A brand new episode of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” set to air this weekend will introduce a same-sex couple onto the favored kids’s program.
Titled “The Final Campaign,” Saturday’s episode will function the animated equine characters Aunt Vacation and Auntie Lofty. The 2 horses care for the school-age character, Scootaloo, Comics Beat reported Monday.
The characters beforehand appeared within the 2017 ebook “Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe,” however this shall be their first look on the Discovery Household sequence, a reboot of the Hasbro 1980s unique.
One of many sequence’ writers, Michael Vogel, identified the right timing of the episode’s June 15 air date.
Vogel, who’s homosexual, told BuzzFeed that range and illustration was “my first precedence on the whole lot I work on.”
“Nicole and I assumed this was an amazing alternative to organically introduce an LGBTQ couple within the sequence, and we requested Hasbro and so they accredited it,” he mentioned. “With Josh and Nicole working the ultimate season collectively, it was one thing all of us wished to do — carry this out couple into the ultimate season and make them ‘formally’ part of the MLP world.”
The present, he added, “has at all times been about friendship and accepting folks (or ponies) which might be completely different from you.”
It stays to be seen how legions of “My Little Pony” followers will embrace Aunt Vacation and Auntie Lofty. Final month, the PBS Youngsters present “Arthur” revealed that considered one of its beloved characters, Mr. Ratburn, is homosexual, and debuted an episode displaying him tying the knot in a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Although LGBTQ rights advocates praised “Arthur” for its depiction of marriage equality, the information incensed numerous conservative groups and viewers. Alabama Public Tv opted to scrap the episode solely and air a rerun as an alternative.
In the meantime, Hulu is ready to debut “The Bravest Knight,” an animated fairy story centered on Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew, an interracial couple elevating an adopted daughter, Nia. That includes the voice abilities of T.R. Knight, Wilson Cruz, RuPaul and Christine Baranski, that 13-episode sequence will debut June 21.
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