Pearl Hates the Irish
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Pearl Hates the Irish refers to a fictional episode of Steven Universe in which the character Pearl expresses intense distaste for the people of Ireland. The joke started with a sarcastic Tumblr post about how the episode was racist, prompting Steven Universe fans to reblog the post saying it wasn't real. The original post was reblogged by several others supporting the hoax.
On June 21st, Tumblr user peteseeger posted:
Whatever your political beliefs, I think we can all agree that that episode of Steven Universe where Pearl calls the Irish “a plague on this planet which is slowly rotting it down to the rind and which must be excised” was NOT okay
This sparked a lengthy Tumblr thread where Steven Universe fand attempted to point out such an episode didn't exist, but the original poster, supported by several users getting in on the joke, never admitted it (examples of the thread shown below).
On October 4th, 2018, the entire thread was posted to Reddit's /r/tumblr by user derpazard, gaining over 190 points. YouTube user Cosmocalllucia posted a animation for the episode's title card, gaining over 3,500 views (shown below).
On Tumblr, the meme continues to see use, as people create art and photoshops about the episode and Pearl's hatred for the Irish (examples shown below).
 Tumblr – peteseeger
 Reddit – /r/derpazard
Oct 19, 2018 at 02:28PM EDT
A soup can
Oct 19, 2018 at 02:04PM EDT
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