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.