Can we talk about how much I love Steven Universe?! And completely putting aside how awesome the actual show is, let’s talk about the diversity for a second.
¾ of the main cast are actors of color!
Estelle as Garnet
Michael Dietz as Amethyst
Deedee Magno as Pearl
AND one of the four main characters (and really the best one, IMO) is a black woman with a badass afro!
WHO IS ALSO not just queer, but is the embodiment and personification of the lesbian relationship between two characters.
Ruby and Sapphire (yes, I know gems are technically genderless, but they identify/present as women and use she/her and ultimately that’s what the audience sees, so it’s still important queer female representation)
Whose voice actors are also women of color
Charlyne Yi (Ruby) and Erica Luttrell (Sapphire)
And there’s definitely some Les Yay/implied romantic feelings between Pearl and Rose Quartz, if one-sided (Pearl).
Rose and Pearl fuse into Rainbow Quartz
Actually, a lot of the fusions are incredibly Les Yay:
Garnet and Amethyst fuse into Sugilite
And there are so many side characters of color:
The Fish Stew Pizza Family
And so many great guest stars of color:
Godfrey (Kofi Pizza)
Reagan Gomez-Preston (Jenny Pizza)
Toks Olagundoye (Nanefua Pizza)
Sinbad (Mr. Smiley)
Matthew Moy (Lars)
Kimberly Brooks (Jasper)
And one amazing mega superstar of color as a very memorable character:
Nicki Minaj (Sugilite)
AND Steven’s love interest is an Indian-American girl
All of this is just to say how nice it is to look at a cast and character list and see such diversity. And the show is just so freaking spectacular. It really stands in stark comparison to those projects where characters are whitewashed and the casting director throws out the old “we hired the best person for the job” line and it’s some bland white person who can’t act themselves out of a paper bag.
YAY Steven Universe, and YAY Rebecca Sugar the FIRST WOMAN to create a show for Cartoon Network (and she’s not even 30 yet!)!
Steven Universe + the diverse cast of female voice actresses → requested by anonymous
From top to bottom: Susan Egan, Estelle, DeeDee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Charlyne Yi, Erica Luttrell, Jennifer Paz, Kimberly Brooks, Shelby Rabara, Rita Rani Ahuja, Aimee Mann, Nicki Minaj, AJ Michalka, Grace Rolek, Kate Micucci, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Toks Olagundoye
deedee magno-hall (pearl): everyone’s proud mother. likes + retweets your su fanart if you tag her, compliments everyone, and follows the whole cast & crew. “wife mom blessed voice of pearl”. promotes her musical work a lot.
michaela dietz (amethyst): quirky aunt. says “dude” a lot. talks to deedee and the crew. tweets shit like “i ate a burrito that ate like 4 other burritos. think about it”. honestly, i hear most of her tweets in amethyst’s voice.
estelle (garnet): an Established Artist™. tweets about her music. LOTS of instagram links. occasional memer. usually too busy with other shit to deal with the su fandom.
shelby rabara (peridot): filthy memer. has a peridot header. lots of alien emojis. is in a silent competition with estelle to link the most instagram posts. loves los angeles more than you.
jennifer paz (lapis): mostly tweets & retweets about su. retweets you, retweets your friends, retweets your family. even retweets gif reactions. makes occasional puns and loves every single lapis fan.
kimberly brooks (jasper): used to never tweet, discovered the jasper fandom a few weeks ago. suddenly became deedee-levels of dedicated to liking + retweeting jasper stuff. called a jasper fanart “super hot” once.
zach callison (steven): chill older brother. updates everyone on where he is all the time, which is usually a con somewhere. lets you know when new episodes are on. seems to genuinely like “hanging” with the fandom!