the tyrants

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Kali Uchis FT Jorja Smith - Tyrant (Official Video) (New)

y’all: blue diamond is still grieving and wants to preserve pink diamond’s “possessions” (e.g., humans, the earth-made quartzes, and all the bubbled rose quartzes–actual LIVING BEINGS) out of sentimentality, so obviously garnet must have misrepresented blue diamond as an oppressive tyrant or lied about how cruel she is in “the answer”

…I cannot believe this is an actual idea floating out in this site and fandom.

1. who is Blue Diamond grieving for? hint: it’s not the billions of earthlings about to be destroyed–as far as she and Yellow Diamond know–by the cluster, the dozens of rose quartzes bubbled in retaliation for the Crystal Gem Rebellion, the desecrated, violated gems agonizingly forced together in the cluster experiments, the hundreds of both crystal and homeworld gems corrupted by the diamonds’ parting shot at the Crystal Gems at the end of the rebellion, or any of the hundreds or thousands of gems and humans destroyed or brutalized during, prior, or after the war for Earth. no. it’s Pink Diamond, another diamond. 

2. whose live even has the privilege to be considered “grievable?” the earthlings slated to be annihilated by the cluster? the generations of dispossessed humans, literally animalized, infantilized, and objectified in the human zoo until they forgot their cultures and homes? Ruby, who would have been murdered by Blue Diamond for fusing with Sapphire and would have accepted this willingly because she was made to believe that her own life didn’t matter? the gems forced together to create the cluster? the countless gems and humans who died in the war? no. only Pink Diamond’s life, and it’s only Pink Diamond’s so-called former “ownership” of the human zoo and the Earth–and, by extension, all the gems made and indigenous lifeforms living there–that motivates Blue Diamond to “preserve” them out of grief and sentimentality.

say it with me: BLUE DIAMOND’S GRIEF OVER PINK DIAMOND IS NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE FROM HER DISREGARD FOR, ABUSE OF, AND TYRANNY OVER GEMKIND. IT’S ACTUALLY EXTREMELY TELLING THAT BLUE DIAMOND’S GRIEF IS SO SINGULARLY FOCUSED ON PINK DIAMOND.

yes, even tyrants and dictators like the diamonds are multifaceted beings with the potential for love and grief. but guess what? their potential for SELECTIVE love and grief does not absolve them of the atrocities they’ve committed and continue to commit. in fact, Blue’s and Yellow’s capacity for (selective!) love and grief is all the more damning; in other words, it’s not that they’re incapable of them, but that they simply Do Not Care to put any effort into caring for other beings but themselves, diamonds. and when that disregard for others intersects with their absolute power over gemkind, it adds up to a whole lot of accountability for the atrocities they’ve committed and the kind of empire/society they preside over.

Blue Diamond demonstrably does not care about any of the beings she “preserves.” Garnet’s memory of Blue Diamond’s cruelty is just as true as Blue’s grief over Pink Diamond. she threatened to shatter Ruby in “The Answer”; she only chooses to preserve Greg–BY KIDNAPPING HIM AGAINST HIS WILL–because she’s surprised to find out that he too has the capacity for grief but, moreover, for EMPATHY, which she lacks but finds appealing in others because, obviously, it allows them to relate to her and her feelings and make her feel better; when she sees Sapphire in “That Will Be All,” she becomes cold, dangerous, and threatening again until Sapphire makes up an excuse and reminds Blue of her grief.

yet between Blue Diamond’s cruelty and capacity for love and grief the most significant is her cruelty, and it’s precisely because of the effect her cruelty has had on beings like Garnet, who she had nearly absolute power and control over. BLUE DIAMOND–AND YELLOW DIAMOND, AND PINK DIAMOND–HURT(S) PEOPLE, CONSTANTLY. the diamonds’ insular intimacy, love, and care for one another do not redeem them; it just makes their tyranny, oppression, and disregard for all other life all the more unforgivable.