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Last time MTV Clutch hung with Andrew W.K., the self-professed party animal wreaked havoc in our offices. This time around, things are more mellow but no less strange, as he schooled on what it is to be a “brony.”
What’s that, you say? Clearly you haven’t been watching Hub TV’s “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” This new reboot on the animated classic has become a phenomenon by captivating an unusual audience: dudes. These guys are referred to as “bronies” and, after our buddy Andrew announced that he would be speaking at the “My Little Pony” national convention in September, he’s also become the fan base’s undisputed hero.
To try to wrap our heads around the “brony” sensation, we caught up with the party- and pony-loving rockstar in an exclusive interview.
In your own words, what is a brony?
Bronies are a complex and fantastic group of people. A brony is a person who has embodied joy, magic and fun, and life excitement, which is a big part of “My Little Pony.”
I’ve been a fan of ponies, the living creature, and My Little Ponies, the mythical creatures, since I was young. What’s so exciting to me about the new “My Little Pony” series, and the convention, is that when “My Little Pony” first came out, I was in elementary school and it wasn’t considered cool to play with ponies or even to like ponies in general, so I really relate to this personally.
Do you like the term brony?
It’s a way to classify a group of people and a way to identify excitement. I like brothers, I like bros and I like ponies. But I’m not a leader. Out of respect for all the other bronies, I’m just another humble lover of ponies.
Can girls be bronies? Or is it just a guy thing?
I don’t like leaving anybody out. I don’t know, I don’t feel comfortable defining it. But I would have more fun if women were in this herd.
What is it about the new “My Little Pony” show that guys like so much?
I have a great deal of respect for how the new series has brought many lovers of ponies to the herd. Of course, the craftsmanship of the show is very high. I’m someone who loves all the “My Little Pony” history. I’m just excited that it’s being discovered. But the technical achievements of the animators and the writing is more vibrant and more complex than ever before.
You’re talking specifically about one of the ponies, Pinkie Pie, at the convention. Why are you so into her?
Over the past five years, people told me that Pinkie Pie was into partying. I had remembered this pony from when I was younger and was always pleased with her attitude and exuberance and, especially in the new series, she’s really stepped up as the party pony.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would think of your kind of partying as too hard or too intense for the “My Little Pony” crowd?
My style of partying is freedom and joy, and trying to give everyone that freedom to feel good and be excited about not being dead. That’s why it brings people together. So the “My Little Pony” people, I think they’re already there.
Have you gotten any backlash from people about being a brony?
Any negative energy that’s thrown at me, I can transform it into positive party power, so bring it on. To each his own.