Background Pony #BBC3
I remember being a lot like that back in late 2011. During that time, I think there was a sizable influx of fresh fans, and it was sorta cool to bash people for liking ponies you didn't like. Most of the time I could tell it was for good fun, but I was a huge autist back then, and I thought everything was serious and dramatic.
Fortunately I didn't have other crazed idiots IRL to hang out with, like the group you got flak from. I don't know what kind of rabid fan in 2014 would still consider the Lunar Repblic/Solar Empire rivarly to be a legitimate feud. It's a pretty old-hat thing that's more than two years old at this point.