So I’m an artist that makes plush toys. I can make anything really, Pokemon, anime characters, your pet cat, whatever you want. Of course I’m asked to make pony plushies a lot.
So one time I decided to sell at a convention nearby, it’s pretty small but has been growing over the years. Since ponies are so popular I make a few and bring them with me. Over the course of the con I get lots of compliments on how nice my plushies are etc. Then later these two chubby guys, both wearing fedoras approach my table. I can only think “oh boy here we go..” as they each take a pony from my table to examine (I don’t have a no touching policy or w/e). My plushies are made with a soft and snuggly material called minky, and both the guys start muttering to each other how soft the plushies are. They could’ve taken out a magnifying glass with how closely they were looking at all the details on these toys. One of them started to sort of stroke the one he was holding and I said “are you guys interested in anything?” and they just complimented my work and walked away. Later I went to the bathroom and my table mate said they had come back again to “examine” a little more but they didn’t buy anything.
That wasn’t the only instance of my plushies practically being groped by bronies either. I went to my friend’s college nerdy club and she told me to bring a pony plush to show off and get business from the brony members. I don’t really like to promote myself a lot but I brought it anyway in case anyone would be interested. There was one kid that was very interested.. I took out the plush to show and he instantly took it out of my hands and started petting it obsessively commenting on how soft it was. I thought it was kinda weird so I asked to get it back from him. Later on he was asking about my commissions and once again took the plush out of my hands to pet it more all the while being practically baffled by how soft it was. My friend came over and took it from him, gave it to me and said “yeah we’d best be going.”
I guess that’s not so bad considering other pony toys that have been made but it definitely made me feel a bit uncomfortable.