I'm worried that Dave and Karkat won't really end up being canon in the end or end up as an ot3 thing, which seems horrible to me. Why do you think they've been so cagey about confirming it? If they were worried about pissing off The Straights I don't think they would have made Roxy/Callie a thing. Considering WLF has advertised Official Davekat Merch I'm starting to feel like they're yanking our chains and maybe I should just move on. I'm so tired and losing hope.
you know i never fucking thought id say this but i am less worried about how andrew hussie did/would potentially handle davekat (considering he gave us the gayest falling-in-love sequence ive ever seen and of course canonized the ship in the first place) than i am about coh*n ed*nfi*ld, even though he vowed to make his writing “ more qu**r”… considering he thinks jade is a part of dave and karkats romantic relationship and quickly backpedaled when people pointed out it was fucked up
heres what my angle is: i have no investment in davekat as a “ship” at all. its not interesting to me. ive written about issues i have with the way their relationship was developed in hs canon before. this isnt me getting salty over a notp or lack of confirmation because im sad my otp didnt get together.
what i AM invested in is the clear, explicit depiction of a healthy romantic relationship between men exclusively. what i AM invested in is seeing a bisexual character who struggles with his identity and compulsory heterosexuality and coming out of the closet end up with a man, in a world that overwhelmingly favors for bisexuals to bury their same-gender attraction entirely. what i AM invested in is seeing a female character who can form intimate, emotionally close friendships with boys without having heterosexuality imposed on her. what i AM invested in is seeing a pair of characters for whom polyamory was established as being uncomfortable and invasive have those feelings respected.
re: pissing off the straights, in particular straight men. its important to remember that straight dudes love rosemary. i have never in my LIFE seen discourse over rosemary; even johnrose shippers quietly moved on around 4 years ago.
but straight dudes have emotional investment in daves sexuality because dave was introduced as another straight dude, while they never had that particular connection to rose - shes a girl and therefore incapable of being a straight dude. so when she turned out to be bi or gay, it generally wasnt a big deal. but when dave - a guy who likes girls! one of us, they thought! - starts tearing down his wannabe-hypermasculine hetero-dude persona, criticizing these aspects of himself that straight dudes liked, and reveals that hes not really a straight dude at all… straight dudes feel betrayed. like theyve had something taken away from them.
callioxy is basically the same thing. straight boys are mad at callioxy, but theyre not mad that roxy likes girls. theyre mad that shes not with john - john egbert, “not a homosexual”, the last bastion of sacred heteromasculinity in a narrative that has established it as a destructive force of evil. the straight boy hero is supposed to get a girlfriend at the end! he has to be rewarded for his heroism with a prize i mean a lovely girlfriend! but the girl who was supposed to be his prize is very happy with another girl and hasnt been shown even interacting with a dude since before the credits.
john doesnt get a girlfriend, and the other two major male characters are confirmed gay/bi, so daves perceived heterosexuality is the last fucking thing they have to cling to. even if hes not straight, he could be dating a girl, and thats the next best thing. and some folks arent even satisfied with that, they arent satisfied until hes not dating a boy at all. consider how many “at least davekat still isnt canon” comments pop up on straightboy-dominated homestuck communities with every fucking snapd8.
wp and wlf want lgbt peoples money, which is why they sell the merch. im hesitant to call it queerbaiting, since… homestuck literally had an onscreen lesbian wedding. i cant fault it there. but it is an evolved, cleverer type of queerbaiting - where they can draw the money and attention of mlm without angering straightboys by actually showing mlm. i hope this isnt coming off as me saying theres some kind of privilege in wlw representation or something - straight dudes are okay with fictional wlw because they fetishize them - but it is almost certainly the reason for the uncertainty and discourse around davekat i think