We are the Crystal Gems
We'll always save the day
And if you think we can't
We'll always find a way
That's why the people of this world believe in
Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl and Steven!
Unless you've been living under a rock (quite possibly the same rock Garnet supplied Steven with), you may have been hearing your friends, colleagues, children, foster parents, drag mothers, etc. rave about the brilliantly crafted Cartoon Network show: Steven Universe.
I know you forty and fifty-something's have now mentally checked out upon reading 'Cartoon Network', but you'll want to remain engaged. Trust me.
Why Is Steven Universe so Engaging?
There are a plethora of reasons as to why this show has an immense amount of success. Let us take a look at a few reasons:
Within a mere 5 minutes into the first episode, Steven Universe, you immediately notice that this show really has no demographic. It is truly a show for all ages, genders, non-genders, and cultural backgrounds. The Crystal Gems are even voiced by Black-British musician, Estelle; Asian-American voice actress, Michaela Dietz; and Asian-American actress, singer, Deedee Magno-Hall; and American voice, television, and film actor, Zach Callison.
The main protagonist is a boy, which in itself is spectacular because Steven is a character that breaks down a lot of barriers within the female-dominating genre. Steven is portrayed as a character that is neither feminine, nor masculine. Throughout the entirety of the series (thus far), he displays all his emotions for his friends, family, and love interests. Not only that, but he is equally secure in being comfortable with Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl (who take on the roll of his foster mothers).
Speaking of breaking barriers, later on in the series, we learn that Garnet is a fusion product of two gems, Ruby and Sapphire, who are illustrated as a romantic pairing and relationship with one another (it is also openly stated that Ruby and Sapphire fused into Garnet because of their love for each other). And that's remarkable in itself. The relationship is neither subtle, neither is it forced, it is merely illustrated to just be.
We learn about the fusion in a song (performed by Estelle) called "Stronger Than You"
Pearl: The intellectual and precise member of the group who wields a spear.
Steven Universe has captured the hearts of billions, and as part of that, the internet is not immune to being seized by the fandom of Steven Universe.
As displayed above, The Crystal Gems showcase a level of empowerment, self-assurance, leadership, protection of society, and guardians of humanity. And, in the "real" world, we have a culture that encompass all of those things together into one:
Upon researching, we have gathered three queens that embody the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent (Thank You, RuPaul) of The Crystal Gems:
Garnet (Shea Couleé)
"I will fight for the place where I'm free! To live together and exist as me!"
Amethyst (Valentine Addams)
"I will fight for the world I was made in! The Earth is everything I've ever known!"
Pearl (as Pearl)
"I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz, and everything that she believed in!"
Catch Steven Universe only on Cartoon Network!