do you think that the "i can sing" moment in Story for Steven could be seen as making fun of Pearl, and her feelings for rose? i saw some discussion with people upset, saying that pearl was the butt of that joke, and it didnt feel right to me, but im not gonna tell those folks they are wrong for feeling that way. Even taking into account that Story for Steven was supposed to be before Rose's Scabberd and thus the joke was foreshadowing, it seems mean…… what do you think artie?
Naw, that’s not how I read it at all. It didn’t seem like a “haha, look at this loser” kind of point-and-laugh situation but rather a sort of good-natured “haha, how cute, you dork” way that’s really really common in close relationships (like friendships or families). I felt that scene was very much an indication of how close and comfortable they all were back then that they could have this very naturalistic exchange. It didn’t read as mocking to me, it was framed in a way that made the action endearing, I think (I mean, much of the fandom thought it was adorable, anyway). Pearl says that and then Rose grins at her, Garnet spontaneously laughs and then tries to stifle it, then Amethyst chuckles once she sees Garnet start laughing. It’s all very soft though which is typically not how you laugh at something you’re mocking. It is how you laugh when you’re teasing a friend or when a friend does something silly or someone does something cute.
I loved the scene, not just because Pearl is a cute dork but because of how they all acted. It felt really homey and warm, to me, like these four are clearly incredibly comfortable with each other. It made them feel like a family. Most friendships I’ve had (and my relationship with my siblings) and have observed have light teasing and joking around, its pretty much a sign of a friendship because its specifically something you can only do with someone you know well because its incredibly rude to do to strangers because you don’t know them and they don’t know you. I think interpreting all laughter or teasing directed at a person as malicious or cruel really misses the nuances of interpersonal relationships
of course, its entirely valid for folks to be a little upset by it, if that’s how it came off to them. People interpret media in different ways and while sometimes interpretations are either right or wrong, most of the time (especially with humor) its really about how you relate to it personally. Some people cannot stand being laughed at, even in a good-natured way, so they’ll always take the scene as negative or mocking. And that’s valid, its their honest response to that. I can’t tell people not to feel that way even though I feel its not what was going on. I think that sometimes something can be personally offensive without being objectively offensive, because it has to do with our own personalities and experiences and thresholds and the way we understand things