If I’m being honest, I really don’t think Rooster Teeth would be guilty of any qu**rbaiting if Bumbleby isn’t canon.
Really, it just seems to me, as a person who doesn’t really ship anything in RWBY, that people are just desperate to see a relationship that just isn’t there. I don’t doubt that Blake and Yang care for each other deeply, but I don’t think it’s romantic.
And a lot of people point at Bmblb as “that’s baiting, they gave us a song but don’t plan on going anywhere with it!” and I mean… yeah. That song wasn’t written by Rooster Teeth or any of the show’s staff. It was Jeff having a bit of fun with the fandom.
And hell, just because a ship gets a song doesn’t mean that it’ll happen. Look at Arkos - we know that Pyrrha loved Jaune but as of now we don’t know how Jaune felt about her. We know that her death tore him up, but we don’t know if he loved her. Personally, I don’t think he did. I think a lot of his grieving comes from that first and last kiss, and the unresolved feelings that it left him.
Hell, even Renora has doubt behind it. “Boop” is unquestionable confirmation that Nora loves Ren. But we don’t know if Ren reciprocates those feelings. One sided feelings does not a relationship make. For all we know, Ren could just see her as a sister, or hell, maybe he’s aro ace just like his “Please do nothing to the cook” apron implied.
My point is, yeah, there’s definitely basis for Bumbleby to happen. But there’s basis for just about any ship in the entire fandom. I don’t think it would be some unforgivable sin if Blake and Yang don’t get together.
This entire ship war is stupid, honestly.