so how damaging do u think it would be if Victuri did not become canon? I feel like people would seriously start boycotting these baiting shows or just wouldn't take them seriously anymore. I think because yuuri on ice!!! has such a HEAVY amount of homoerotic subtext and if nothing happens this will be a true eye opener of how badly we are getting mocked.
It would literally just be the biggest ‘fuck you’ to anyone who supported/shipped it/actual LGBT+ people, like, ‘Oh, you thought you could get some representation for once? Not from us! Fooled you for the nth time!’
I really, really do not think this will happen. But it could, because it has happened every. Time. Before. So it’s not just like our concerns are illegitimate, or that the show has been set up as so spectacularly gay that it can’t possibly be anything else – it can, and it has done before, even if not to the same level, and it can be again. Don’t underestimate how much a producer will twist something or create a false promise of an idea to draw in viewers. They are still a commercial enterprise, at the end of the day.
But again: I don’t think this will happen. How bad do you think the critical response would be in the fallout of the show if nothing came of anything? If, say, Viktor just turns up with his girlfriend that he’s been betrothed to since he was 10 or some stupid heteronormative shit like that. Their ratings would bomb; they would lose so much support from fans; the chances of high audience figures in any subsequent shows would be critically damaged.
It has been set up as so astronomically gay – only by the third episode – that even to write off any gay context now is to have a pretty commercially damaging effect on the producers themselves already. They have, in other words, set themselves up to fail if they don’t pull through with the erotically/romantically gay subtext that has so far been put in place.
It seems, to me, incredibly stupid that they could do anything but have a gay relationship between Yuuri and Viktor now. Like, why even fucking bother to build up this dynamic between them if you’re not going to act on it? What’s the fucking point of it anymore? Why go to that much effort implicitly and explicitly defining their dynamic if nothing happens? It literally doesn’t make sense.
So yeah. It would be… Like. They would just bomb so hard if they didn’t pull through. Which means, basically, we’re going to be getting the gay, but it’s just a case of when. I just hope so much that they don’t draw it out until the final episode just to give us a kiss or anything. I don’t want that to be the climax of the series; can’t we have a consistently positive same-sex relationship that starts early and grows, comfortably and self-aware, throughout the whole show? We’ll see.