While I’m perfectly aware that Doug doing a video on MLP for his April Fools joke on the first this year means that the chances of him doing it for real in the future is abysmally low now, I still want for him to do it for 3 big reasons.
- It’s a legitimately good show and I think he’d grow to really like it, just like he has with Avatar and Adventure Time (remember how confused and disoriented he was with his first few AT Vlogs?)
- I, myself, enjoy the show, and I’ll be the first one to admit that I rather selfishly enjoy hearing others talk about it, especially if they’re not super huge fans themselves.
- Possibly the most important, but I’m sick and tired of approximately a third of the content creators for the site (and an untold number of fans of TGWTG following in their footsteps) treating the fans of MLP like absolute garbage, and pretty much nobody else calling them out on it lest they be called fedora wearing manchildren, or whatever name it’s cool to call people you don’t understand/like nowadays. This is especially maddening/heartbreaking, given that before his passing Justin was an avid fan of the show and big supporter of the fanbase.
Anyway, I figure since Doug (being the top dog of the site) holds a lot of sway over the opinions of the TGWTG fanbase, it would be nice as a fan of both TGWTG and MLP to be able to express my love for both at the same time without being lambasted or called untrue names. Really, is that so much to ask, for people to be decent to one another even though we all like different shows?
While there are great MLP fans out there, and for a while in the early days of the fandom it was lovely … the fandom has some seriously unpleasant members now, and though they might be a vocal minority, there sure seems to be a lot of them. So I don’t think anyone on the site wants to risk tackling MLP stuff right now. No matter what, they’d get attacked.
Would that it were so easy to identify creepy misogynists via a hat, but that sadly isn’t the case. It has got me to start distrusting guys I see in fedoras or trilbys, though, just on instinct.
Not to mention he’s said that while he thinks the ponies are cute, they’re not for him. As an aside, he really doesn’t have much sway over the fanbase. Oh when he parrots their opinions it’s fine, but when he disagrees (just look at all the ableism he got for the glasses thing), they dig in until any semblance of backbone goes away.