I honestly cannot stand it whenever references to the fandom are made in the show. For example, Lyra and Bon Bon’s friendship, the names given to several different background ponies, and especially Derpy. If you ask me, it’s just slight ass kissing and pandering.
Knowing that the animation team is aware of Lyra/Bon Bon and is OKAY with it, making more and more little nods to it being canon, just makes me so happy. No matter how you feel about ponyshipping, I think anyone with a soul can agree that it’s very important for the clueless, bigoted parents of America raising hell about how the gays are confusing their children to see that a healthy homosexual relationship is not threatening to the sensitivity of their precious little angels.
I hate it when people think that endlessly spamming memes makes them a fan of the show. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to be some beloved content producer, as long as you honestly love the show then you’re a fan. However it seems so many people take to forums and post things like “20% Kewler! lOL Im such a bronie!” It really fucks me off.
I once punched a hater in the face at school.I didn’t get in trouble Because the principal was a Brony too. and now the hater is walking around with a black eye and we call him Gilda.
The sheer amount of shipping in the fandom annoys me to no end. I mean, I get that shipping exists, and that doesn’t bother me. It’s that two ponies look at each other and half the fans go “It’s canon!”
I saw a post after Magic Duel with a picture of Applejack comforting Rarity in that pink blanket after Trixie gave her the wrong color outfit and forced a major breakdown, and the tagline was something to the effect of “The Hub’s giving us so much RariJack today!” They were on screen for two seconds and nothing remotely romantic happened in that time. That does not make them a canon ship.
So make your pairings, celebrate them, draw them, write about them, but don’t try to tell me Lyra and Bon-Bon is a canon ship, because the only truly canon ships in the show are Shining Armor-Cadence, Mr. and Mrs. Cake, and Twilight’s, Rarity’s and Pinkie Pie’s parents. No one else has been established as a couple.
Okay, creators. You want to let mostly immature, sexually-confused men know you know they exist? How about doing it with fantastic writing, characterization, animation, and all the jazz bronies claim got them into the show, and that alone?
…Alright. I admit I’m being unfair. References aren’t all that bad if they’re done in moderation. Take Too Many Pinkie Pies as an example. But if you throw them into every scene of an episode, it really brings down the quality and seems like you’re trying to cram too much in at once.