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I’m all caught up now and thank you @cmhoughton for speaking up on that forum. Love your posts and as we have been saying here for months, it all comes down to respecting Sam and Cait as people. Shipping them and doing so as aggressively as the Tinhat-Shippers do is something everyone in the fandom should be aware of. If so many people didn’t have a moral problem with the very act of shipping real people or if what the shippers in this fandom were rational, what do they have to fear? Why are they so defensive?
The only thing I can come up with is that they know deep down that what they are doing is wrong, but the SamCait drug and the community they have formed with one another is too strong a pull to break away from or speak against.
Either way, thank you. And I am very glad I finally went over and read the forum. I need to go over their more.
I honestly don’t understand their behavior @cinjudes especially after it was clear to anyone who isn’t into “conspiracy theories” that Sam and Cait didn’t spend Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day together for the past three years. Add that to Sam and Cait’s denial of couplehood and super-shippers have no leg to stand on. I agree with you @cinjudes that the pull of the shipper community and whatever s-shippers get from SamCait is part of what keeps them going. But they are incredibly tenacious in their belief in the ship given all the evidence against it.
As you know, I’m the one person in the fandom who refuses to look at fan behavior from a “deeper” perspective. I try to stay on the surface, but sometimes even surface explanations can have some truth to them. For instance, I wonder how much of this is something as simple as s-shippers don’t want to be thought of by the larger fandom as having made the SamCait relationship up from their own wishes. Many s-shipper posts appear to largely be justifications for their belief that Sam and Cait are a couple.
Anonymous asked: ‘Oh god Q&A video, give me life! Cait is sooo enamoured with Sam, that’s obvious, the way she look at him don’t lie!“
Irish lass: “I KNOWWW HOW COULD ANYONE THINK SHE’S IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE??? ??? JUST LOOK AT HER FACE I’M SO EMOTIONAL”
Yeah, these super-shippers don’t get that when most of the fandom saw the same video they saw two actors who are good, fun, flirty friends, hamming it up to sell the show. Period. Putting your perceptions in capital letters doesn’t make them true.
Unfortunately, it’s a losing proposition for s-shippers because I firmly believe that Sam and Cait were telling the truth in the KDS video and they really aren’t a couple. However, the more other fans and even Sam and Cait point that out to s-shippers, the more they seem to dig in their heels and insist that what their “gut” and their “own eyes” tell them is true and that they are a couple. Sometimes it seems that most s-shippers will never stop until they are proven right–and since that won’t happen, basically, it appears that many will never stop shipping. That would be sad indeed if that were to happen.
NOTE: This is just my opinion as a fan, nothing more. If you disagree, please do so respectfully.