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Internet fandoms often have to put up with their fair share of criticism. Any collective brought together through a passion for something – be it a TV show, a video game or something else entirely – is likely to be the butt of the joke somewhere. Just as the clever kid might be picked on in school for admitting they actually enjoy mathematics, some people seem to have an innate desire to target and criticise those who show genuine enthusiasm for something.
Criticism of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom existed from day one. In 2010, when the first episodes of the popular animated TV programme aired, adult fans started declaring allegiance to the show on social media, internet forums and art websites. By 2011, with a second season hitting screens around the world, the internet had become dominated by memes of the show's characters; some