The writers of Teen Titans Go have been remarkably defensive of their right to make a silly cartoon using characters people liked. This is not a bad thing in and of itself. While I don't care for the show, the Young Justice crossover pretty much said their piece, namely, that the show is supposed to be silly, it doesn't want to be serious, it shouldn't be serious, and to compare it to Young Justice is comparing apples to oranges. Perfectly understandable. Unfortunately, in their zealous defense of their right to be silly, "The Return of Slade" goes one step too far. After trolling people with the hint of Slade and essentially saying "You want Slade? Go watch Season 2 of Arrow because he won't be here," the show delves into its main argument. A clown, (an obvious, and emphasized, metaphor for animation) is derided as being just for kids, and should be ignored by anyone older than 12. But the attempts to make the clown more adult are seen as "corruption" and inherently wrong. Long story short, the cartoon is arguing cartoons are only for kids, and you should grow up and stop watching them. Furthermore, the idea of making shows more adult or darker is considering to be 'corrupting' the medium and characters. Nevermind these aren't your characters, I guess this means everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to the creator of Rick and Morty are now inherently corrupting animation because it's only supposed to be for kids. I also guess we can ignore the clearly not made for kids Justice League: Gods And Monsters that was released two weeks prior by DC ITSELF. Look, writers, you want to make a wacky comedy for ages 6-11, fine. You feel defensive that people dislike the characters that you're using when odds are if you have used anyone BUT the Titans there would have been a far lesser backlash? Sure. But to condemn how people handle a medium and to insult anyone who wants to do something with animation besides wacky crap for 6-11 year olds as being manchildren or corrupting a medium meant only for kids? That's when you officially go one step too far. The worst part is if you had stopped at the YJ crossover, I would have been happy to ignore you and let you do your thing. But you have no right to say what people can watch and what medium and characters creators can use.
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