The final season of My Little Pony is currently in broadcast with over 9 seasons already down. The show has been gaining momentum since 2010 with the release of its first episode after the books.
Younger audiences, as well as parents, have constantly given approvals of the messages that have been in the broadcast. The writers have been working to help kids understand the need for love, harmony and friendship. My little pony follows the story of Twilight Sparkle, a rather lonely pony, who with the help of her mentor – Princess Celestia – learns the importance of friendship. She does so through the help of her friend Pinky Pie, Apple Jack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Rarity.
The writers took it upon themselves to introduce the aunts of the school-age character Scootaloo. Aunt Holiday and Aunty Lofty have already taken to screens across Europe. They shall air in America on the 15th of June, right in the middle of Pride Month.
When an image of the characters was tweeted by a fan account back in 2017, Michael Vogel re-tweeted it saying “What a cute couple!!!!!”. Further questioned by a fan, Vogel responded saying “Well, they aren’t sisters so….”
When the fan asked for re-clarification, Vogel explained, “When I say ‘cute couple’ I’m saying that Aunty Holiday and Aunt Lofty are a cute couple. Yes’.
What a cute couple!!!!! https://t.co/h7EroakFpQ
— mktoon (@mktoon) October 11, 2017
When I say "cute couple" I'm saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes.
— mktoon (@mktoon) October 12, 2017
Some fans were quick to point out that the couple does exist in the “My Little Pony” books. They had just not been included in the animated show. Well, not until now.
Vogel went on to include his fellow writers, Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber in the conversation.
— mktoon (@mktoon) June 10, 2019
After the tweets started getting widespread attention online, the writers began sharing the media coverage. “I get more and more proud of season 9 with every episode. Way to go,” Haber wrote.
How did it start?
Vogel told BuzzFeed News that the idea for the aunts was a collaboration between himself and showrunners Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber. “I think it’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love — that, to me, is the core of My Little Pony,” Dubuc said.
It all started with getting them approved for that book. “Nicole and I thought this was a great opportunity to organically introduce an LGBTQ couple in the series, and we asked Hasbro and they approved it,” Vogel said.
Haber said that, like other shows, fans love shipping same-sex pairings on MLP, even if they’re not canon. This gave them a way to make a same-sex pairing a reality. “Diversity and representation are important for kids for so many reasons, and it’s my priority on everything I work on,” he said.
For Vogel, who is gay, it was important to him for the show to reflect the real world. “My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you. So it just felt like something important to do,” he said.
Ofcourse there was a backlash with people questioning how such an act could be allowed on a TV show. Vogel shared his views in a tweet, ending the tone with a hefty sigh.
Season 2: Cakes give birth, cool
Season 2: Shining Armor and Cadence's Wedding, cool
Season 5: Cadance is pregnant, cool
Season 8: Maud has a boyfriend, cool
Season 9: Scootaloo has lesbian Aunts:
"BLASPHEMY! YOU CAN'T BRING SEX INTO KID'S TV! YOU'RE GOING TO HELL!"
— mktoon (@mktoon) June 15, 2019
Moreso, My Little Pony is one of the few cartoons that have jumped onto the LGBT wagon, showcasing their love for the community.
Another notable would be the gay marriage in a recent episode of Arthur. Yes, our childhood friendly aardvark is still on the air and has kept up with the changing times. The show recently had an episode with Arthur’s teacher Mr.Ratburn marrying a man. Never was the word “gay” used. The show went on to receive praise for showing children that you can love and marry anyone you please, all genders alike.