okay so im not spell checking this or anything so theres probably gonna be typos n shit so sorry
also this is gonna be a rant on shipping so if that makes you uncomfortable then keep scrolling
a long ass time ago i was into gamegrumps, and the shipping culture in that fandom was enormous. the gamegrumps themselves were aware of it and didnt mind it. 12 year old me was all like “okay then shipping them is okay” and it WAS. theres a difference between shipping irl people with their consent and shipping them without consent. idk much about the gamegrumps fandom anymore, cause its been a long ass time since ive watched their stuff, so if theyve since come out saying it makes them uncomfortabl, then im sorry. 4 or so years ago, shipping them was common place and it wasnt toxic because it never made danny or arin feel weird (to my knowledge).
i never really got too into markiplier or jacksepticeye, so i didnt see the dumpster fire that was septiplier. the only experience i had with irl shipping was positive, and i never had creators calling out their fans for stuff like this.
as i moved from gamegrumps to supermega, the same attitude was held about shipping due to their massive audience overlap. i saw shit shipping them all the time and i dont remember matt or ryan saying to stop, so i didnt really. once again, the fandom only encouraged people to keep going, so it did.
next major irl fandom i was in was misfits, or gaybabygang (gbg). shipping was not that uncommon, but it wasn’t really that popular. at this point i had the belief that shipping was okay, because it had always been okay for me to do that in the past. switz was a big one tbh (but not anymore, im aware of the fact that both swagger and fitz dont want to be shipped with eachother). the enviroment for shipping was still there, and so i still did it.
i watched carson before smplive became a thing. many newer smpl fans probably dont know that carson and raccooneggs were shipped alot too. its something thats been lost to time and mostly due to the fact that they almost never interact anymore.
smplive became a thing, and at first the fandom was tiny. it did things that would now be frowned down upon, like shipping. however, this fandom has been different than any other irl fandom ive been in. unlike 5 or so years ago, youtubers can now come out to their fans and tell them that what theyre doing is wrong, and that is amazing. if smplive was a thing 5 years ago, cooper or schlatt or any of them would probably not say anything, not because they were okay with it, but because they most likely would feel like their efforts to stop the shippibg wouldve been wasted.
my point is, ive grown. if you look far enough back on my blog, youll see that, and im not gonna delete my past because i want people to be aware of how ive changed as a person. there were other, smaller irl fandoms i was apart of, and because no one told me not to, i would ship them. with smplive, ive learned to not fucking do that. but its not that easy, because ive always been told what i was doing was fine and okay, and now people were calling me disgusting for shipping??
im gonna be honest, the aggressive anti shipping was not the thing that persuaded me to stop what i was doing. people yelling at you online doesn’t change your opinion, rather it only makes you stay in your little corner of the internet, surrounded by people who agree with you, people who condone your behavior and tell you its all okay. i recommend reminding people that they shouldnt ship the smpl boys cause THEY dont want to be shipped, not cause YOU dont want people to ship them.
i dont ship any irl person that doesnt want to be shipped. carson mentioned on his stream about how when people ship him with kate, or pokimane with fitz, its because they play up the romance on stream, whether the romance is there or not at all. ive been online and in fandoms of irl people (all youtubers) for about 5 years now. ive changed. and i think that if i want other people to change, i shouldnt be aggressive in my methods, because being aggressive wasnt what convinced me.
i also want to be clear: if you scroll back and see everything ive posted on this blog (because ive never changed blogs, it evolved with every fandom i joined) youll see things that id probably get “cancelled” on here for. i just want it to be known that i dont condone alot of shipping i used to be active in. if any of the people ive shipped in the past have now said they dont wanna be shipped, then thats on me.
there are people who don’t mind being shipped, that should be known. but i dont ship any smpl members. i want to make that clear.
thanks for reading this far