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Sad News: Young Brony in Hospital After Post-Bullying Suicide Attempt

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We are fortunate to mostly live an age where passions that would have been dismissed as childish a generation ago are accepted and mainstream now – that The Lego Movie, opening this week, aims to please kids and adults is a testament to that. Sadly, this is still not the case everywhere.

I never actually attempted suicide as an 11 year-old, but I certainly felt suicidal at that age, as a toy collector, physical weakling and child of divorce in a country where none of those things was acknowledged as acceptable. I’m grateful in retrospect that I had no access I was aware of to guns, drugs or alcohol. I don’t know how young Michael Morones of North Carolina injured himself, and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he felt life wasn’t worth living because his particular passion – My Little Pony – was what made him the source of torment so terrible that despite a strong religious faith that undoubtedly told him suicide was not okay, he attempted it anyway.

He has damage to his brain, heart and lungs and has not woken up yet, though it seems his brain activity improves when he hears the messages that the cast of Friendship Is Magic recorded for him. Should anyone be so inclined, there’s a website for donations to help defray his medical costs. Not everyone can donate, but there’s also a space there just to leave messages of support.

I feel like in a different time we might all have been there. And the times need to change.

h/t Jason Helton

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist