Soooo I don’t really know what I’m doing here but these thoughts have been rolling around in my brain for the longest time and I need a place to let them fly free.
Why is it still considered a “creepy” and “invasive” thing to ship celebrities together?
I mean, I sort of get it. When you think of the word ship, you immediately get war flashbacks to twitter wars and hateful anonymous asks sent to you for not supporting the same ship as one other person and the crazed fangirls/fanboys who become full fledged obsessed. Like, I get that aspect.
But aren’t we forgetting where ‘ship’ even comes from? It’s just a shortened version of relationship. When I think of ship, my first thought is “This means I appreciate/admire/respect the relationship between these two people. It means I support it.”
I creep a lot on the Sprousehart and Lilicole tags for my roleplaying page, and I’ve seen so much. I’ve seen the mild shippers who express an interest in these two as a pairing but can’t really be bothered to see past Bughead. I’ve seen moderate shippers who get excited about “breadcrumbs” but seem to leave it at that, and I’ve seen extreme shippers who dissect every little tweet and Insta like (I have a soft spot for you guys. I’m analytical trash and think there’s a meaning behind everything). And mostly everybody stays in their own zone and respects each others opinion and it’s just like, a super chill and happy tag where we gush about Lili, Cole, and their adorable chemistry on and off screen.
And then you come across blogs who act as if the idea of Sprousehart getting together would be great but don’t understand why people wish for it to happen/talk about it happening.
Have you never had a pair of friends before and noticed the sparks flying between them before they did? Real talk, my cousin and her husband were slow burn for YEARS. It was obvious how in love with her he was and she was so oblivious to it. I stood back and watched and you bet your ass I was the first one clapping when they finally announced they were dating. I supported them. I appreciated what they did for each other. I admired the love between them and watching it grow.
I shipped them. Does that make me creepy? If you wanna say that, sure, but it’s literally just another word for saying I was rooting for my two of my favorite people to be happy.
Let’s get rid of this taboo thing that shipping implicates that we don’t understand they’re real people. I get it. They’re individuals. They have their own things going on, their own history, their own friendships with other people. They’re not a brand and they’re not conjoined twins. When Cole does amazing stuff with his photography, we shouldn’t bombard him with “omg you’re shooting another girl this must mean you don’t appreciate lili anymore”. When Lili hangs out with male friends or gets another project with another love interest, don’t spam her with “you’re cheating on cole!!/you must like this person more”. Obviously not. Have common sense. What I’ve seen from most of this fandom is that a good majority of Sprousehart shippers get that. There’s crazies in every family, though. (Also, some tweenagers should NOT be allowed social media privileges.)
I love Lili. I love Cole. As separate people. I love Lili’s goofy sense of humor, and her ‘no fucks given’ attitude. I love Cole’s intelligence and compassion towards total strangers. I love them together. Heart eyes galore, teasing banter, complete respect is my couple goals aesthetic and they give it to me in spades.
So yeah. I fucking ship Sprousehart because I respect/admire/appreciate how good these two seem to be together. Whether that ends up being just completely shipping their friendship, or shipping them as a couple if they ever go public, I just support the two of them wholly. In every aspect.
I guess that makes me a creepy motherfucker.
I’m really glad I wrote this lengthy ramble instead of getting dressed. I spend my days productively.