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Serious Slash by StrangeWeirdo Serious Slash by StrangeWeirdo
Okay, I felt this stamp wouldn't be out of place. You may wonder what I mean by this, and it is simple. It's about those people who actually care about which fictional character fucks which fictional character.

Alright, I enjoy male slash. No secret. I have a lot of pairings I enjoy because I think their personalities work or even just because they look aesthetically pleasing together. I go to some communities to read fanfiction or see fanart of my favourite pairings. Sometimes, rarely, I might even contribute. Countless others do this. I don't see any problem.

What I do see a problem with are the people who seem to think pairings are something anyone should treat seriously.

There are two kinds. You have the people who ship some random couple and will fight to the death for it, flame people who like other pairings, draw other characters getting mauled because there's another popular pairing involving one side of their OTP and said character, etc. Those are annoying enough.

Then you have the people who somehow feel that a drawing of two male characters kissing has RUINED THE SHOW FOR THEM and the artist should GET A KNIFE SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROAT because they made their favourite characters into FAGGOOOOOTS. These are more annoying, and I don't think I'll ever understand them. Why would your enjoyment of a show be hindered by someone's silly picture ?_? is it really worth saying things like 'please, just no' or that this kind of thing makes you 'lose faith in humanity'? Aren't you taking this a little too seriously? It's about the relationships of people who don't exist.

I've seen fanfictions of shows like Will&Grace where Will or Jack were paired with girls. I think it's an alright show. Despite having seen that these stories exist, I didn't write a flame to the author. I didn't stop watching the show or cry while slowly cutting myself because you have to have a completely warped perception of importance to give half a damn about this kind of thing. I just didn't read the story.

I personally like House/Wilson, for instance. It's not canon, even though some writers like the pairing. Plenty of people like House/Cuddy or other kinds of slash pairings. There are about as many retards in any fandom of House (there was a big fight between House/Cameron and House/Wilson at some point and it was all very silly) and I think this seriously impairs everyone's enjoyment of their respective pairing.

So, tl;dr: If you enjoy your pairings in peace and quiet and let others do the same we'll all be much happier in our respective fluffy, lovely silliness.
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ChaoticDarkAngel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Writer
I can't tell you how annoyed I get when people say for example 'Naruto and Sasuke do not love each other, stop pairing them together!!!' I admit this isn't one of my favorite yaoi couples around but good god I don't tell people to stop shipping NaruSasu because shippers are gonna ship what they want to ship haters have to understand that. I don't get why people get 'depressed' or lose interest in a show because of the fandom that's so stupid. Why quit liking a show that they love because of some fans pairings? Makes no sense to me.
RayKling Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you. Finally someone who gets it. I mean I can understand not liking it when the picture is really graphic, but I would feel that way about any pairing slash or not. The thing that bugs me is when they freak out and are screaming "THOSE CHARACTERS AREN'T GAY!!!!" even though the characters are never given a canon sexuality they just assume their straight because they "don't act gay." Even when the character is obviously straight does it really matter? It's just a drawing/story. It's not like it will make a difference to the series. I honestly don't care who people like together. It can be the crackiest pairing ever and I just wouldn't care. Pairings don't have to be cannon or make sense it's all just for fun.
NatariSaru Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree! People should calm the hell about slash and just have fun. I like both Canon and Non-Canon equally, so I don't see why people cry over this. Most of the time, the creator doesn't give a crap what the fans do, just as long as someone has fun with the characters. A few artists I know even created doujinshi based on their actual series with many of their characters in unofficial pairings, so why does it matter?
zombies-lost-my-keys Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Personally, I support very few pairings, most of which are canon. However, I don't see the point in getting so up tight about something that's fictional, plus they aren't even said persons characters in the first place and if the actual creators are fine with it then why shouldn't they pair them up with this character or that character? I used to get so asshurt over slash, thank god I changed, OOC still irks me a bit, but not much.
StrangeWeirdo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, it's just an unecessary hassle :v
Juggolette Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I completely agree. i just dont see a point of taking it so seriously when its never gonna happen in the first place.
HalfpastDamned Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist
I must agree. I myself go by a strict 'make love not war' policy when it comes to shipping. It always makes me laugh when someone flips out on me for this pairing or that.

And besides, isn't one of the points about slash pairings is that even though it may not be generally accepted by other fans, you can still enjoy it for it's own sake? It seems highly hypocritcal to try and condemn someone for essentially doing the same thing as you.
KawaiiSpy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
lol, TF2 fandom...nutshell. Er, one half of it at least.

People need to stop acting like if somebody dares pair up a character with another character that breaks your OTP, it's the end of the frickin' world. Or claim its more canon than others (or canon at all in some cases) when it's not. :D
Suerte23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Writer
I completely agree. I can't stand seeing people who say that it's disrespectful to the creator to ship anything but the canon or to play around with a character's sexuality. Shipping is all in good fun. It's not srs business. D:
Pan-Boleyn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
I would use this stamp if I knew how to use stamps. Ships are fun, and I simply don't read the ones I absolutely hate. Those I just don't ship - and even some I usually dislike - I'll give a shot for the sake of a good story. But why would anyone want to waste their time getting angry because someone ships something else?

They say never talk about politics or religion. In fandom, sadly, never talk about shipping (unless you all ship the same) seems to be a rule too.
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