**DISCLAIMER: I will be speaking about OQ in general terms but please note that I do not mean “ALL” Outlaw Queen shippers. If this post does not apply to you, take no offense to it. If you feel offended by it, my mama always told me “a hit dog will holler” and “if the shoe fits…”**
So, I’m in an anxiety ridden mood and I’ve been passive aggressively sitting on my thoughts/feelings about this issue for a while and I’m at a point now where I just HAVE to say something:
Outlaw Queen shippers don’t give two flying fucks about Regina.
We have become almost as bad as Captain Swan shippers with our obsession over Robin/Sean. Lana has become our pretty prop, much like JMo did in the end for CS.
Robin has been dead for nearly two seasons and we’re still trying to get him back, refusing to watch because he’s gone…as if Outlaw Queen was solely about Robin.
I get being mad about how the writers screwed us over. Hell, I’m the same girl who was/is/will probably forever be bitter about Mark Sloan being killed off in Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy, which is now in its 14th season.
I was a SUPER hard Addison/Sam shipper on Private Practice. I felt like Shonda screwed Addison and Sam over . When Jake came into the picture, I didn’t like him but y'know what happened? I realized that Jake made Addison happy and being an Addison fan, I was all for her finding happiness even if it wasn’t with who I wanted.
When the new characters were announced, 3 of which were WOC, I saw a LOT of Outlaw Queen shippers bitching in Adam’s twitter mentions about how “we don’t care about these new people because it’s not Robin/Sean”
I’m sorry but no, matter of fact HELL NO.
It’s upsetting to me that OQ shippers don’t wanna see Regina happy because she’s not with Robin.
If you think Regina’s happiness can only be found in Robin then a) you don’t respect Regina’s autonomy, and b) you CLEARLY missed what Regina stated her happiness to be in 4x20:
“My ending isn’t with Robin. My happy ending is finally feeling at home in the world…Robin is just part of that world,”
And he was part of that world and unfortunately, that world was turned upside down and Robin is sadly no longer part of it.
Just because Robin died doesn’t mean Regina’s whole world stops.
If you claim to love Outlaw Queen, you would know and respect that Robin would want Regina to be happy, and he wouldn’t want her doing that alone. In fact, I’m pretty sure Robin would say something very similar to Daniel,
I won’t even begin to touch on the grossness that was/is reversing Regina’s infertility curse/wishing that baby Peanut was dead while actively harassing people who learned to love baby Peanut, being mad about the Marian/Zelena thing because it stood in the way of an OQ baby.
I am sad about the way OQ played out on screen, but I didn’t start watching this show solely for Robin/Sean, I was here for Regina first and foremost and if you claim to love Regina like you say, her happiness shouldn’t be determined on whether or not she ends up with Robin.
I would address how it makes me feel as a WOC OQ fan to see y'all defending, protecting, and demanding Sean come back to the show but from what I’ve seen, dead ass silent about the way that Regina/Roni could and has been seen as a stereotypical Latina caricature by many WOC, some of whom are OQ fans. In fact, some of y'all LOVE that shit where Regina is all curly haired and wearing jeans and whatnot; you’re probably working on fics where Roni is sassy and probably has an accent and she meets Robin the bar…
How many of you have actually bothered to read through posts about the concerns from POC fans in terms of the treatment of the new WOC? How many of we’re upset that someone literally erased Gabrielle Anwar and replaced her with JMo for a manip? The bigger question is do y'all care that we’re getting 3 new WOC?
My guess would be no, since a lot of y'all dismissed them while you were begging for Robin/Sean to come back…
It’s gross and bordering on racist; it’s privileged at the very least. So that being said, I’m done actively shipping OQ in canon, because my fellow/former shipmates don’t give a damn about Regina. She’s just a pretty prop so that y'all can write cute domestic fanfics where Robin has his beautiful wife and they have their beautiful little naturally convinced princess…possibly with Henry and Roland (who is more than likely Regina’s bio son) as supporting/background characters.