Because showing up and saying that to queer ships, to ships where a WOC is involved (looking right at all the fucked up shit that is said about Ichabbie) is ridiculous. There is a HUGE lack of representation for these ships and you have no right to shit on them when most of…
I’m sure complaints about shipping occur for awful reasons all the time, so I’m not necessarily disagreeing with all of what is being said here, but most of the criticism of queer shipping that I see on my dash comes from the notion that every single male (generally male, yes) friendship in television and movies is secretly a gay romance. The complaint is not that white and / or heterosexual romance would be preferable, it’s that the ship cart appears before the character horse.
I’m no shipper, but from my perspective, fanfic and shipping culture would most logically spring from love for a set of characters, and the relationships of those characters. If gay ships are simply a blanket that one drapes over every character simply because they enjoy that type of ship, that strikes me as artificial, because it no longer matters if the viewer sees anything in the characters at all.
But again, that’s what I’m seeing. You, of course, may be seeing something entirely different. Mainly, I take issue with the implication that “Why can’t they just be friends” is NEVER a valid complaint.