PSA for all actors/actresses whose characters are shipped in popular same-sex couples
Do you know what doesn’t happen if you support the same-sex ship for your character? I’ll tell you what: if the ship doesn’t sail, you don’t get blamed for it. Look at Bering & Wells. Were fans angry it never happened? Sure! Were they angry with Jaime Murray and Jo Kelly? No. If anything, fans thought even more of them for having the guts to go where Syfy was too chicken shit to.
And you know what else doesn’t happen? No ones assumes an actor is gay just because they’re supportive of their character’s gay ship. Did anyone speculate that Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor might be queer because they understood the love in Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship? No, they didn’t. Nor is anyone whispering about Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker’s secret sapphic leanings.
What people do assume if you’re supporive of your character’s gay ship is that you’re a decent human being whose sexual orientation is your own business. And why wouldn’t you want people assuming that about you?
Just a little something to think about for people on certain other shows I won’t mention.