'My Little Pony' cartoon praised for introducing lesbian couple — but some critics call it 'sick'

A month after the PBS children’s cartoon Arthur featured teacher Mr. Ratburn coming out as gay and marrying a man — prompting Alabama Public Television to ban the episode — Discovery Family’s My Little Pony is introducing its own same-sex couple, just in time for Pride.

As BuzzFeed News reports, writer and producer Michael Vogel confirmed that this Saturday’s episode, titled “The Last Crusade,” will mark the TV debut of Scootaloo’s Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, who, as he once tweeted “aren’t sisters.” The episode has already aired in Europe.

Comics Beat notes that the lesbian couple first appeared in the 2017 book Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe but have not yet turned up on the Discovery Family cartoon, now in its final season.

"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," showrunner Nicole Dubuc told BuzzFeed.

"My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you,” added Vogel, who is openly gay. “So it just felt like something important to do.”

Many agree, and have commended the show for its inclusivity.

Of course, the move isn’t without some controversy. Australian conservative pundit Lyle Shelton was among those decrying the show’s decision.

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