The Fame and Misfortune episode is not a middle finger to the fans anymore than the “Get a Life!” skit that made fun of Trekker stereotypes performed on Saturday Night Live by William Shatner was a middle finger to hardcore Star Trek fans. The skit is based upon hardcore fans - who know more about individual episodes than the show’s staff - that attend conventions. I love this episode because I can see that the main message is to not become so obsessed with the trivial details of individual episodes that you ignore the main message of the episode. For example, the point of “Pinkie Apple Pie” was not to determine if Pinkie Pie and Applejack are related. But that friendship and shared experiences can make a group of unrelated people, such as Trekkers or Bronies into a family. That was the reason this episode was made.