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Oct 7, 2017 11:59
位作者叫 格雷厄姆·格林 (Graham Greene)曾经写道:缺乏想象力是仇恨之源”













A writer named Graham Green once wrote: "Hate is a lack of imagination."

This quote is certainly reasonable. Many people believe that there is a direct relation between people's ignorance of homosexuality and their hate of it. Think for a second, if a person not only doesn't have any homosexual family members or friends, but also has no opportunity to attend a liberal university, how can they foster an understanding of homosexuality? It is true that many people "learn" about homosexuality through religion, (such as how homosexuality is a sin), but this is a separate issue, and I won't talk about it today.

For all of recorded history, art and humanity's understanding of reality has had an inextricable relationship. From what I know, in the last few decades pop culture has had a greater and greater influence on the general public. My thinking is that the more people the internet connects, the easier it is to get the attention of more people. Therefore, the way content which the general public is exposed to online represents homosexuality is very important. If what everyone sees related to homosexuality gives them a negative impression, or gives them a misconception, then this may influence their attitude towards homosexuality. Online representation can influence everyday life.

Now that that's said, I want to use the example of one of my favorite cartoons, Steven Universe, to illustrate the society-changing potential of art.

Steven Universe has several homosexual characters. Of them, the two most important are Garnet and Pearl.

If not for Ruby and Sapphire's love, they would have no way of becoming Garnet, and Garnet would then have no way of existing. Their relationship is actually an embodiment of one of the vital messages of the entire series: the love between two people, no matter what their sexual orientation is, can magnify each other's individual strength. Therefore, I personally think that Garnet is a rare and miraculous role model.

But, Garnet is not this cartoon's only embodiment of the validity and real existence of homosexuality. Pearl, the left character, as a single lesbian, to a great extent helps single lesbian viewers deal with their own loneliness. We shouldn't underestimate her influence in this regard.

But what's interesting is how Taiwan and Mainland China to differing extents both censor Steven Universe. Taiwan chose to cut a scene between Ruby and Sapphire. They proclaimed that the reason for this censorship is that the scene is inappropriate for children. In my opinion this scene is innocent. It's only a female character (Ruby) giving another female character (Sapphire) a kiss on the forehead. In my opinion, there's more to Taiwan's censorship than they're letting on.
Mainland China's censorship is very clear. They refused to dub the cartoon. So Mainland Chinese homosexuals now have a harder time finding role models.

If homosexual children can't encounter good role models, how will they think that their feelings are normal? From what I know, most homosexual youth live under these kinds of conditions.

After carefully considering the above, you will probably think it's no wonder so many more homosexual youth commit suicide than do heterosexual youth.

In summary, the representation of art has an undeniable relationship to the normalization of the lifestyles of minority populations.