So, I wanted to create an appreciation post for the ships that are scorned and receive hate.
For the ships that are treated with homophobia, and are belittled for no other reason than for being between two people of the same gender. The ships whose beautiful emotional developments are ignored, and instead stereotyped into false pictures of “lustful yaoi pairings,” which they are most certainly not.
For the ships that are overshadowed and ignored due to their more popular competition:
For the ships who, conversely, are “too popular,” or have “taken over the whole fandom.”
For the ships who are sent hate for ‘queer-baiting’ in spite of their beautiful, long-developed bond:
For the ships that are considered ‘abusive’ or ‘wrong’ because the characters have problems (and work them out, in DirkJake’s case!):
And the ships between two characters who are “clearly straight,”
(Yes, I have actually seen this argument used against Kagehina XD)
Because every pairing, no matter how minute, mainstream, or controversial, deserves respect. It’s okay if you don’t ship it. Hell, I don’t ship all of the pairings in this post. However, that gives you no excuse to behave with hostility towards the people who do.
(I will likely continue making edits to this post. I didn’t include every ship that has ever received hate, of course, and I may have mis-categorized a few of them. I understand that not everyone will like these ships for a variety of reasons, but I would appreciate it if everyone avoided any shiphate :)