Ahead of the official ceremony on May 18, the Peabody Awards announced nine entertainment winners for 2019 on Thursday. The board also announced a special institutional award for Sesame Street. Among the entertainment winners, in the children’s/youth category, is the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, helmed by creator Rebecca Sugar.
In their comments on the series, the Peabody Awards said, “On its surface, Rebecca Sugar’s animated series develops a complex mythology centering around the Crystal Gems—’polymorphic sentient rocks’ who protect young Steven and his human friends from cosmic threats. But in this earnest fantasy epic and superhero saga, empathy is perhaps the most important superpower, something our real-world human society needs now more than ever.”
This marks the second award for Steven Universe in 2019 and the series’ third award overall. The show previously received recognition at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for its representation of LGBTQ characters and storylines; it also won a Primetime Emmy in 2018.
Although the series concluded in January, its impact is sure to be felt for some time, especially as the comics series is still ongoing at BOOM! Studios.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.