A few days ago, a few of us were chatting on our Facebook page about this blog post. It’s mostly a very funny article that rips on Teddy Ruxpin, Care Bears, Inspector Gadget and more and culminates in a bit about My Little Pony. The post specifically talks about “Rescue At Midnight Castle” aka “Firefly’s Adventure.”
Now, I don’t have a problem with MLP being mocked. Even the most die-hard fan amongst us knows that MLP is ridiculous on several levels. But there are several big errors in it and I found myself having to really resist the urge to be “that guy” (think Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons) and point them out in the comments. A few poor MLP fans have already tried and have been mercilessly ripped apart. The article also makes mistakes about other cartoons (such as calling Chip and Dale squirrels) so it will probably get your geek rage going at some point while you read it no matter what you are a fan of.
That’s what I wanted to talk about in today’s post: Geek Rage. That feeling you get when someone gets something wrong about a property that you either love or just know a lot about and you have this uncontrollable urge correct it or call names. No good can ever come of this and yet we still find ourselves drawn to point out that they really shouldn’t have had a photo of a G3 pony when really a first generation pony would have been much more appropriate or whatever geeky correction we want to make.
I have been in my share of geek wars, my friends, and I feel your pain. But just walk away, man. Walk away.
Are there exceptions? I remember a few years ago, Entertainment Weekly posted an article that talked about how there has never been a My Little Pony movie and people of all ages converged in the comments to be like, “Uh, morons, yes there was.” Calling out bad journalism is, to me, a totally appropriate use of our geek knowledge but you may not agree. But when it comes to blogs, especially comedy sites, is there ever a time when defending your geek beliefs isn’t a terrible idea? It’s almost asking for a troll attack.
Maybe we shouldn’t care. Maybe we should be staunch warriors for our favorite property, haters be damned!
So how do you feel about it? Do you like to call others out for their glaring MLP ignorance or just roll your eyes and move on? Has geek rage ever brought you something positive or do you feel like its better to just walk away, your corrections unsaid? Share your thoughts…
Oh, but before you do, I just can’t resist.
Hasbro makes My Little Pony, you morons. HASBRO. Not Mattel. How hard is it to take five seconds and Google it? Jeez!
Whew. You know what? Forget what I said. I’m all about geek rage. It felt really good to get that out of my system. That’s been bothering me since I turned the page onto it this morning. 😉