If people don’t like or ship Iris and Barry together, that’s fine! Really. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Some may find it predictable, or like it’s been done before, and that’s fine. But if you don’t like them, for whatever reason, be honest! Don’t try and make up reasons that falsely bend the narrative, and don’t use words like, ‘abuse’ which you obviously have no idea about, if you’re using that term so loosely, because you’d rather another ship over them.
Westallen is not, and has never been abusive. What it is, is a ship, that compared to other shows, is very healthy. It’s two people that love and respect, and will always protect each other. It’s also doing something that others shows have failed to do. It’s giving us a healthy interracial relationship, with a black woman, that’s also the lead of the show. That never happens. There are plenty of other shows that consist of a white male lead, with a white female love interest. The Flash is not that!
It’s concerning that we finally have real representation, something that I have been longing for because it’s reflective of real life, and people are labelling it as abusive, when actual abusive ships are ignored, but both male and female are white, so it’s seen as ‘love’.
I see no one calling it abuse that a certain female is being kidnapped, against her will, again. In fact, some are viewing that as, ‘cute.’ But a white man, trying to ask out the black woman that he has loved for years, and that he wants to start fresh with, is ‘abusive.’
If you prefer another ship, fine, but don’t use words that have a detrimental affect, like ‘abuse’ because you rather the white male lead is with another white woman, that he doesn’t even consider more than a friend. Be honest, say you find them boring, say that you rather he be with someone else, in fact, at least have the guts to say that you want him with a white woman, but don’t make up a false narrative when nothing on the show has ever suggested that Westallen is abusive.
I find it concerning that people also label Barry as a stalker, and abusive, yet want him to be with their favourite! If a character was a stalker, or abusive, then never would I want them near my favourite! Please use better terminology, because it’s sickening to have words like that associated with a beautiful, healthy, interracial ship that is based on true love and friendship!