Fandoms for utopian works are not, as a general rule, utopian themselves.
Bronies behave exactly like you’d expect a fandom that is 70 percent white, 80 percent male, and 80 percent straight to act, which is to say that there’s a disturbing amount of sympathy for shit like GamerGate and MRAs.
I just discovered that Star Trek Online has a Stormfront fleet. As in the online Neo-Nazi and white supremacist community. Sure, it’s possible they’re just using the name, but on the other hand the ship I saw that fleet name on was the USS Germania, so there’s a pretty good chance–and given that the Earth Spacedock turns into a hotbed of racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim rhetoric around 2 a.m, even if it’s a coincidence there’s still plenty of evidence.
And of course the less said about certain segments of the Doctor Who fandom, the better…
I really wonder about this. How do people who are part of the problem watch shows that depict what is, in essence, a world without them? Are they just not paying attention, or that deluded? (Probably, yes.)