MLP S5E17: "Brotherhooves Social"
Big Macintosh misses being the awesome big brother…
Content Warning: We directly confront disrespectful and transphobic tropes used in this episode of My Little Pony (a stallion dresses in drag, which is used mostly for comedic purposes). While many of these moments are mild in nature, some of this content may be upsetting to some listeners. Please take care of yourselves and do not listen to this episode until you feel safe doing so. Thank you.
Every season or so of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, an episode comes along that has not aged well. This episode in particular sees Big Macintosh wanting to re-connect with Apple Bloom so much that he’s willing to dress in drag to be her partner at the Sisterhooves Social. The gesture is, as Sweetie Belle points out: “Sweet. Weird, but sweet.” Except that the writers missed the mark badly by leaning into the drag tropes and jokes waaaaaay too hard. And yet despite that layer of ickiness, the final scene of the episode sees Big Macintosh open up his sweet stallion heart to his little sister, feeling a little overshadowed by Applejack. As problematic as this episode is, it’s super sweet and meaningful to see this experience open Big Mac up to share his feelings. This week we review a problematic pony fave, “Brotherhooves Social.”
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Clip taken from “Sisterhood” as sung in the episode by Michelle Creber and Peter New, and written and composed by Daniel Ingram. Copyright 2015 Hasbro Inc.
Intro and outro music is "Madgapuff March (rmx) by JS Bach" by Lee Rosevere. Licensed under a CCO 1.0 Universal License. For the song and information about the artist, visit the song page at the Free Music Archive.