can we take a sec to talk about the big ginormous elephant in the poi fandom room–
why the fuck are some rinch shippers so fuckin pressed that root/shaw is a thing?
why are they feeling so threatened that carter, a canonically integral character who had influenced their favourite male characters in important and real ways, is going to be returning in one self-contained flashback episode?
why do they insist on routinely filling the main tags (person of interest, poi spoilers, etc) with long, delusional, fanart-appropriating tantrums?
here’s the thing: slash shippers almost never get to see their pairings actually become validated by the source material, but it’s not like that’s why people ship their slash ships in the first place. most people go into fandoms thinking, “there’s probably not gonna be any main queer ships in the canon, just like all the others, but i’m gonna have fun with shipping the things i ship anyway.”
the fact that the driving forces behind THIS show had the wherewithal to be able to bring root/shaw to fruition is highly fuckin unusual, and ought to be a huge cause for celebration, even if you don’t ship the ship. it’s a step in the right direction that a lot of other shows, with all their slashy subtext, should take heed of. and it’s not like root/shaw took the one ~allotted slot for a queer ship and that’s why harold/reese probably won’t ever be a canon thing.
go for it. have fun with your rinch shipping. sometimes i lowkey ship it too. but you can seriously stop shitting on carter and root and shaw and iris and all the other women you feel like your precious men are being threatened by.
at the very least, keep it contained to your own fuckin tag. and also don’t steal other peoples’ artwork. c’mon. fandom etiquette 101
p.s. the main demographic supporting the show isn’t rinch shippers lmao it’s old people like my grandparents who turn cbs on in the afternoon and putter around their house the rest of the day with it still on