basically yes, the original fans were obnoxious but it was a waiting game/ Nothing new, eventually the show popularity would wane and things would go back to normal.
this was a resurgence of /fur/ actually. A handful of dedicated jackasses backed up by false flaggers who saw a small problem and made it a huge one for laughs. Instead of furries with a persecution complex whose voice was magnified by shit posters you got MLP fans whose site impact was made more profound by spammers who wanted the show banned from 4chan period for...some reason.
instead, because moot lost his edge we got /mlp/ which is a ghost town at this point because, surprise surprise, the ponyfad is mostly dead outside their special fansites.
now autists like Lee are more of a problem than the bronies ever were.