It seems as if some fans of "Steven Universe" have gone overboard. A storyboard artist for the progressive and quirky Cartoon Network animated series created by Rebecca Sugar was just recently forced to leave Twitter after experiencing harassment from an aggressive group of fans this month.
According to a report by Gizmodo, Lauren Zuke, one of the storyboard artists and writers for "Steven Universe" decided to leave Twitter and delete her account after she experienced harassment from fans of the series who accused her of queer baiting.
Queer baiting is a term used to describe what LGBT fans perceive to be a media creator's attempt at wooing LGBT fans with no clear intention of showing a consummated LGBT relationship on television. A thread on Reddit reveals that a group of aggressive "Steven Universe" fans supporting the Peridot–Amethyst pairing (otherwise known as "Amedot") in the series believed themselves queer baited after the "Summer of Steven" episode "Beta" aired showing Peridot moving in and doing well with Lapis Lazuli, a newly converted Crystal Gem.
Zuke had shared art supporting a hinted romantic relationship between Lapis and Peridot (otherwise known as "Lapidot" to some) after the episode aired. This angered "Amedot" fans, believing that not only was Zuke queer baiting them but that the artist was favoring one ship over the other.
Reacting to the harassing messages that the "Amedot" fans left her, Zuke took to Twitter to write that she was alright with criticism from fans but was upset that some felt as if she owed them something from the series.
"I decided I don't want to be accessible to thousands of people who think because I work on a TV show that I owe them myself all the time," Zuke wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Fans of the series on Twitter have been speaking out to support Zuke after she left the social media platform, asking those involved in the incident to stop harassing "Steven Universe" fans and artists.