I haven’t even seen the new Steven Universe episode and i already have something to say about it . Why are people complaining that Opal is “graceful” and Sugilite is “beast-like” ? First of all , it’s not because one has a white person in there and the other doesn’t , don’t make a big deal out of…
First of all, I apologize that this got so long in response to a personal post. You just seemed to capture how a certain portion of the fandom feels about the fusion thing quite well, and it seemed like a good chance to offer another perspective.
I get where you’re coming from in a way, but the problem I have with this sort of thinking is that it’s based on the assumption that media can exist in a vacuum. Within the context of the show, what you’ve said could be justified, but the show didn’t just *exist*; it was created by people, people who by their nature as human beings are not immune to the influence of society. In fact, studies have shown the more people believe they are above the influence of society, the more easily they are in fact manipulated by it/susceptible to it. Not sure I even ascribe to that, but take it for what you will.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that it seems wrong to justify problematic implications with characters, characters who were not created in (and cannot exist in) a vacuum. Speaking of—this reminds me of a post I read recently by a woman who has taught at an acting school for many years who found that an exercise in character development routinely turned into a workshop on assumptions in general. Basically she would give everyone pictures of real people (all of whom were in fact talented but lesser-known actors) and would ask students to build/act out characters based on them. What she found was that EVERYONE routinely made character decisions with limiting/troubling racist and sexist implications that they couldn’t justify upon further questioning.
Honestly, I’m still not completely sure what to make of Coach Steven and fusions in general. But Rebecca Sugar is someone whose work I’ve followed and admired for a long time and I think it’s only right we continue to enjoy the show, while nonetheless being open to criticism of it.