The Brony Fandom: Surprising, Unexpected And Acceptable

My Little Pony has existed since the 80’s and what started as a simple toy quickly rose to popularity amongst the little girls who had taken a fascination to the ponies. Then the animated TV show, My Little Pony, aired on TV and touched the hearts of almost every little girl.

Fast forward to 2010, Hasbro Inc., the company responsible for My Little Pony, decided to recreate the show and making it more suitable for the little girls of this new generation. The reboot was entitled “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”

The new show immediately became a hit with little girls from every corner of the world dragging their parents in front of the TV to watch the fourth generation of the My Little Pony franchise. Although girls were the target demographic of the show, it has also managed to attract an unlikely following of adult men.

Surprising, isn’t it?

Yes, many grown men have seemed to have taken an obsession with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Soon after, this following was given a name and that name is Brony. What started from an internet meme soon became the trademark of the adult male fans.

Brony is combination of the words bro and pony. Brony in itself means bros who love ponies.

The entire Brony fandom was given wide publicity and almost none of it too positive. Bronies were heavily persecuted in the cyber world. Some were even bullied to the point of suicide.

The general public did not expect the fandom and they did not understand how grown men would love to watch girl’s shows. The bronies became social outcasts but they found solace, friendship and support with one another. Their fandom soon turned into a brotherhood that supports each other.

In my humble opinion, it is quite shocking to find grown men watching girly shows but that people should not have exercised their freedom of expression in opposition and scrutiny of these men. For me, it is all a matter of perspective. These men found something in the cartoon that many other people did not and maybe that was what made them love the show.

Bronies should be allowed to do what makes them happy without the scrutiny of other people. Democracy allows us the freedom to choose and express. So if you think that bronies are just wasting their lives watching cartoons and wasting money on its merchandise like toys, shirts, hoodies, and other collectibles, then why not keep the thoughts to yourselves because these people are just doing what makes them happy and also doing what democracy allows us to do: to choose and express.

Death Toll Increases In Bangladesh Due To Political Unrest

Dhaka, Bangladesh- At least 7,000 people were arrested and thirty one are confirmed dead in weeks following political violence in the country.

Most of those who died were victims of arson attacks made by militant groups in buses and cars. There were also a number of people who died in bomb blasts.

The Reason For The Violent Protests

On January 5, Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the opposition to the ruling government called for a nationwide strike and road blockade. BNP has 19 political party allies and they have a growing number of supporters from the private sector.

January 5 marked the anniversary of the disputed Bangladesh elections. According to the opposing party, there was deception during elections and the votes casted were rigged by the incumbent party. Bangladesh National Party and their allies boycotted the elections as they lost trust in their government.

Thousands of civilians wounded and killed

Several incidents of bus torching took place in the capital city of Bangladesh and neighboring towns. The Communication Minister said that at least seven people from the transport group were killed in the recent violent attacks. A total of 200 buses were torched.

The government banned the use of social media applications so protest leaders could not campaign for their activity. The head of law and order in Bangladesh said in a statement that 7,015 people are held in prison because they participated in the violent protest and bus torching.

There are thousands of innocent civilians caught in between the violence of the opposing party and the government’s military effort to restore peace.

Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu said that the government is offering a $1,300 reward for anyone who can give information regarding to the whereabouts of the masterminds of the series of attacks.

How business industries faired in light of recent attacks

The economy of Bangladesh is down for several weeks following the political unrest. This effect is expected of a nation that is torn in an internal warfare. BPO industry, packaging industry, manufacturing and service sectors took a strong hit from the tug of war of power in politics. If the situation in Bangladesh worsens, the economy will dip further and the ordinary people will suffer the most.

World Leaders To Gather In London To Discuss Islamic State Conflict

January 22, 2015- London reports that top officials from 21 nations will gather in London to discuss how to combat the growing militants in the Middle East.

The one day meeting which will happen in London will be participated by John Kerry, United States Secretary of State and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. They will be part of the 21 delegates across the globe to discuss on the current state of the jihadist militant group and how they will fight the terror that the group has spread over Iraq and Syria.

The agenda will include how to strengthen the ground military force that is fighting against the terrorists. Humanitarian efforts will also be discussed.

According to an insider, the coalition of nations is now even more under pressure to carry out results in light of the recent attacks by the jihadists in France. The Secretary of State of the United States expressed that they are now very determined to end the heinous massacres in the Middle East and Asia.

Shedding light to who IS is

The Islamic State was formed in 2013. It is a group that separated from al-Qaeda that was based in Iraq. It attacked and captured Raqqa in Eastern Syria then went on to Iraq to stir up mayhem and inject fear to the Iraqis.

Members of the Islamic State are Sunni extremists who believe that non Muslims must be punished. They consider the Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims (heretics according to them) as their enemies. This brutal group is known for its vicious way of dealing with their enemies. They beheaded soldiers, journalists and killed humanitarian workers.

Bringing hope to children

The turmoil in the Middle East has been going on for quite some time. Families are devastated and children are especially affected. Thousands of children die and are displaced daily because of the terror attacks. Being part of the free world, you could help put a smile in their faces. You can let them feel that you care for them by giving toys or t-shirts with their favorite super hero on it. To order these items, you can go to TV store online. Giving them these trivial things will surely brighten up their spirits.