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The below image for the Young Justice TV series

Apparently the guy on the right is Aqualad..

You read that right, Aqualad.

Excuse me sir, could we please have more tokenism? There are a growing number of HOC in the DC Universe they could have chosen to fill the role, but instead they decided to change the race of an existing character to be black because...

... I have no idea. With that line-up (Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash/Impulse even) they could have even introduced an obscure character or two without difficulty. Empress, Bumbleebee*, Cyborg*, heck use Static he's in the DC universe now.

But instead we get... Aqualad

*Yes, I know both Bumblebee & Cyborg were used in Teen Titans. But if Robin's here for this series I don't see why they couldn't be.

Date: 2010-04-22 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marag.livejournal.com
Oooh, Static would have been *awesome*.

I feel your pain, but...I prefer this to leaving out characters of color. I know, it's a dumb way to do it, but I figure it's baby steps to not being idiots.

Date: 2010-04-27 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffxandra.livejournal.com
Oh I concur, but I have to say that changing a character's color for the sake of diversity (when I mentioned this at my gaming group on Saturday I got a *cough*NickFury*cough* in response) just makes it more tokenish.

It comes off as a lack of confidence in the company's actual characters of color, as if they're not good enough to be part of the group on their own merits.

The same thing happened when DC *airquote*diversified*airquote* after Infinite Crisis. As much as the new (asian) Atom, (hispanic) Question, and (also hispanic) Blue Beetle might have been good on their own, their simultaneous appearance just felt contrived for the sake of diversity rather than in service of character. I actually loved the transition to the new Question in particular and the initial adventures of the new Atom showed a lot of promise. I wasn't as much of a fan of the new BB, but I think that has to do with the teenage character and the fluffy storytelling.



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