My argument is "if you always take the path of least resistance, are you really a man?"

Newsflash, everything is designed to make money. The new mlp was actually designed around that a bit less than most toyetic things. It was greenlit to sell toys but the creative team behind it was interested in more.

Compatriot Block:
Honestly, I have no problem with people watching the show. That said, I am kind of looking forward to when I don't hear about it anymore without looking for it. It's mostly because 4 years is a long time for anything to stay in the spotlight, especially a niche show.

I think the size of that spotlight thing was always a bit overstated.

There were a few months back in spring 2011, when bronies were actually pretty loud about spreading the word, and making sure that as many potential future bronies as possible hear about it.

Since then, I would even say that's compared to it's recent significance in online geek culture, the fandom's presence was relatively subdued compared to others, due to hater oversensitivity. Basically every time anyone would even try to post a pony-themed image macro in a thread that is already full of Futurama/Star Wars/Spiderman/anime/etc. image macros, and someone will lose his mind about bronies overtaking the Internet.

Genocidicles:

Worgen:
So your saying the pilots in your country are too wussy to like ponies? Its ok, not every county can be manly.

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

I'm sorry, but no. It's a show that is literally made to sell little plastic horses to little girls. Like it if you want, but don't act like you're some kind of paragon of masculinity for doing so.

Ishal:

Innegativeion:

Nice straw-man you have there.

Anyway, uh, wrong; it was produced for the purpose of selling toys by Hasbro.

It was MADE by a team of artists and writers to be entertaining and humorous, which it is. In fact its mission statement (according to the original creator and lead on the first season) was to be a girl's show that doesn't talk down to its audience like most young female's programming does.

At any rate, expressing a loss of disrespect for someone based upon their taste in television, whether it be cartoons, reality shows, game shows, whatever, is just plain rude.

He doesn't care. I'm starting to see regular posters come into threads like this and post snarky one sentence quips... because reasons. They think they are funny I guess. He and a few others are regulars for this sort of thing.

That's funny coming from a guy with a Jaffar badge.

Entitled:

Compatriot Block:
Honestly, I have no problem with people watching the show. That said, I am kind of looking forward to when I don't hear about it anymore without looking for it. It's mostly because 4 years is a long time for anything to stay in the spotlight, especially a niche show.

I think the size of that spotlight thing was always a bit overstated.

There were a few months back in spring 2011, when bronies were actually pretty loud about spreading the word, and making sure that as many potential future bronies as possible hear about it.

Since then, I would even say that's compared to it's recent significance in online geek culture, the fandom's presence was relatively subdued compared to others, due to hater oversensitivity. Basically every time anyone would even try to post a pony-themed image macro in a thread that is already full of Futurama/Star Wars/Spiderman/anime/etc. image macros, and someone will lose his mind about bronies overtaking the Internet.

And I think the viciousness in the vast majority of cases is overstated. Obviously there are people who flip out when it's mentioned, but a lot of people I see seem to cap out at "Oh come on man, the show's really not so amazing."

And the whole image posting thing would be just as annoying as the Sonic OC fad, but those people tend to keep to themselves from what I've seen.

I think some people just take issue with people defining themselves as "bronies" instead of MLP fans. Just like they might consider Avatar fans calling themselves Brorra's or something.

At first I was bewildered at this.

Then I actually read the article and found out the students chose the patches "ironically". That's actually kind of funny.

Worgen:
It does sounds like you are too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colorful ponies. Seriously, that sounds like your argument. "Men should only like manly things." My argument is "if you always take the path of least resistance, are you really a man?"

I watched a couple of episodes, and I found it to be a boring piece of shit that is too girly to the detriment of the plot.

Oh they stop the bad guy by making friends with him. Well that was sure worth the twenty minutes building it up. /sarcasm

And what's the point of bringing up some fan video? You can't count that for anything, otherwise I could say Harry Potter is the darkest literary work made by mankind because of all the inevitable gore-fics out there on the internet.

It warrants a face-palm, but, I guess they are students, and I suppose it's an interesting "FU" to the enemy.

Kinda like a bunch of infantry with Barbie as a logo, it's embarrassing for the enemy to see that fighting them is thought of so trivially.

That's without getting into the creepy "Brony" thing. The less said about that, the better.

Compatriot Block:

I think some people just take issue with people defining themselves as "bronies" instead of MLP fans. Just like they might consider Avatar fans calling themselves Brorra's or something.

seems a bit of an odd complaint to me

Whovians
Trekkies
Browncoats
Potterheads
Sherlockians

it's not like it's the only fandom that does that.

Compatriot Block:

I think some people just take issue with people defining themselves as "bronies" instead of MLP fans. Just like they might consider Avatar fans calling themselves Brorra's or something.

Though that itself just seems to be another example of random cherry-picking and getting obsessed with a detail of his particular fandom instead of any other, without people having to admit what their real problem is.

Fandoms picking up a unique nickname has been a pretty well-established tradition ever since around... The Baker Street Irregulars, I guess? TvTropes has a prtty long list for Fan community Nicknames

Not a fan of the show but that's pretty cool.

Innegativeion:

Genocidicles:

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

Nice straw-man you have there.

Before I came to be a regular forum goer, I had never heard of the straw-man argument before. By now it should have it's own logo since it's used so much.

Something like this.
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Genocidicles:

Worgen:
It does sounds like you are too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colorful ponies. Seriously, that sounds like your argument. "Men should only like manly things." My argument is "if you always take the path of least resistance, are you really a man?"

I watched a couple of episodes, and I found it to be a boring piece of shit that is too girly to the detriment of the plot.

Oh they stop the bad guy by making friends with him. Well that was sure worth the twenty minutes building it up. /sarcasm

And what's the point of bringing up some fan video? You can't count that for anything, otherwise I could say Harry Potter is the darkest literary work made by mankind because of all the inevitable gore-fics out there on the internet.

So you don't like the show. Cool. Why bring down people who actually do enjoy it, regardless of age or gender?

I think it's a funny show. Not a huge fan, but I like a couple characters and the music is catchy. And I have a Rainbow Dash plushie on the rearview mirror of my car.

-Dragmire-:
Not a fan of the show but that's pretty cool.

Innegativeion:

Genocidicles:

Oh here we go...

The old "You're just too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colourful ponies" argument.

Nice straw-man you have there.

Before I came to be a regular forum goer, I had never heard of the straw-man argument before. By now it should have it's own logo since it's used so much.

Something like this.
image

how about this one?

image

Genocidicles:

Worgen:
It does sounds like you are too insecure in your masculinity to appreciate some colorful ponies. Seriously, that sounds like your argument. "Men should only like manly things." My argument is "if you always take the path of least resistance, are you really a man?"

I watched a couple of episodes, and I found it to be a boring piece of shit that is too girly to the detriment of the plot.

Oh they stop the bad guy by making friends with him. Well that was sure worth the twenty minutes building it up. /sarcasm

And what's the point of bringing up some fan video? You can't count that for anything, otherwise I could say Harry Potter is the darkest literary work made by mankind because of all the inevitable gore-fics out there on the internet.

Ha, I was right, not manly enough to be able to enjoy ponies.

So you're incapable of liking anything unless its got a head on a pike? What a sad way to live your life. You seem to have a very juvenile idea of manly, I image you think that god of war is the most manly thing ever created.

That video wasn't for you, that was for people with taste. I just didn't feel like making multiple posts.

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