Hi guys! Before I begin again, I’m going to address another one of the big complaints (mostly from anon asks, this is a bulk answer for all of you) about my posting about more equality in the Klance fandom. The complaint being roughly: What does it matter that this ship has a favorite character and people focus on him? And sure, having a favorite character is fine. But having a favorite character and producing content that drags down another, when that other character is the other half of the ship? That’s a little more complicated. With this kind of mindset, you’re assuming that all of the fans in this fandom love Lance and that nobody cares how Keith is treated.
The thing is? I’ve gotten a lot of comments in my reblogs, asks, and message box from people that identify with Keith. Fans that have been forced to feel small whenever they see Keith being made small. Fans that have gone through struggles that they identify in Keith, who are then forced to watch as those struggles are pushed to the background, as though such struggles were unimportant. Fans that have stated that they are hurt by how he is portrayed.
It’s not a deep hurt for some fans, but for others it is.
And none of them deserve to have been hurt at all.
When you identify with a character, sometimes you grow deeply, emotionally attached to them. They become more than a fictional character, and into something that can help you through the day. You would be surprised at how seeing a post being kind to a favorite character can brighten up someone’s day. You would be surprised what people with disorders like depression or anxiety latch on to to help them not sink into a downward spiral.
Fiction is, for a lot of people, a release from the hardships they face throughout the day. Everyone should get a chance to see content that makes them happy.
So if you can’t manage to feel sympathy for this character, or a desire to view him as sympathetic, please. Please. At least have sympathy for the real life people fans in this fandom that do love Keith. I just feel like that’s more important than keeping to the status quo, so I’ll continue as long as I get asks. Please feel free to block me if I bother you.