Long before I became obsessed with superheroes, before I read any comics, before I watched any superhero shows, before I’d even seen half of the superhero movies out at the time; I walked into the room while my parents were watching season one of Flash. I don’t remember what episode it was, but Caitlin was captured and begging Barry not to run headfirst into a trap by saving her and he went to save her anyways. I had no context to go on, didn’t know who the characters were or even know what show it was, but neither of those were my first question, instead I asked if those two were a couple. This was two years ago and I didn’t even start to be interested in anything DC until last fall, didn’t start watching Flash till last March, didn’t get obsessed enough to read comics or search for background information till May. Yet I have shipped them since that very first moment, when my 100% unbiased mind saw two people desperate to keep eachother safe and immediately thought there was no other possibility than that they were in love.
Because of how I started shipping Snowbarry it pains me when people say that it’s ‘Racist’ or anti-Iris to ship them. I didn’t even know who any of the characters were, I hadn’t even see Iris yet, I didn’t know that Barry and Iris are canonicaly a couple. Even after starting to watch the show for the first few months I didn’t know that Iris is white in the comics, or that there was any contention surrounding her casting. I absolutely love Iris as a character and am perfectly alright with Westallen being the direction that the show is going. I have no problem with her casting, in fact she is probably one of my favorite actresses as a result of this role.
Yes I still ship Snowbarry. I’m not trying to devalue the amazing canon relationships, nor trying to diminsish the presence of Barry and Iris’ romance or the heartbreak and PTSD that Caitlin must be going through with how many times she lost Ronnie and then the whole ordeal with Zoom. It’s not out of spite or dislike of what is canon, but because not even family usualy try to protect eachother as much as Caitlin and Barry do in that first scene I saw of them, and my heart and mind came to the conclusion that there was no other possible explanation than love.