Nine months after the series finale, Steven Universe keeps delivering. The beloved Cartoon Network show has inspired a run of PSAs in which its characters draw attention to various aspects of systemic racism. The videos are directed by Rebecca Sugar, the show’s Emmy-nominated creator, and her husband Ian Jones-Quartey, the creator of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.
The latest in the series, titled “Tell the Whole Story,” was posted on Cartoon Network’s Youtube and social media accounts on December 3 and went viral the following week, driven by a big reaction on Tiktok. In it, Pearl teaches a class of schoolkids about the crucial scientific contributions of African American inventor Lewis Latimer, before reflecting on the general whitewashing of history. Watch it below:
The first PSA in the series, “Don’t Deny It, Defy It,” launched in October. It features Garnet — who, like Pearl, is a Crystal Gem (an alien group) — warning that racism is not always visible to everyone. On a subtler level, the video also strives to normalize gay love.