What are your thoughts on the common fan practice of pitying any two or more characters of entertainment franchise in a relationship? Me personally, I view “shipping” as a mostly harmless past time. If that is what keeps you entertained, then go with it. I will not oppose you in any shape or form. However, I do have some problems with the “shipping” subculture in fandoms: 1.Entitlement among the vocal minorities: Don’t get me wrong, the overwhelming majority of fans are not maliciously entitled. However, I’ve heard quite a number of horror stories surrounding toxic “shippers”. There are about two specific cases that pop up in my mind. One is the Voltron voice actors that got death threats over the show not canonizing a particular ship. The other one is a Steven Universe storyboard artist that had to delete their Twitter account, as they were cyber bullied mercilessly over refusing to support a popular ship at the time. 2.Morally questionable or reprehensible ships: I’ve seen a number of fans push for incestious and pedophilic/ephebophilic relationship (ie, MCU Tony Stark and Peter Parker, Frozen Anna and Elsa, etc.). To me, it’s really downplaying the evils of pedophilia and other forms of sexually predatory behavior. 3.The inability to understand platonic relationship: It seems to me that fans like to pit any two characters with an even remotely affable association into a relationship. In my point of view, these fans really can’t comprehend what platonic friendships are. Not every relationship has to be romantic in nature. Feel free to disagree with me, and I appreciate any input on this subject.