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During its run in the MENA region, Steven Universe was heavily censored on both CN Arabic and CN MENA. Lots of scenes and lines were cut due to being too inappropriate for children. Most of these contain sexual references or innuendos. Lots of censorship has also happened due to cultural differences and Turner Arabia (which runs CN Arabic and CN MENA) having different TV guidelines. Even CN MENA and CN Arabic have different censorship rules from each other as well.

Note that not all episodes have been tested, and there's probably several more that were censored that weren't on this list.

SINCE OCTOBER 2016 (SHORTLY BEFORE THE PREMIERE OF THE BEN 10 REBOOT), THIS ENTIRE SHOW HAS BEEN BANNED ALTOGETHER IN THE MENA REGION AS WELL AS TURKEY.

Season 1 Edit

"Frybo" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The shot where Steven's butt is visible is cut.
  • Shaved time - 1 second.

"Cat Fingers"Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The scene where Amethyst spanks herself while pretending to be Pearl is cut. This edit is exclusive to CN MENA.

"Bubble Buddies" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Lars saying, "Did you make (the bubble) because you're in loooooove?" is cut.
  • Lars making a kissy face on Steven and Connie's bubble is cut.
  • Shaved time - 9 seconds.

"Steven's Lion" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Ronaldo's "Steven's pregnant?!" line and spit take are removed with Steven's "I don't think so."

"So Many Birthdays" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to themes of mortality.

"Lars and the Cool Kids" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to themes of mortality.

"Steven the Sword Fighter" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The scene where Pearl helplessly drops her sword (also from Steven's flashbacks).
  • Shaved time - 4.5 seconds.

"Coach Steven" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Steven saying, "You can beat up Lars, and you don't have to starve to death if Sadie divorces you!" followed by Lars' "We're not MARRIED!" is cut.
  • Shaved time - 6 seconds.

"Joking Victim" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The shots containing the lyrics "Take both hands! Push below the diaphragm!" during the Big Donut training videotape are removed.
  • The part where Steven is performing the Heimlich maneuver on Lars.
  • Shaved time - 6 seconds.

"Steven and the Stevens" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The scene when Steven kissed the original Steven. This part is only cut on CN Arabic.
  • The last part of the song "Steven and the Crystal Gems", where Steven sings, "by watching myself die", is muted/changed in the Arabic dub.

"An Indirect Kiss" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The episode title changed to "New Power" in Arabic.
  • The scene where Connie tries to kiss Steven.

"Mirror Gem" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East for unknown reasons.

"House Guest" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The scene where Greg gives Pearl a hug after she fixes his van was cut. This makes it confusing when we see her backing away afterwards.

"Island Adventure" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Lars and Sadie's hugging in "Be Wherever You Are" is cut. After the fist bump the song ends.
  • Everything from "We're okay" to when Steven starts singing again is cut.
  • Sadie's, "You kissed me on the mouth!" is changed to, "How can you say that!?"
  • Shaved time - 29 seconds.

"Fusion Cuisine" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The scene when Steven hugs Connie is cut. The episode ends early.

"Warp Tour" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Steven's line when floating outside the warp stream, "And now, I'm gonna die." is changed to, "And now, I'm gonna go." in the Arabic dub.

"Alone Together" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Most of Steven and Connie's fusion dance is cut.
  • Connie's, "Um... you are." along with Steven's, "Oh... yeah." are cut.
  • Steven's, "So, what I was trying to say was... come dance with me." is cut.

"Winter Forecast" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • For unknown reasons, this episode is heavily cut down in the Middle East.
  • After Steven throws Greg's van keys into the snow, all of the scene of Steven and Connie running and calling Connie's parents is cut right up until Steven and Connie enter Steven's house. This is a cut of 40 seconds. While CN MENA has aired the episode, it is unknown if this part was cut.
  • The entire final scene where Steven and Greg sleeps at Connie's house is cut. The episode ends abruptly after Greg runs into the Maheswaran's house and Steven and Connie grin at each other. This is a cut of nearly 40 seconds. While CN MENA has aired the episode, it is unknown if this part was cut.
  • Shaved time - 1 minute 19 seconds.

"Maximum Capacity" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East for unknown reasons.

"Story for Steven" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to romantic themes.

"The Message" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Pearl's line, "I can't believe my flipping eyes" is cut.
  • Shaved time - 3 seconds.

"The Return" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • When Garnet is hit by Jasper's gem destabilizer the scene is immediately cut to the time when she explodes in a puff of smoke.
  • Shaved time - 8 seconds.

