Thank goodness they weren’t bullying him over having red hair, or the school would presumably have told him to shave his head. Because giving the bullies what they want is always the best solution, and furthermore whatever it is the bullies have currently fixated on is sure to be the root cause of the bullying. Right?
The article notes that Grayson Bruce, the subject of the article, isn’t the only North Carolina boy to deal with Pony-related bullying:
Grayson Bruce isn’t the only North Carolina “Brony”—a popular term used to describe male “My Little Pony” fans—to make headlines for being bullied about his interest in the show. In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones, of Wake County, tried to commit suicide because he was tormented at school for his love of “My Little Pony.”
I don’t think that Grayson will suddenly stop being bullied if he leaves his My Little Pony bag at home. In fact, I suspect that being an open MLP fan is Grayson’s way of resisting the bullying that takes place anyway. Grayson is unwilling or unable to go along with what’s expected of him as a boy, and boys who don’t fit in with gender norms are always punished. I’m sure he loves My Little Pony as a show, but at some level, I believe he’s using his MLP bag as a way of openly defying the bullies, both among his peers and (it seems) in the school administration, who are trying to force him to conform to the norms of boyhood. And in my eyes, at least, Grayson’s defiance is nothing less than heroic.