Everyone please go support the fuck out of this video.
It’s made by two black men voicing their concerns about concrete and calling out it’s blatant racism. Please, don’t let their voices be taken for granted and drown out in hate. They sacrificed their youtube platforms for this and don’t deserve the disgusting comments they’re getting.
I don’t often make non-art posts here, but there’s been a recent event involving a certain abhorrent fandom who I’m sure you’re all familiar with that’s really been bugging me.
As some of you are aware of a Steven Universe art book was released, there was a scrapped designed for a crystal gem named “concrete” with features that might bare semblance to a certain race or racial stereo type. Alongside said concept piece were some notes from a writer on the show (writer/boarder? I’m not entirely sure) that mention they “can’t read” and “collects shoes”. All of these together have people hooting and hollering over a bunch of silly coincidences, which is par the course for that particular group of people. They complain at every turn when it comes to stuff they deem as “social injustices” or some kind of “racial prejudice” in relation to these characters or plot points for the story. Let’s get some shit straight though:
Steven Universe is a work of fiction. The people behind Steven Universe don’t have any ill-intent with what they’re creating.
There’s a lot of stupid kids on this website, and for every stupid kid there’s at least 2-3 adults that aren’t right in the head that believe they’re doing the right thing by starting witch hunts and doing everything within their power to ruin a creator. For example:
The wording in their posts is that of someone who believes what they’re doing is slick, what they’re doing is undoubtedly the right thing. This person legitimately believes trying to learn who wrote some words that were attributed to some other person’s random concept art scribble for the sake of shitting on them is the right thing to do and will encourage the creator’s of the show to keep bending to their demands. You’re a part of several things that stifle creators visions, you’re legit contributing to the ruination of an art form because you’re doing backflips to insist that something is racist, and going an extra step just to run some unrelated person’s name into the ground.
I don’t even like this show. Steven Universe isn’t a cartoon I enjoy, I’d say it’s bad in a lot of places. I wouldn’t, however, say that I hate it so much that I think the team behind it needs to catch shit over something this petty. They especially don’t need this coming from people who exist for the sole purpose of dragging down creators because they deem a piece of media is that offensive to their sensibilities. This nonsense as reached a fever pitch and now is the absolute best time to tell the loud minority: “No. What we created wasn’t meant to offend. These are the people responsible, their intent wasn’t to offend. This design wasn’t even used, calm down.”
Children out for blood, shit, adults with the _mindset of children_ out for blood over a cartoon. You’re absolutely mad if you believe this is the way to settle a disagreement. If you’re young, don’t get involved with something this trivial. If you’re an adult and legitimately upset at this, you might be beyond saving. For the love of God get over yourselves.
As I check tumblr after being away from it all weekend it feels like issue of Concrete as been made clear. However, it’s personally important to me that I express my apologies as I am the one who responsible for the text written next to her.
I do not associate illiteracy with people of color. That’s just not where my mind goes. Had Concrete been under consideration for an episode, she, like all of the ideas for SU, would have been scrutinized carefully to prevent any careless mistakes like this. It’s a constant consideration to champion love and acceptance in all the episodes we make. But saying this now is meaningless to anyone who was hurt by my words. It’s too late. People make mistakes and I am currently one of those people.
I can’t undo what I’ve done but I can offer you my sincere apology. I can let you know that I make it a point to learn from my errors even when accidental. And it is my hope that any mistakes I make in the future always end with a step forward in a positive direction. That’s how I can be better. That’s how we can be better.
Good wood - brutally minimal but breathtaking, Masato Sekiya’s firm Planet Creations has completed a concrete weekend house, which cantilevers six metres over a rocky ledge in Japan’s Omine mountain range.
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
Just a little Steven Universe doodle. Some silly teenagers got really offended over this character concept by Lamar Abrams, a storyboarder on the show, to the point where the creators felt forced to erase the character out of existence. Well, here’s my part in making sure that jerks who harass content creators for anything they can twist into appearing “problematic” don’t have their way. I happen to think this is a pretty cool design. Lamar Abrams is himself a black man, and if anything, what’s truly racist is saying that black-coded characters aren’t allowed to have light lips because “that offends me”. As for the part where she can’t read, my drawing says it all - what would a gem need reading for anyway?