"Jail Break" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Ruby and Sapphire's fusion dance and their reunion.
  • The lyrics of the song "Stronger Than You" are changed to not include any details of Ruby and Sapphire's relationship but their union.
  • Garnet breaking Jasper's helmet is partly replaced with a white flash.
  • Shaved time - 16 seconds.

Season 2 Edit

"Full Disclosure" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Only the first verse of "Full Disclosure" is sung. After that, the episode skips straight to where Steven ignores Connie's call. This edit also cuts the flashback with Garnet getting poofed. While CN MENA has aired the episode, it is unknown if this part was cut.
  • Shaved time - 1 minute 8 seconds.

"Joy Ride" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Steven's "BAD GRRL" selfie is not shown. While CN MENA has aired the episode, it is unknown if this part was cut.
  • Shaved time - 1.5 seconds.

"Say Uncle" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Uncle Grandpa disguised as Rose Quartz appearing out of the giant clam is cut. Skips straight to where he stands up and dusts himself off.
  • Shaved time - 16 seconds.

"Love Letters" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to romantic themes.

"Sworn to the Sword" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to human sacrefice.

"Keeping It Together" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Garnet saying the Earth would become "janked", along with Amethyst's "Garnet! That mouth!" is cut.
  • Shaved time - 10 seconds.

"We Need to Talk" Edit

  • This episode was not aired in the Middle East possibly due to romantic themes.

"Chille Tid" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Malachite yelling "GO!" is muted in the Arabic dub.

"Keystone Motel" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • Ruby and Sapphire making up is severely cut down. Everything from after Ruby says "I'm... sorry" right up to Steven covering his eyes is cut.
  • Shaved time - 35 seconds.

"Onion Friend" Edit

The following scenes are censored/cut:

  • The entire scene where Onion shows Steven his birth tape is cut. While CN MENA has aired the episode, it is unknown if this part was cut.
  • Shaved time - 33 seconds.

Censorship testsEdit

Episode

Tested?

Censored?
Gem Glow No
Laser Light Cannon No
Cheeseburger Backpack No
Together Breakfast No
Frybo Yes Censored
Cat Fingers Yes Inconclusive (CN Arabic), censored (CN MENA)
Bubble Buddies Yes Censored
Serious Steven No
Tiger Millionaire No
Steven's Lion Yes Censored
Arcade Mania No
Giant Woman No
So Many Birthdays Banned Banned
Lars and the Cool Kids Banned Banned
Onion Trade No
Steven the Sword Fighter Yes Censored
Lion 2: The Movie No
Beach Party No
Rose's Room No
Coach Steven Yes Censored
Joking Victim Yes Censored
Steven and the Stevens Yes Censored (not on CN MENA)
Monster Buddies No
An Indirect Kiss Yes Censored
Mirror Gem Banned Banned
Ocean Gem No
House Guest Yes Censored
Space Race No
Secret Team No
Island Adventure Yes Censored
Keep Beach City Weird No
Fusion Cuisine Yes Censored
Garnet's Universe No
Watermelon Steven No
Lion 3: Straight to Video No
Warp Tour Yes Censored
Alone Together Yes Censored
The Test No
Future Vision No
On the Run No
Horror Club No
Winter Forecast Yes Heavily Censored (unknown for CN MENA)
Maximum Capacity Banned Banned
Marble Madness No
Rose's Scabbard No
Open Book No
Shirt Club No
Story for Steven Banned Banned
The Message Yes Censored
Political Power No
The Return Yes Censored
Jail Break Yes Censored
Full Disclosure Yes Heavily censored (unknown for CN MENA)
Joy Ride Yes Censored (unknown for CN MENA)
Say Uncle Yes Censored
Love Letters Banned Banned
Reformed No
Sworn to the Sword Banned Banned
Rising Tides, Crashing Skies No
Keeping it Together Yes Censored
We Need to Talk Banned Banned
Chille Tid Yes Censored
Cry for Help Yes Censored
Keystone Motel Yes Censored
Onion Friend Yes Censored
Historical Friction Yes Inconclusive
Friend Ship Yes Inconclusive
Nightmare Hospital No
Sadie's Song No
Catch and Release No
When it Rains No
Back to the Barn No
Too Far No
The Answer No
Steven's Birthday No
It Could've Been Great No
Message Received No
Log Date 7 15 2 No
Super Watermelon Island No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)
Gem Drill No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)
Same Old World No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)
Barn Mates No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)
Hit the Diamond No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)
Steven Floats No (because Steven Universe was removed before CN Arabic or CN MENA could air this episode)

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