to all the yoi fans that ship something BESIDES viktuuri,
SPECIFICALLY WITH YURI PLISETSKY,
you are not a pedophile. you are not disgusting. you are not ruining the fandom. you are not “only here for the yaoi !!!”.
Ships are ships. You can ship whatever you want. You can EVEN ship things that you may not condone in real life.
I’m getting sick of the elitism that’s developing among members of the yoi fandom. We are blessed to have a healthy, stable, romantic, and canon homosexual pairing in an anime. I do wholeheartedly ship viktuuri.
I also ship otayuri, and that’s terrifying in this fandom.
Many shippers and fans seem to have developed this complex that viktuuri can be the only healthy, allowed, happy pairing in the fandom, and if you stray to another, you’re “only interested in yaoi, you only care about sex, you don’t really support us!!!”. And that’s not only illogical and petty, but very upsetting. I find it to be very similar to bullying.
The character yuri plisetsky is sixteen years old, and otabek altin is eighteen. This is not pedophilia; this age difference is not statutory rape. This age difference is not uncommon in relationships. This does not make Otabek a pedophile or a rapist (it doesn’t take common sense to figure that out).
What I’ve given is only one example, and it IS right to stop and analyze ships for toxicity. Shipping a child, wait - LET ME JUST SAY, pedophilia is an attraction to prepubescent children, 12 and under. Ephebophilia is the attraction to late adolescents, 16-19. There, if you can’t seem to understand, is a huge fucking difference. I am not condoning either; I do, most definitely, condemn pedophilia. Shipping a child with an adult is abhorrent and can never, under any circumstances, be healthy.
Yuri Plisetsky is not a child. Besides Minami, from what I understand of their ages, all characters are capable of consenting to a romantic relationship. So, stop going into the tags of the characters and ships that aren’t involved in the oh holy, oh righteous, oh perfect, harmonious, blessed by our lord Viktuuri and making those who still do what, guess what, pretty much everyone in every fandom does - having fun. Let us enjoy what we damn well please. Thank you.
tl;dr - quit shaming ships in the yoi fandom that aren’t viktuuri, and stop bullying people with other ships.