Why The Steven Universe Fandom Is The Worst Ever

Why The Steven Universe Fandom Is The Worst Ever

Their toxicity is out of control.
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Gather around readers, for I'm about to tell you the sad tale of "Steven Universe" and it's horrid fandom.

Before we get into this article, I just want to clarify a few things.

First off, I am aware that only a minority of "Steven Universe" fans are toxic. However, as the old saying goes, "a rotten apple spoils the barrel." And this fandom is no exception. Never before have I seen a show with such toxic fans. If this toxicity isn't addressed, then it will only get worse.

Secondly, I do not hate "Steven Universe." In fact, I really like this show. It has a diverse cast of characters and its message about love is heartwarming. I was officially a "fan" since about the time that "Serious Steven" (one of the very early episodes) first aired, so you can say that I have been aware of the fandom for a pretty long time. Back then, there weren't as many fans of "Steven Universe" as there are now, as it was still a relatively new show. All the fans really did then was draw fan art and discuss the theory about whether Garnet was a fusion gem or not.

I think that the major change that caused Steven Universe's explosion in popularity was around the final episode of the first season "Jailbreak." In this episode, it was revealed that two of the characters on the show were in a lesbian relationship. This was apparently a big deal, since "Steven Universe" was the first show with main characters who were LGBT. Naturally, Tumblr ate that up and "Steven Universe" became mainstream.

However, when the show's popularity increased, so did the sense of entitlement of its fans. Pretty soon, fans of the show began to dictate who this show was and wasn't for.

According to some fans, men weren't allowed to enjoy the show.

It was their show now, and they were willing to chase away anybody that countered their precious "headcanons."

The toxicity of the "Steven Universe" fandom became so potent that fans even began to attack each other over fan art (usually about it being "racist" or "fat shaming").


It has gotten to the point where fans felt the need to ask if it was okay to cosplay as a purple or red alien without being pinned as a racist.

The "Steven Universe" fandom was so crazy at this point that even the show's creators had to step in and tell the fans to cool it.

However, Steven Universe fans were quick to bite the hand that fed them.

I hate to say it, but it gets worse! This next incident is, what in my opinion, caused the "Steven Universe" fandom to go beyond the moral event horizon into the territory of "worst fandom ever."

Just as a warning, this story has themes of suicide and is rather intense and rage-inducing.

This story begins with the Tumblr user Zamii070, who was an aspiring fan artist who was a big fan of "Steven Universe."

Here are a few of her drawings:

They're pretty good, right? Well according to several Tumblr users, her art was both "racist" and "fat shaming."

Unfortunately, the insults toward Zamii070 only got worse and eventually progressed into rape and death threats.

Eventually, the constant ridicule and hate became too much for Zamii070, and she attempted suicide. This was the Tumblr post she made before her attempt.

Luckily, a user tipped her parents off and they were able to take her to a hospital before she was able to complete the deed. However, even after her suicide attempt, Tumblr's hate toward her did not diminish



Just to remind you people, this is a teenage girl that they're sending death threats to, all because she didn't draw FICTIONAL CARTOON CHARACTERS the "right" way. I remember the time when one could be a fan of "Steven Universe" without the constant fear of stepping out of line and getting blasted with hate from armchair activists who have nothing better to do with their lives besides judge people based on a kids show.

What I have here is only the tip of the iceberg that is the dark side of the "Steven Universe" fandom. Here is a Tumblr post which explains absolutely everything that the "Steven Universe" fandom has done.

Just to give you a fair warning, it is pretty extensive and a long read.

It saddens me to see what the "Steven Universe" fandom has become. What was once a fun show that everyone could enjoy freely is now a secret clubhouse for entitled fantards. And if you want to enjoy their "Steven Universe", you'll have to play by their rules. Zamii070 didn't. So they had to "punish" her for her "wrongdoings." Congratulations, Tumblr. If your goal was to chase away fans, you succeeded. Because I know that I no longer want to associate myself with your show or its fans.

Also, if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please follow this link. There is always another way.

Cover Image Credit: Cartoon Network

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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