So Cracked posted this piece today: http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/...rld&wa_user3=quickfix&wa_user4=feature_module Read it. It basically confirms what I've been thinking lately - that all of these "weird" fandoms' weirdness is way overblown. If you don't want to read it, here's a quick summary: basically, the author points out four pieces of weird MLP stuff (regular porn, food fetish porn, some Fallout crossover fanfiction and a quasi-parodical fiction that alleges the entire MLP universe is functioning by a Nazi government), and uses them as examples of why the MLP fanbase is particularly weird. You know, except for the fact that you can literally find this stuff for any fandom. Porn fiction and art? Everything. Food fetish and inflation? Ever been on Deviantart? Crossover fiction? Please. Over-examinations that rigorously look at the world of the given universe? Ash is in a coma. The author then goes on to state that it's exceptionally weird because MLP is aimed at kids. You know, except for the fact that Pokemon is aimed at kids too - and even the majority of Adventure Time. And MLP is obviously intended for a more inclusive age group than shows like Pokemon if the commonplace references to stuff like The Big Lebowski are any indication. Are bronies weird? Sure, but no more so than any other fanbase on the planet. Can't say I get the appeal of the show, but then again I don't get the appeal of a lot of shit, like Gears of War or American Horror Story or Supernatural or what have you. And this isn't just about bronies - this is about all the little fandoms and groups on this worldwide web of ours that get shat upon for... what, exactly? Doing stuff that makes other people uncomfortable because it's not what they're used to dealing with on a regular basis? What kind of asshattery is that? http://kotaku.com/5978236/my-weekend-at-a-furfag-convention Would I ever wear a fursuit? Not alive at least, and hopefully not dead either (better make sure I don't piss the people who dress your corpse off while still alive). But again, the author here makes the point that everyone automatically assumes the entire fanbase is comprised of a bunch of kinky sex addicts who long to escape being human and turn into magical creatures or whatever. Are there people like that in the furfag fandom? Oh, you betcha - if there weren't, Reyna could never be a thing and my life would be so much the poorer. But again, the freaks don't make up the majority. Very few furfags own fursuits, and very few of those use them for sex. Let's remember that freaky sex isn't linked to any fandom in particular. Hell, I read a massive grammatically correct Zelda fan fiction once where Link develops a fetish for being swallowed by snakes. Disturbing sex is both universal and minimal. And again, I don't get the appeal of liking anthropomorphic animals so much or whatever. But honestly, it has very little impact on my life, and if they want to dress up like mascots and... do whatever the hell you do while in a costume (I'm picturing some incredibly awkward socialization), then more power to them. In conclusion: as someone interested in both humor and being on the internet, I'm getting tired of almost meme-like jokes that overblow the madness of specific fandoms because they're untrue - and even worse, unfunny. There are certain aspects of these subcultures that are absolutely mad and worthy of endless laughter, but they make up a spectacularly small percentage of even their own very small subcultures - and that goes for every damn fanbase out there.