Ronan Farrow, Glenn Beck Both Support Bullied 9-Year-Old Brony; Can Middle East Peace Be Far Behind?

Ronan Farrow, Glenn Beck Both Support Bullied 9-Year-Old Brony; Can Middle East Peace Be Far Behind?Liberal lovegod Ronan Farrow and weird political freakshow Glenn Beck don’t agree on much of anything, but here’s a Kumbayah, We Are The World moment for you: both say bullying a 9-year-old boy who likes My Little Pony is bad, and if boys want to like a cartoon “for girls,” that’s actually just fine, thanks.

By now you may have already heard about Grayson Bruce, the 9-year-old in Asheville, North Carolina, who was bullied at school for carrying a lunchbox with My Little Pony character Rainbow Dash on it — we know you’ve heard about him, because you keep sending the story to the tipline. The school administration’s brilliant response was to tell the bullied kid to leave the lunchbox at home, since it was creating a “distraction.” And then the Internet got ahold of the story, and within the last week it’s all over the place; a “Support for Grayson” Facebook page is getting all sorts of traffic (including tweeted messages of support from the current show’s creator, Lauren Faust, and from head writer Meghan McCarthy), and suddenly both Ronan Farrow and Glenn Beck have run stories featuring Grayson, his mom, and his troublemaking Rainbow Dash lunchbox. We shall watch those.

But first, let’s also ask what the hell is with North Carolina and bullying elementary aged boys who like MLP? In January, Raleigh 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to hang himself after being bullied because he likes a cartoon. He suffered severe brain damage due to loss of oxygen, and his long-term prospects for recovery are still unknown; he’s a sweet little kid who has a lot of complete strangers pulling for him, and his family is going to need lots of support, long after the well-wishing and contributions from the fan community have died down.

And so, on to our clipbait: We’ll start with this piece from Ronan Farrow Daily on Tuesday; it starts with the story about Grayson Bruce and a condemnation of the school’s brain-dead response, which is all well and good, and then segues into a Vocativ piece from last summer’s BronyCon, which is sort of meh — we’ve seen worse.

In case you’re wondering, no, the guy in the fursuit at the end of the segment isn’t a character from MLP. Damn furries ruin everything.

And now, on to Glenn Beck, whose admirable support for Grayson — “He’s being authentic. He’s being responsible. He’s saying, ‘This who I am. I don’t care what anybody else says about me ” — is weirdly combined with resentment toward transsexual people, because government accommodates them sometimes, at least in California:

“Here’s why I’m torn on this because in a society where I have to build you a special bathroom because you’re confused… God forbid you were ever born a certain gender. No, no. I have to build a bathroom for you … But a 9-year-old boy can’t choose to be different? A 9-year-old boy can’t choose My Little Pony and be protected by the school?”

Usually when we watch Glenn Beck we want to yell at him. That’s only true about a third of the time for this clip, so good on Glenn Beck for a change.

Unfortunately, his support for Grayson is not shared by the readers of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, who explain that Grayson is getting exactly what he deserves for carrying a “sissy lunchbox,” that he probably only likes MLP because he has no father, and that bullying “is an inexpensive and effective method for societies to support healthy behavior” by enforcing social norms. Looks like they’re not going to be sending any photos of themselves and their Fluttershy plushies to Glenn.

[Glenn Beck / The Blaze]

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  • el_donaldo

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one spamming the Wonkette tipline with stories everybody’s reading anyway.

    • Duckler

      Shit happens. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained it all on Sunday, I’m sure.

  • george gonzalez

    I had a Foghorn Leghorn lunchbox in third grade. Even then I knew there was something very wrong with a rooster that spoke like a southern colonel. Did not have the lungbox for long, I had ADHD and would bang the lunchbox around a lot. The glass-lined thermos broke and spilled strawberry-Quik milk all over the insides and really stunk it up. That is all.

    • bround greef

      where did you get my childhood

  • Dragoon21b

    Just for the FYI file…Bill Clinton once aced a quiz about MLP on NPR

  • Lazy Media

    While we’re being nice, might I add that Glenn Beck looks GREAT with the silver hair, turtleneck and goatee? Who knew he was a beatnik?

    • PubOption

      That’s also the first time I have seen a photo of Beck wearing glasses. He could have been right when he said his sight was failing.

    • Guest

      That’s the closest he’ll ever come to real dissolution.. other than what is already in his head of course.

  • The thought of facing a posse of angry Bronies should be enough to stop any would-be bully. They’d scare me too if I couldn’t call on our friendly neighborhood steampunk chicks with their poison-tipped parasols and armored corsets.

  • finette

    I’d like to know exactly what “unhealthy behavior” was being naturally corrected when I was bullied by boys in middle school for being a shy awkward nerd-girl who liked to read. Waiting…(I’m a librarian now, so I showed those fuckers. But seriously, I can still be right back in that awful place when I read about kids still going through this.)

    • Penny Dreadful

      Me too, finette. Always gets my goat when someone suggests bullied kids should just stand up for themselves. Really? An 80-pound little girl should stand up to a small gang of both girls and boys?

  • Pat_Pending

    Whazzup with the eyewear, Becky? Is this the best Warby Parker could do for you?

  • Jaime Oria

    Oh, Glenn Beck – is there anything that weeping pustule can’t make a thousand times worse by opening his blather-hole?

    • Annie Towne

      Gross! Just gross, Jaime!

  • Duckler

    I still do not like this Ronan Farrow guy.

    • DrShitferbrains

      I’m glad he’s on at like 9 am- I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as 9 *in the morning*