LGBT+ PRIDE! Film & Television Rec: "Steven Universe"
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
" Steven is the proverbial “little brother” to a team of magical guardians of humanity, the CRYSTAL GEMS! Steven may not be as powerful as the Crystal Gems. Or as smart. And he may not have any control over the magical powers that come out of his bellybutton. But that doesn’t stop him from joining Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl on their magical adventures - where Steven always finds a surprising way to save the day. " + Rating: G Starring: Zach Callison, Deedee Magno, Michaela Dietz, Estelle, Shelby Rabara, Jennifer Paz, Kate Micucci Country: United States
CARTOON NETWORK  animation / action / adventure / comedy / family / fantasy / space
AUTHOR'S NOTES :
“It doesn’t have to be cruel to be funny.”
— Rebecca Sugar
The creator of “Steven Universe” doesn’t just talk a big game, she plays it to near PERFECTION!
Going into the second half of the 5th season, the story of Steven and the Crystal Gems has seamlessly progressed from the 'light but zany' comedy style of the Cartoon Network, to an action packed science fiction adventure, and then an intellectual layer was added (concerning philosophies regarding morality, as seen in the more hard core science fiction stories), and after that... whatever’s in store for Steven in the second half of Season 5. <3
From a lighthearted sprinkling of geeky easter eggs throughout the series, to tackling unpleasant issues such as CONSENT, this show can literally do it all using POSITIVITY, INCLUSIVITY and KID FRIENDLINESS!!!
In the world of Steven Universe…
People can be flawed yet still be inherently good.
People can be different without fear of being persecuted by your peers.
People can be any shape, any size and be beautiful and graceful.
“Steven Universe” is PROOF that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is NOT a 'hindrance', an 'annoyance', nor a 'franchise killer' with regards to storytelling. Though it might require a little more effort, being kind can clearly increase a story’s quality, make a story relatable to a much wider range of demographics, and simultaneously have a positive influence on its viewers.
This show is PROOF that a story does NOT need homophobia, racism, rape culture, etc. to engage and enthrall an audience. So it's not worth being lazy and playing off the preconceived notions of your viewers.
Is it really so hard to put a little love and effort into a televised project? It's clearly not difficult for Rebecca Sugar, so perhaps it’s not so complicated after all.
This is why I give “Steven Universe” a GOLD STAR and why I will always wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who will listen. <3
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