i just. young justice is one of the most diverse cartoons i’ve seen and like—it has its flaws, of course it does. but people are out there complaining about how diversity is “too hard” and young justice does it effortlessly. in race and gender and disability—do you know how important it is to have an amputee who isn’t shown as a tragedy or an angel? to have a disabled mother who is the best mother her daughter could ever ask for and no one tries to question her capabilities as a mother because she’s disabled? to have a boy with ptsd triggered by something that seems so simple and harmless to everyone else—god, i am so, so glad that when they showed gar being triggered, it wasn’t a car crash that triggered him. it was just a waterfall. because that’s done by people who get how triggers work, and even though i wish they’d gone more into it, i’m so glad they had that moment.
there’s a girl who doesn’t speak english the entire show, and that is never demonized. it’s merely accepted and worked with—people saying things in english and then in japanese for her benefit.
there’s mexican characters, vietnamese characters, japanese characters, native characters, black characters, mixed characters—and they’re well developed with their own character arcs, not just background characters. some of them deserve more screen time than they got, but within the two seasons it had young justice felt more real to me than any other superhero cartoon or movie i’ve seen.
and that’s not even touching on the complex issues they tackled. tye is so important to me, because that was me. the teenager who walked out of their abusive home and never went back. i had to make that call to my aunt, like tye did to jaime, telling her i’d left and wasn’t going back.
the one thing i wish young justice could have done that it didn’t was queer representation. and i know the writers wanted to. i know that canonically they are queer characters in young justice, they just aren’t allowed to talk about it. and i hate that they were forced out of it.
but even without that, young justice is so important to me. and the fact that it was cancelled because the fandom was mostly girls—and really, was it a surprise? young justice was full of well-developed, interesting, and varied female characters—is probably one of the worst thing that’s ever happened to a piece of media i loved.