Young Justice: Weisman Counters "Fans" Wanting LGBTQ Content Removed

With the final arc of Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti's Young Justice: Phantoms currently underway, if social media reaction is any indication then the HBO Max animated series could very well be looking at a fifth run (keeping fingers, toes, and other bodily parts crossed just in case). But then you have that small but loud & way-too-whiney faction of "fandom" that apparently love playing the gatekeeper role so much that they push back and push back hard on anything they consider a "change." And then there are those within that group who just don't like anyone who isn't them. Well, Weisman had an idea he wanted to "share" with one of those trolls earlier today. When the creeper hit up Weisman & Vietti earlier today (name protected because they don't deserve the free press) to suggest that they "strip the LGBT content" from the animated series "because it doesn't add any value." And then Captain Sunshine & Sparkles ended it with, "It pollutes the show and alienates some viewers unnecessarily. Great cartoons did fine without that content for decades. Don't ruin the show!" [Ed Note: losing some viewers is always an easy trade-off if it means more members of the LGBTQ feel represented]. As you can see from the screencap above, Weisman clearly wasn't interested in listening to any of that nonsense: "How about instead, I strip all straight white male content from the show. We've seen plenty of that already, anyway, and I think they may be polluting the show. Don't ruin my mood."

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When the creeper hit up Weisman & Vietti earlier today (name protected because they don't deserve the free press) to suggest that they "strip the LGBT content" from the animated series "because it doesn't add any value." And then Captain Sunshine & Sparkles ended it with, "It pollutes the show and alienates some viewers unnecessarily. Great cartoons did fine without that content for decades. Don't ruin the show!" [Ed Note: losing some viewers is always an easy trade-off if it means more members of the LGBTQ feel represented]. As you can see from the screencap above, Weisman clearly wasn't interested in listening to any of that nonsense: "How about instead, I strip all straight white male content from the show. We've seen plenty of that already, anyway, and I think they may be polluting the show. Don't ruin my mood."

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Image: HBO Max

But just so we don't end things on a negative note, earlier this month Weisman and Vietti shared a curated Young Justice watchlist to help viewers prepare for the current season's final arc so we wanted to make sure to pass it along to you:

"Independence Day"
Young Justice Season 1: Episode 1
This is where it all began! The Justice League's sidekicks are invited into the Hall of Justice for the first time, but they soon learn that their mentors' headquarters aren't what they appear to be. The young heroes ultimately find themselves at Project Cadmus, where they come face to face with Superboy for the first time.

"Targets"
Season 1: Episode 10
Red Arrow takes on some of the world's deadliest fighters as he tries to stop the League of Shadows from igniting an all-out war. There are some memorable action scenes in this one!

"Terrors"
Season 1: Episode 11
Miss Martian and Superboy go undercover as the Terror Twins and allow themselves to be incarcerated at Belle Reeve Penitentiary.

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"Misplaced"
Season 1: Episode 19
A spell causes everyone over the age of eighteen to disappear and it's up to the Team to keep the world without grown-ups from descending into chaos.

"Performance"
Season 1: Episode 24
Dick Grayson returns to Haly Circus when the Team goes undercover as performers to find an international thief. The final scene between Jack Haly and Dick Grayson will tug on your heartstrings.

"Usual Suspects"
Season 1: Episode 25
Rocket officially joins the Team, as Artemis and Miss Martian reveal their secret origins.

Young Justice: Weisman Counters "Fans" Wanting LGBTQ Content Removed
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"Eminent Threat"
Young Justice Season 3: Episode 3
The Team takes on Count Vertigo as the country of Markovia finds itself in crisis.

"True Heroes"
Season 3: Episode 13
After learning the location of a group of trafficked meta-teens, Nightwing leads a rescue mission. Featuring the first appearance of Tara Markov.

"Influence"
Season 3: Episode 14
The Justice League take on Granny Goodness and her Female Furies, while Halo begins their journey of self-discovery.

"Elder Wisdom"
Season 3: Episode 19
The Outsiders embark on a rescue mission in Ireland, unaware that Batman is secretly pulling the strings.

"Quiet Conversations"
Season 3: Episode 20
The heroes set out to find Metron's Mobius Chair after learning that it's the only thing that can save Cyborg's life. Have your tissues handy as you're watching this one, because the therapy subplot between Megan and Harper Row is an emotional one.

Young Justice: Weisman Counters "Fans" Wanting LGBTQ Content Removed
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"Into the Breach"
Season 3: Episode 24
The Team and the Outsiders rush to save Halo before Granny Goodness can use their powers to enslave all of mankind.

"Overwhelmed"
Season 3: Episode 25
As Artemis grows closer to her brother-in-law, she begins to worry that she's betraying Wally's memory. Heartbroken, Artemis has Zatanna summon Wally's spirit so she can get closure once and for all.

"Nevermore"
Season 3: Episode 26
The Outsiders and the Team return to Markovia to stop Baron Bedlam once and for all. Tara rejects Slade and sides with the heroes, while Brion gives in to his darker nature and kills Bedlam. This one got dark, but it had a fun credits sequence with Baby Lobo.

"Inhospitable"
Young Justice Season 4: Episode 1
Miss Martian and Superboy head to Mars to begin their wedding preparations, but soon discover that not everyone on the planet is thrilled about their presence.

"I Know Why the Caged Cat Sings"
Season 4: Episode 8
After years of estrangement, Artemis hopes she can finally bring her sister Jade home once and for all. Meanwhile Clark Kent has a heartbreaking conversation with his son Jon about the death of Superboy.

"Odnu!"
Season 4: Episode 9
A magical being known as the Child begins her war against Klarion and the entire planet is caught in the crossfire.

"Kaerb Ym Traeh"
Season 4: Episode 13
The war between Klarion and the Child reaches an explosive climax, as Perdita struggles to salvage her relationship with Gar Logan.

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"Nautical Twilight"
Season 4: Episode 14
Delegates from various undersea kingdoms come together for a diplomatic conference. It doesn't go well.

"Ebb Tide"
Season 4: Episode 15
With their future timeline in jeopardy, Saturn Girl and Chameleon Boy seek out Superman, hoping he'll be the key to salvaging their history.

"Leviathan Wakes"
Season 4: Episode 17
The Atlantis conflict comes to a close, as Conner continues to navigate his strange new surroundings.

"Beyond The Grip of the Gods!"
Season 4: Episode 18
Rocket butts heads with Orion during a mission to New Genesis, as Superboy learns the truth about the mysterious dimension he's trapped in.

"Encounter Upon the Razor's Edge!"
Season 4: Episode 19
Chameleon Boy and Saturn Girl come clean about the series of events that have left them stranded in the 21st century. Elsewhere in space, Kilowog and Tomar-Re answer a distress call. Fans of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will enjoy some of the Easter eggs found in this episode.

"Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!"
Season 4: Episode 20
Beast Boy attends a therapy session with Black Canary, Forager continues his courtship with Mountain Forager, and the Phantom Zone Kryptonians have a musical number about the glory of Zod. (Seriously, the Zod song is awesome.)

"Odyssey of Death"
Season 4: Episode 21
As the conflict on New Genesis intensifies, the heroes are rocked by the death of—well, maybe we shouldn't spoil that here. If you haven't seen the episode yet, check it out. Trust us, it will rock your world.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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