|The Steven Universe Debacle
||[Oct. 29th, 2015|12:02 pm]
|||||Banned in the USA- 2 Live Crew||]|
Alternatively Titled as: Steven Universe Fandom- Worse than Bronies?
I am something of a casual Steven Universe fan. I enjoy the show for it’s aesthetic, soundtrack and the original concepts which it has brought to the airwaves, something which I felt that Cartoon Network has lacked for a little more than over a decade. Those are my personal reasons for liking the show, but for others it’s all about representation. The show has presented positive representations of people with different body types, ethnicity, and even sexual orientation– this has made people feel like they have been vindicated. But let’s look at what that word means..
1. The action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented.
2. The description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way or as being of a certain nature.
In the three years of Tumblr, I have come to realize that representation is a very big thing. Also there is a group of people on Tumblr who fight for many things, sometimes to a fault.. this niche is called the Social Justice Warriors. These people sometimes fight for representation, and while their hearts are in the right place, their methods are not and are often blind to the damages they do. Steven Universe has drawn an appeal to these folks.. but let me say that these people are a small niche within the Steven Universe fandom.
But they are an active and extremely vocal few.. To the point where if they find something they disagree with, they will come and harass someone to the point of near suicide. I am talking about the Zamii070 incident. For those who don’t know, Zamii070 has drawn fan art depicting stylized versions of the character, the designs differing from the official depictions. Apparently it was the depictions of a thinner Rose Quartz and Amethyst, as well as fan art of other franchises which incurred the wrath of these SJW fans of Steven Universe and it had caused the artist to attempt suicide. She was missing for three days, and later uploaded a video from the hospital, indicating that she was getting the necessary help.
This incident had reached the ears of the Steven Universe creative staff and when they had announced that fans were able to draw whatever they want, the Steven Universe fandom, or rather the vocal niche.. went completely bat-shit insane. Claims from members of the fandom were made, ranging from that the Crewniverse staff was taking away their representation, that the Crewniverse staff was supporting pornographic artwork of the characters.
As far as I see it, as a Steven Universe fan.. and a former Brony… The Steven Universe fandom is more or less mirroring the My Little Pony Brony fandom in almost every single way. From starting out as a harmless fandom community, then a small niche rears it’s ugly head, and then causes one or more members to attempt suicide.. and then declare a revolt against the creators. There are differences but I see the similarities are staggeringly close.
Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse are NOT taking away your representation. Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse are NOT advocating pornography of the characters from the show.
That is an illusion brought upon the extremist Steven Universe fans placed onto themselves. This niche in the fandom is ruining it for the rest.
Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse are defending the First Amendment and are allowing the Steven Universe fandom to have fun. The extremist Universe fans, do not want that and wish for the fandom to conform to their views.
I will be ending this with a quote from 2 Live Crew’s Banned in the USA:
“What is this?? Is this not America? This is not China! This is not Russia!
This is not the place where they brought down the wall, this is America! We have the right to say what we want to say, we have the right to do what we want to do, and what I do in my house, you might not do in your house! So what I do in my house is my business! And the simple fact of it all is that we are BONDED by the First Amendment! We have the freedom of EXPRESSION! We have the freedom of CHOICE!”
So to the extremist Universe fans… You are actively trying to silence those who wish to express themselves with their art. You are taking their freedom of expression away. You started off with good intentions like the Brony fandom, you then later projected your views onto others like the Brony fandom, and soon started harming others like the Brony fandom..
You two fandoms deserve one another.