Children certainly love My Little Pony Characters. A kid would be thrilled to wear a hoodie with Rainbow Dash. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has a large fan base who will be too excited to wear my little pony hoodie.
On the other hand, kids are confused whether to wear My Little Pony hoodie to school. Apparently, school authorities at Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, North Carolina responded to bullying by forbidding a kid from bringing his Rainbow Dash backpack to school. The bag seemed to trigger bullying and some kids are afraid of wearing their hoodies to school because they are afraid of being bullied.
When 9 year old Grayson Bruce told his mother that he was being bullied due to his My Little Pony backpack, his mother Noreen was outraged because she knew that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is sending a good message to kids. During the interview, Grayson reported that he was pushed and called horrible names.
After learning of the school’s position in the bullying situation, the family made a Change.org petition so that Grayson will be allowed to bring his backpack to school and for a crackdown on bullying. The petition generated more than 4,500 signatures. An outpouring of support was received by Grayson and his family and when the story broke in March, one of creators of show, Lauren Faust stood by Grayson.
The school’s stance has attracted the attention of media big names like Glenn Beck. He has encouraged Grayson to remain as he is and have the balls to be different.
Boys are actually shamed for expressing anything that is not macho. However, My Little Pony has a large male adult audience and the group is quite active in their online community. The group that calls themselves “bronies” has been the subject of a 2012 documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony.
My Little Pony is a great show with six important characteristics: kindness, generosity, honesty, laughter, loyalty and magic. There is no violence or aggression but the show is focused on girls. Anything that a boy does that seems girly is mocked and bullied.