Programs on commercial broadcast networks were less likely to have nonheterosexual content than those on cable networks, especially those on premium cable movie networks. Implications of the continued lack of attention to sexual minorities are discussed for both heterosexual and nonheterosexual viewers. Sexual content of programming on American television has changed substantially since the medium was first invented more than 50 years ago. At its inception, television rarely presented sexual themes, and throughout the early decades of television, topics such as pregnancy, contraception, and other aspects of characters' sexuality were considered too sensitive to be portrayed or discussed in television shows.
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Even for Cartoon Network, super-hero fantasy show Steven Universe is pretty out-there. The sort of show that picks up an adult fanbase for its crazy visuals, diversity of characters and deep mythology. And it has Nicki Minaj cameos. Yet despite the show picking up many female and LGBT fans, Cartoon Network has come under fire for seemingly censoring a scene where two female characters—Pearl and Rose Quartz—dance and almost kiss. In the uncut version that aired in the US, their mouths get very close to each other before they undergo a Power Rangers -style transformation— but when the scene was shown on UK TV, the most intimate moments were replaced with a cut away to a male character's shocked reaction.