My Little Ponywas already one of the gayest shows on television because ... well, it's My Little Pony. But now the children's classic is getting its first actual gay characters in the form of a lesbian couple. Neigh, queens!
Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty have already appeared in the My Little Pony book series, and writer Michael Vogel, who is queer, confirmed that they were in fact a couple in 2017, responding to a fan's tweet asking if they were together by saying: "Well, they aren't sisters sooo ... "
In an upcoming episode called "The Last Crusade," Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty will finally appear on screen as guardians of pony toddler Scootaloo. In an interview withBuzzfeed, Vogel and fellow writers Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber decided together that, with the show ending after the current season, it was finally time for the OG horse girls to appear on screen. Queer characters in children's media are also finally having a cultural moment following Mr. Ratburn's wedding on Arthur.
"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," said Dubuc.
"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 explained. "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."
"My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you," he added. "So it just felt like something important to do." Our only remaining question is, do Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty know Mr. Ratburn's sister? Animated power lesbians have to stick together!