The animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” featured lesbian aunts during its final season, a writer for the show and an actress who gives voice to one of the aunts have confirmed.
“Introducing Aunt Holiday (ginger hair, voiced by me!) & Aunt Lofty, the lesbian pony couple debuting today on on ‘The Last Crusade’ episode of My Little Pony Season 9! #mylittlepony #proud,” tweeted Jackie Blackmore on June 15.
“@NicoleDubuc, @joshhaber and I doin’ what we can to bring more EQuality to EQuestria!! #PrideMonth,” Michael Vogel also tweeted on June 10.
The two had previously appeared in the 2017 book “Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe,” according to Comics Beat. At that time, Vogel similarly had tweeted that the aunts were a “couple.”
“Are they really lesbians in the actual book?” one follower asked.
“Well, they aren’t sisters so …,” Vogel replied. “When I say ‘cute couple’ I’m saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes.”
He explained to BuzzFeed earlier this month that he and co-writer Nicole Dubuc “thought this was a great opportunity to organically introduce an LGBTQ couple in the series, and we asked Hasbro and they approved it.”
“With Josh and Nicole running the final season together, it was something we all wanted to do — bring this out couple into the final season and make them ‘officially’ a part of the MLP world,” Vogel further explained.
The episode, entitled “The Last Crusade,” subtly incorporates the aunts into the story, as viewers realize that the two live together.
Some were pleased with the depiction of the animated characters as being lesbian, and others said that it is not appropriate to put such concepts in children’s entertainment.
“It’s great that you finally have the aunts in it. Even if it’s a bit subtle, it’s a really important step in the right direction,” one Twitter user commented.
“It means a lot to the LGBTQ community to finally see our stories being told in cartoons. There is nothing wrong with loving who you are and who you love,” another opined.
“How about you keep your agendas off our screens? How about giving families EQual opportunity to discuss this in their own homes without you forcing it?” another wrote.
“And we are done with My Little Pony. My daughter will not be watching this show anymore. We have been supporters for years buying the episodes, movie and toys. Their loss,” a fourth lamented.
As previously reported, last month, the PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur” depicted elementary school teacher Mr. Ratburn as “marrying” an aardvark named Patrick.
In 2017, an episode of the preschooler-geared Disney Junior cartoon “Doc McStuffins”featured an animated depiction of the lesbian mothers of two children. Disney also raised concerns the same year when it aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene during a broadcast of its cartoon “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.”
Last summer, World of Wonder’s WOW Presents Plus aired the cartoon “Drag Tots,” voiced by cast members of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and featuring four pint-sized drag queens who attend grammar school. Netflix also announced its animated series “Super Drags,” which centers on the fictional tales of drag queen superheroes.
The late Anglican preacher J.C. Ryle once said, “Men try to cheat themselves into the belief that sin is not quite so sinful as God says it is, and that they are not so bad as they really are.”
The Bible teaches that all men inherit the sin nature of Adam and are “by nature, the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3) and the enemies of God. Jesus said in John 3:3 — the same message for all — the men must therefore be born again, and be transformed from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven.
A man who has been regenerated by the spirit of God consequently no longer lives unto himself, but to please the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5 exhorts, “And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again. … Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
“Examine yourselves, then, I pray you, whether you are born again. Have you good solid reasons for thinking that you have put off the old man which is corrupt, and put on the new man which is created after God in holiness?” Ryle asked.
“Are you renewed in the spirit of your minds? Are you bringing forth the fruits of the flesh or the fruits of the Spirit? Are you carnally-minded or heavenly-minded? Are your affections with the world or with God? Are you natural men or are you spiritual men? Oh, but it were no charity in me to keep back this weighty truth; and it will be no wisdom in you to put off and delay considering it.”
On June 15, Vogel retweeted a video of a man dancing near several street preachers at an apparent homosexual pride event as one declared his hope that the Holy Spirit would “convict you of your rebellion against God” as “it’s time to wake up … It’s appointed for men once to die and then comes the judgment.”