In light of all the “hate” that commanderlexa is getting, I needed to be vocal as well because not only do I experience it on Tumblr, I experience homophobia in my very own home. (My sister does not support Clarklexa at all and said EWWW when I told her about the kiss)
Now, there are
two three types of Bellarke shippers.
- Who ship Bellarke but don’t ship Clarklexa.
- Who ship Bellarke and shit on Clarklexa.
- Who ship Bellarke and Clarklexa (thanks to rcvenreyes for alerting me to this category.
I belong in it and I didn’t even think of adding it.)
Do you see the difference? The first is respectful of Clarklexa. They accept that such a ship may occur. The second is disrespectful and are intent on seeing Clarklexa eradicated. They are unwilling to accept that Clarklexa will ever happen and exhibit homophobic behaviour, starting with the extremely cliched “I am not homophobic but…”.
What the second kind of Bellarke shippers don’t realise when they fight tooth and nail for the ship (to the point of being homophobic) is that it is very hurtful especially to those of us who are lesbian or bisexual. We don’t even have enough LGBTQ+ representation on television as it is. One of the most popular shows at the moment is portraying a lesbian/bisexual character&relationship and instead of celebrating such an achievement, Bellarke shippers seek to tear it down in favour of a heterosexual relationship.
You don’t have to ship Clarklexa but you don’t have to be rude about it either. Not shipping something doesn’t make you a homophobe or homophobic. Being rude, mean or even condescending about the ship is. Tweeting “bellarke is endgame” the day of a beautiful kiss between two consenting people is.
What extremist Bellarke shippers need to realise is that while Bellarke is a legitimate ship (which I ship with half my heart because the other half is for Clarklexa), it is not a canon ship. The writers and Jason Rothenberg himself has not outright said that Bellarke is canon. Yes, support Bellarke. Tweet the writers about supporting Bellarke but for fuck sake, DO NOT TEAR DOWN CLARKLEXA BY TELLING PEOPLE TO TWEET “BELLARKE IS ENDGAME”.
DO NOT APPROACH CLARKLEXA SUPPORTERS WHO ARE FUCKING TIRED OF BELLARKE SHIPPERS SHITTING ON CLARKLEXA AND BEING HOMOPHOBIC AND TELL THEM THAT THEY SHOULD CALM DOWN AND NOT WATCH THE SHOW AND ALL THAT OR INSINUATE THAT WE’RE BEING RUDE. WE WILL CALM DOWN WHEN YOU CALM DOWN AND STOP BEING ASSHOLES.
Here’s a little guide on how to support Bellarke:
- Write fics
- Read fics
- Create edits
- Create playlists
- Create headcanons
Here’s a guide on how NOT to support Bellarke:
- Shit on Clarklexa
- Tweet the writers that you’re unhappy with Clarklexa because Bellarke should be endgame.
- Tweet/Blog about how much you hate Clarklexa because Bellarke should be real.
- Shit on bloggers/people who support Clarklexa
- Blog about how Clarklexa is not real but Bellarke is.