The year-old animator is now enjoying — and adding to — a very different cartoon landscape. In , the Disney animation Doc McStuffins aired an episode featuring an interracial lesbian couple. In , she got her break as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated series Adventure Time. In doing so, she became the first woman to independently create a series for Cartoon Network. It is an all-ages sci-fi romp with lots of heart. The titular character is sworn to protect humanity from intergalactic threats, alongside a ragtag gang of ageless alien warriors called Crystal Gems.
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When I was a little girl, I had an obsession with Robin Hood — the character in general, but the Disney film in particular. You know the one; every character is an anthropomorphic animal, with Robin Hood and Maid Marian portrayed by red foxes. Robin was everything I wanted to be — dashing, heroic, and genuinely good, placing himself at risk to help people with nothing, and doing it all without the brooding and snark of other movie heroes. I loved Marian, too, with her patient kindness and utter grace.
Steven Universe Is The LGBTQ Representation We Need
Jump to navigation. Scattered across the years were a few background gay characters, like Mr. Never did we get to see ourselves as main characters and part of the primary romantic arc like our straight counterparts. Mainstream networks want to appeal to as broad a base as possible, and while the majority of people in the United States support LGBTQ marriage and LGBTQ rights, by erasing those relationships from view, networks hope to simultaneously keep both homophobic and LGBTQ supporting audiences hooked on the shows and avoid backlash. What garners the success of these series is that they show queer romance throughout, let it breathe, and have a diversity of portrayals.
About a year ago I first started hearing about a little show called Steven Universe on Cartoon Network. It dealt with a little boy and his Gem friends saving the world. Then some gifs started appearing that made the show seem, well, pretty gay. LGBT fans have a tendency to latch onto any possible inference of a character being gay and treat their queerness as fact. Speculation and hope.