Kein, you need to work on your reading comprehension. You're the one twisting words, albeit probably mostly unintentionally. I have nothing to justify, and least of all to you. I'm not a shipper, nor do I have these "weird interests" you talk about. If anything, you
do, because you're constantly seeking this stuff out if only so you can complain some more about it. You're the only person I ever hear about any
of this stuff from, so you must be pretty darn fascinated by it.
But assuming it is a language issue you're having, which I figure is the case here, I'll break it down in to more specific terms so there'll be less to misunderstand. When I say "shipping", I don't
mean explicit images or rule 34 or anything else of that nature. I really hope that's clear enough, as it'll be hard to simplify much further. There's an extremely broad range of fanart that can be categorized as having a romantic element, and explicit stuff is just the extreme end of the spectrum; a type you seem to have an odd fixation on, even though you'd be better off just ignoring it like the rest of us do. If I wanted to talk about explicit fanart, I'd actually use the word "explicit" or say "Rule 34" to avoid confusion. But my earlier post specifically said "light shipping fanart", so how you managed to translate that to "explicit" is beyond me.
But all I said was this: I assess a picture first and foremost by the artist's intent, which they usually make clear enough in the dA description or wherever; and by that
measure and that measure only you've posted a few shipping images in your time, even if you don't see them that way. I tend not to see them that way either, but that doesn't change what the artist wanted. It's not about the way you see them, or the way I see them. If you feel that's an accusation worthy of outrage, then by all means give yourself a stress headache raging about it. I shall recant nothing
. But it wasn't even an accusation on my part; merely an observation. I prefer the philosophy of "live and let live", and recognize shipping art (again, this doesn't mean porn) hurts nobody. But not even Rule 34 actually hurts anyone, so as long as nobody is sending it to me or forcing me to look at it, I couldn't care less what they're up to. I never said anything about your favourites on Ponibooru, so I'm not sure how you got started talking about that, but I couldn't care less if there were 1 or 1000 explicit images in there. Not only is it none of my business, but your favorites list is of no interest to me. Explicit images are blocked when I browse Ponibooru, anyway, so even if I had the time to hunt through them it would do me no good.
And yes, I've noticed you have no issues with throwing condemnations around left and right; nearly all baseless and rife with hypocrisy. You've been doing it since Day 1. But if you want to waste your time ineffectually judging people who don't care about your opinions for things nobody can stop or has any control over, by all means do so. The rest of us have better things to do with our time, so that kind of exercise in futility tends to rank rather low or not at all on the to-do list. But please do expect to be judged in return when you spout nonsense or make baseless accusations, which is about 95% of the time.
See, that's what I was talking about - you are just like those people that shout "OMG, THEY ARE LESBIANS AND LOVERS, THIS IS CANON!" every time when they see Lyra/BonBon or RD/PP scenes on the screen,
No, not at all; stop descending into such ridiculous hyperbole. There's a difference between the show and fanart; a difference you consistently fail to grasp. There are obviously no canon pairings on the show, there never will be, nor should
there be except for those married couples we've seen like the Cakes or the parents of the main six, etc. But for fanart, if someone draws a picture of Lyra and Bon-Bon (or any other two characters) hugging or cuddling and then says
in the description that it's shipping then it's safe to assume the artist meant the picture to be romantic. Even if it's just a picture of them hanging out or taking a walk, and the description of the piece includes something like "Hey! They're on a date!"... yep, you guessed it: still shipping. Of a very mild variety, but shipping nonetheless. Does that mean someone can't enjoy the picture based on their own interpretation of the two just being friends? Not at all. But what the artist wanted to say still trumps other interpretations in the grand scheme. An image doesn't need to be explicit to be romantic, just as relationships and dating in real life aren't exclusively (or even mostly, I should hope) about sex. Only people who've never been on a date themselves tend to think otherwise.
Here's an example of exactly what I'm talking about...
Uploaded by Kein, the one and only. Is this picture shipping? I'd hazard a guess and say it sure looks like it. A quick look at the description on deviantArt is enough to banish all doubts, as this is quite clearly indicated to be a "Fluttermac" image by the artist (the highest authority so far as this particular image goes), which I believe is one of the names applied to the shipping of Fluttershy and Big Macintosh (see: Cheerimac for a listing of their mortal enemies). Are other interpretations of this image possible? Yes indeedy, but the artist's is made quite clear. Is it offensive? No, not at all; whether you interpret this the way the artist intended or just as friendship, this image is incapable of offering any offense that I can see.
Again, seems shippy. Confirmed by artist's description. Other interpretations possible? Sure, why not?
Nothing ambiguous about that.
WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN. Nah, I'm kidding; I kinda laughed at that one. Weird, but then Madmax has a weird sense of humour sometimes. But in this case, I don't believe any other interpretations are possible, lmao.
I could go on with more, but surely you get the point.
Edited by TM2-Megatron, 07 March 2012 - 10:20 AM.