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Do “Cloppers” Paint a Bad Image of Bronies In The Public Eye?

cloppers my little ponySo, apparently, this happened recently:

 
A 25-year-old Florida resident, Alexander Carlsson (seen left in photo), was arrested on charges of child pornography.

It has been reported that Carlsson was a fan of My Little Pony and that he identified himself as a “clopper,”  also known as a person who explores sexual gratification through their interests in My Little Pony.

(Source: NY Daily News)

While, we here at Brony.com would never suggest or pretend to judge the “rightness” or “wrongness” of anyone’s sexual tendencies, it seems that whenever something like this in the media is busted,  their sexual pursuits become a stigma against Bronies and My Little Pony fans in general, as discussions begin to surface around the table, with all talking about how Bronies are deviants, sickos, pedophiles, weirdos, perverts etc.    And while, it’s likely, that this gentleman, Alexander Carlsson, is probably apted labeled as a child predator, does the notion of the clopper itself give Bronies a bad name or image in the public eye?

 
Tell us what you think below:

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4 Comments

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    EquestriaGuy
    August 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    1) He’s not a gentleman

    2) Feel free to judge him

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    Tyler Ramos
    August 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Honestly, I think that the negative image given to most bronies by the “cloppers” has had somewhat of a negative impact on the fandom as a whole. but, bronies as a whole are no different from any other fandom. anime lovers have the erotic side of their fandom, as does furries, and even the fandom behind steven universe, big hero 6, frozen, and adventure time all have their own versions of cloppers. i believe that no matter what the fandom is, there will always be negative impacts stemming from the not so clean-minded fans. the difference lies within what the fans as a whole believe. MLP fans have had a simple mantra for as long as the fandom has been around (nearly) every brony ive talked to, has at one time at least heard it. “love and tolerate.” now, im not saying all bronied are pure-minded. the point im trying to get across here, is every fandom either has, or has the potential to evolve a less….family-minded side of the fandom. and yes, even underage explicit material can be found in almoast evey fandom as well.

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    Eric Day
    August 12, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I don’t think it’s necessarily cloppers, bronies in general. People will pick on anyone for any reason to try to feel better about their own shortcomings. Those who deviate from what is considered the social norm, those who conform for fear of being ridiculed, those who hide away from society in order to escape. Humans in general are obsessed with division, we constantly find ways to separate ourselves, by race, sex, sexuality, the shows we watch, the books we read, government, morality, etc. We should be seeking ways to unite ourselves, not the other way around. That’s why I was initially drawn to mlp and the Brony fandom, I sensed a feeling of unity. But even here we divide; artists, reviewers, animators, voice actors, writers, and so on. Rarely do you see a variety of people come together for a group project. And it’s impressive when it does occur, so why not collaborate more? Why not work together, create something beautiful, something to be remembered, make our fandom a symbol, one that represents unity, beauty, creativity, and happiness. Leave a lasting, good impression. Make our fandom an emblem, one to strive for, something people wish to become. I know this is long, and at this point I’m kind of rambling, but for those of you who made it this far, thank you for reading. 5 seasons and over a hundred episodes, we’ve come a long way, and hopefully still have a ways to go, but in whatever amount of time our fandom lasts, let’s make the legacy last longer, let’s turn it into something beautiful. So if you’ve made it this far, tell me in a sentence, what can YOU do to make our fandom great?

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    Guillaume Pizzin
    August 12, 2015 at 11:36 am

    no, I don’t think so because everyone has their fantaisy, some people think that some are worse than others, but they are not right, we all can have our weird side of ourselves, but we must never go too far with it.