Have you heard about the racist concepts with Amethyst?
I assume you mean the yellow image in the middle, right? I can easily see how someone might see that as racist, but after this whole Concrete thing I’m too drained and frustrated to give an impassioned speech about it, and frankly I think we’ve lost sight of what this was all supposed to be about
Is it offensive? A little, but it’s not exactly exceptional compared to the stuff we’ve seen elsewhere. Hell, Gravity Falls has done something worse than this pretty much once an episode. The only reason tumblr hasn’t thrown a shit-fit over that is because in the end, SU made one critical mistake: It tried to be perfect.
Lets be honest, for the first few seasons, SU was considered a godsend for representation. Even early on the cast spanned a wide variety of races, sexualities, body types and disabilities, none of whom had been deemed a token or “problematic” at the time. The fact that I can have serious discussions with people about whether the main character of a children’s TV show is trans on 4chan of all places, and actually convince them the answer is yes should tell you just how big a deal this all should be. Even now, several years later, I have yet to see another cartoon that even comes close to doing what SU did. So what happened?
Simple: we got used to it. SU had made itself look so perfect for so long that some viewers lost any sense of relative scale, so when the crew or an innocent fan artist made a slip-up that wouldn’t have even caused a second glance elsewhere, they became a menace to society that had to be driven to destroy itself less it corrupt this beautiful cinnamon bun. Of course, it was inevitable the show would eventually disappoint them in some way or another, turning an unhealthy obsession into a feeling of utter betrayal.
I honestly find it incredibly ironic that the criticals refer to us as “Stans,” seeing as the song they’re referencing is about an unhealthily obsessed fan who goes off the deep end after being let down by his favorite content creator and ends up acting increasingly irrational and violent. I guess in the end, with people like this, self awareness isn’t exactly their strong suit