Steven Universe returned on Cartoon Network on 4 January and one episode will be aired everyday until 8 January. The popular animation series, however, created pandemonium among fans after a lesbian scene between Pearl and Rose Quartz, where the two were seen dancing romantically, was "edited", by the network.
After receiving severe criticism from fans and critics, Cartoon Network has finally revealed the real reason behind editing the scene. "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," the network issued a statement according to Pink News.
"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 lesbian controversy aside, the show celebrated Steven's much talked about birthday. The popular series will next air three more episodes titled: It Could've Been Great, Message Received and Log Date 7 15 2, respectively.
In the previous episode, Steven, the youngest member of the Crystal Gems family, celebrated his 14th birthday and decided to utilise his powers, but his decision backfired as his half human and half gem body did not support his idea.
The special week will end with the episode Log Date 7 15 2 where Steven will listen to a friend's audio diary.