|Why I personally hate shipping....
||[Oct. 16th, 2004|10:34 pm]
Teen Titan Anti-Shippers Unite
This is inspired by a post at another board asking what couples you support and why.|
Why do I hate shipping?
Had you asked me this prior to the first Teen Titans episodes, I would have said that I don't hate shipping. I just don't like when that's all there is to a story.
Since the Teen Titans cartoon has come along, I've developed an extreme hatred for shipping.
First of all, so much of the shipping is based on so little. Yes, there is evidence for Starfire/Robin. In fact, Starfire/Robin was established back in the comic book. However, even in the current comic book, it's not happening. DC Comics decided this, and Dick Grayson has gone on to have other girlfriends, while Starfire has been married and widowed twice. Beyond that, there is nothing that can be considered evidence for romance any more than it can be for the family dynamic. One character helps another to stand. It must be love. Don't you help your brother/sister stand when they've fallen? One character touches another's shoulder. Don't you touch your relatives on the shoulder? One character hugs another - they are the OTP. But then, don't you hug your relatives? I have never seen so many lists that go out of their way to list exact scenes and tidbits that "support" their couple.
Second, I have never had so many discussions interrupted by shipping. It may start as a simple discussion of an episode. Five posts into the thread, people are spouting their evidence and boom, the thread is turned into a shipper's paradise and those of us trying to have a discussion have to start a new thread, worried that it will also be hijacked.
Third, a character doesn't even need to appear for people to instantly begin shipping. Word came out that Bumblebee would be appearing in the toon. Within a week of the announcement, people were shipping Bumblebee and Cyborg simply because they are the same race.
Fourth, the way shippers react when someone comes up to them with an alternate pairing is ludicrous. The way most shippers pick their proof, ANY characters can be turned into a couple with proof. Slade/Robin makes just as much sense as any other couple being presented. So does Gizmo/Cyborg. Cinderblock, Overload, and Plasmus were merged into one being - they must really share some deep love. For that matter, in one comic book Starfire kissed Colossus from the Xmen. Not just a peck on the cheek, but a full blown deep kiss (she decided to use her language absorbtion ability to absorb Russian). Later in the same comic, he held her really close (to anchor her while she used her starbolts at full blast to move something). Those two tidbits, using the methods presented before, are supreme proof that Colossus and Starfire can be a OTP. It's just as much proof as many other couples are given.
These are probably the biggest reasons why I hate shipping. There are other reasons, but those aren't as important as these four.
EDIT: I tried to post this to the board where the person posted, but the person has the board set on "friends only." IOW, you can't post if you're not on her list. Not going to get too many people if that's the way you're going to handle your board.