I think it's time we gave up. Everyone loves Alicorn Twilight now and every day more and more people hate us for not liking it, evnetually we'll all start loving it too and be absorbed back into the rest of the community or we'll be lynched in an effort to eliminate the deriders but one way or another the anti-twilicorn movement will be remembered as a bunch of idiots not wanting to accept a good thing.
Me I can't accept it still but not for the same reasons everyone else seems to. The main reason is that, after stepping back and giving the show and fandom an honest look I've come to the conclusion that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic isn't that good of a show, at least not as good as we built it up to be. It's a competently executed show with appealing animation and decent character designs and even a few good episodes but the more I think about it the more I realize that the show is just... average. It's only built up so much because it was of a higher quality that the previous version of My Little Pony, at least in terms of characterization, but even then the stories are about the same and even g3.5 had better animation, even if the character designs weren't that appealing.
I've only watched one episode of the new season, the one where Flim and Flam return, and now I see why I can't go back to watching the show. It's not the Twilicorn, because she's not in that episode, it’s because I realize all the problems I had with the show once I was able to watch it divorced from all the “Twilicorn controversy”.
Friendship is Magic came out at the perfect time to gain its popularity, there hadn’t been many good new kid’s cartoons in a while (in fact children’s entertainment was flagging at the time), and internet fandom was reaching its peak performance. Friendship is Magic being average (When compared to all other kids show out there) and watchable with decent animation and more story than we expected looked like a shiny piece of crystal in a sea of mud, but it’s still no gem. All due credit to Lauren Faust, you created a great show for little girls that is trying to show good morals and more grown up situations they will need to remember, and I’d much rather have my children watch Friendship is Magic than Hanna Montana or High School Musical, but even then I’d rather they watched older good cartoons like Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck or Gargoyles.
I won’t be ignoring fan works, I admit the fandom has turned out a lot of great pieces of work: art, music, videos, fanfiction and even story blogs. In fact, I’m going to keep viewing two story blogs, Twixie Answers and Pun Pony, long after the show finishes its run and I’ve gone on to other things because they carve out their own identity and don’t feel the need to adhere to anything the show forces viewers to accept. Another thing I’ve seen, however, is that no one in the community is willing to defend their right to create or parody or make real changes to stop Hasbro from Cease and Desisting their work because the more they just roll over and bark at Hasbro obediently the more this will happen. Someone needs to stand up and try to change things or eventually these anti-fanwork bills like SOPA and PIPA will be passed and we will have only ourselves to blame for not stopping them when we had the chance.
I just can’t delude myself anymore into thinking the show “hit a dive when the Twilicorn came into existence” it’s more that I realize the shows flaws became more apparent and I was blind to them before. Friendship is Magic is still a good kid’s show and the fandom has produced a number of things I will continue to experience but the cowardly nature of the fandom and what I’ve seen of the show has just made me realize that the show was only acceptably average at a time when new kid’s properties were become stale and vomit riddled. There are better new shows out there and even better older ones so maybe it’s time we gave up on trying to “defend Twilight Unicorn” and just moved on with our lives before the Bronies smite us so they don’t have to acknowledge the flaws in the show they so desperately love.