I hate that word. Oh, nothing wrong with the word itself, but outside the fandom, everyone uses the same blanket term for people who just watch the show every once in a while and also for the batshit insane ones that wouldn't think twice about dressing in pony fursuits and handing out flyers telling people to watch the show and then go to a LARP event where they do sword battles with horse dildos*. Also everyone in between.
And don't even get me started on running several inside jokes into the ground, the "conversion" crusades in the earlier days and the god awful horribly cringeworthy videos that appear every once in a while. I recall one being so horrible I had chest pains from the embarrassment just because it was bringing shame and embarrasment to so many other normal, quiet people. I wish I was kidding.
Back in the early days, it was the case of many to be a bit embarrased (in a good way, if that makes sense?) about watching the show, being waaaay out of the target demographic. I remember that when I told Maurice about the show I was threading extremely lightly, even though at the time I've known him for quite a while. That kind of attitude I miss of the general fandom population.
Of course, the reputation's tainted irrepairably by now. Only time will slowly patch it up.
*This is entirely hypothetical. I hope.