- Posted September 28, 2013 by
Man Fired for Being a Brony! Is This Legal?
An anonymous adult male fan of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was until recently working a regular job to support his family and posted a blurb on Reddit.com to alert other like-minded adult fans of the show, called "bronies" (bro-ponies), that he was fired after admitting to his co-workers that he was a fan of the series. His employer told him that his interest in the show made others "uncomfortable", but the legality of the firing may be called in to question. Ironically, he told his story using very adult language which has been edited for this post. Here is his story, in his own words:
"So I've been a fan of MLP for a while and I think of myself as a fairly big fan, but I'm not one of those people who walk around with a shirt of Rainbow Dash 24/7. This is a culmination of a few things over the pas few months so let's get on with it. I'm a guy in his late 30s who works(or worked) a regular boring 9-5 Job. On my work computer I had decided to set a picture of Applejack as my desktop background, I figured it was no big deal, nobody would see it anyway and it was certainly no different than the other guys in my office using pics of their favorite sports teams or their cheerleading squads. Anyway a few weeks after having no issues with it I got called in by my boss who essentially tells me it's weird and it makes people uncomfortable that I have a "tv show for little girls as a background" (how did he know about it?) but I acknowledge this, keep my head down and change it back to the standard default background.
A few months later, it's take your child to work day. I bring my son in (he's more of a sports guy than me) and it's a good day. He talks with a couple of my co-workers (he's 10) about random sports stuff. My boss's daughter is 9 and she comes in wearing a Rainbow Dash shirt. As we were doing introductions, I told her I liked her shirt , something innocent the same way people go "those are some cool shoes" to a kid, nothing weird at all. After the day is done, my boss brings me into his office and confronts me about it, telling me again he thinks it's weird and to cut it out at work. I try to tell him it's no different than people pulling my son aside and talking about sports with him and stuff. But I oblige and for the next few months, didn't bring it up at all feeling now like my boss has it out for me.
Which brings us to this past week. On Wednesday, some of my co-workers were talking about it and Brony culture. I tried to talk with them about it and I subsequently got mocked. It was a few guys against me which I thought was weird as I don't make fun of the stuff they like, but all the sudden it's cool to make fun of a tv show I like? Then on Thursday somebody (or somebodies?) had told some more people in the office about it and people started making little jabs in the hallway about liking shows for girls and stuff, I did nothing to bring this s*** on, but they were letting me have it. Then yesterday my boss called me into his office, told me people were uncomfortable working with me (I do nothing but sit in my little hell-cube and do work all day, I hardly interact with anybody) and that they were going to have to let me go. WTF? Can they even fire me for that? I write this after contacting HR because I think that's bulls***. I did nothing at all and I get fired for talking about MLP.
Anyway, it's not all bad. The job was s***, I have some other opportunities already coming up that pay better, have better hours and better benefits. So thanks. And a F*** you Mr. Carter, you're the worst boss I've ever had in my years of working.
tl;dr: I brought up MLP 3 times over the course of a year and got fired for it, but I'll probably get a better job now thanks to it.
Sorry it's so negative, but it's kind of f***ed up.
Now if you'll excuse me I've got some My Little Pony to watch and I don't give no f***s about anybody who has a problem with it."