Let me make one thing perfectly clear.
"All interpretations are valid uwu" is a terribly nice idea, and one that, ‘author is dead" and all, has a certain amount of validity.
But the problem with that comes into play when you are more in love with that idea than the very real fact that unless queerness is absolutely and indisputably canonized within a text, it will always be considered invalid by mainstream audiences and the average consumer of the work.
That’s just how things are.
And we can talk about why that sucks all we want, but it is there.
Subtext doesn’t matter. Creators saying it after the fact doesn’t matter, or not enough. (If you don’t believe me, talk to my coworker who finished the Legend of Korra thinking ‘wow what great friends’, or Entertainment Weekly who just put Kirk/Spock and Xena/Gabrielle on a list of ‘Best Bromances and Gal-pals!”)
To the average person, that subtext was never there unless it was validated.
We cannot denial the imbalance that occurs, the cultural weight which is ALWAYS given in favour of the heterosexual interpretation.
Anything but text, outright text, robs queer people of representation, it takes the stories away from us and renders our hopes invalid while people mock us for being delusional and entitled for hoping at all.
Talk all you want about interpretations, but if you are not willing to acknowledge the reality of that situation, or you care more about head canons than the right of queer people to see themselves onscreen, if you won’t acknowledge the damage that queerbaiting does, or even the reality of it, or you want to shame queer people for demanding that stories make good on the hope they handed us…
Consider your priorities.