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Cartoon Network UK Draws Fire for Removing Same-Sex Embrace in “Steven Universe”

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Cartoon Network’s United Kingdom affiliate is drawing fire from Steven Universe fans for censoring a same-sex embrace between the two female characters Rose Quartz and Pearl in the episode “We Need to Talk,” replacing it with a recycled reaction shot from the title character’s father.

In response to an online petition protesting the edits, Cartoon Network provided a statement to UK-based PinkNews.com, which stated:

“Cartoon Network (in Europe) often shows amended versions of programs from US originals.

The US broadcast system requires that shows are marked with a rating –in this case PG (parental guidance necessary). In the UK we have to ensure everything on air is suitable for kids of any age at any time.

We do feel that the slightly edited version is more comfortable for local kids and their parents.

We have an ongoing dialogue with our audiences and our shows reflect their preferences. Research shows that UK kids often watch with younger siblings without parental supervision.

Be assured that as a channel and network we celebrate diversity – evident across many of our shows and characters.”

The response is drawing as much or more fire than the original censorship from the LGBT community and its supporters.

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  1. If you can point to anything specific in the article where I accuse CN UK of being homophobic, I will happily modify the article. I state, specifically, that there were edits, that a petition was made protesting them, and that CN UK issued a statement to address it which did not have the effect that they intended. Where is the implied accusation of homophobia in there?

  2. It's a shame that people are giving so much attention to these censorship practices when it's the marginalized groups that get affected by these.UK censors a lot more shows on CN, specially Regular Show which not only has a YouTube channel, but a webpage (now inactive) dedicated to listing the edits they have been doing to accomodate their children.But no, Steven Universe gets special attention because UK's practices affect the LGBT group. They could have used their powers to fight against the censorship practices on CN UK, to request a demand for uncut content, but I don't see that being applied here. So the fact that this is blowing out of hand really goes to show their hypocrisy."If this show is censored, but does not promote equality, why do we have to demand the higher ups to not censor it?"