One of their most common excuses, perhaps my fave one, is the “interpretation” argument, I’ve seen it around a lot lately. They’ll go, “Hey, it’s your right to interpret Starscream as an abuse victim, but I see it differently!” When I find people saying stuff like this, I just want to ask them if they also “interpret” Bumblebee as being, say… purple. Or that Optimus’ altmode is a speedboat? Hey, let’s have fun! It’s all equally valid in the magical land of interpretations. Canon has no meaning anymore! :D
I just have to reply to this bit, and then I swear I’m done
that is a lie I am never done I will be bitching about this nonsense until the end of days.
This is one of those arguments that compel me to tell people to stop talking to me/visiting my blog/existing in my presence. And then those people get quite butthurt, whining that I’m not respecting their opinion/interpretation/kink.
Damn right I’m not respecting it.
There is a difference between things that are “open to interpretation” and things that are “totes not open to interpretation.”
Something open to interpretation? Knock Out’s and Breakdown’s relationship. There’s no unshakable, solid evidence either for or against the idea that they’re lovers, or that they’re just friends, or just coworkers, or whatever. And interpreting it in any of those ways doesn’t discount any canon or make anything up that isn’t compatible with canon.
Whereas MegaStar very much does. It’s not possible to argue that Starscream and Megatron are in a legit, consensual, romantic relationship, BDSM or otherwise, because it goes against unshakable parts of canon. There’s no other way to interpret Starscream being afraid of Megatron other than him being afraid of Megatron. There’s no other way to interpret Megatron beating Starscream into the hospital except Megatron beating Starscream into the hospital.
At no point in the series is there anything that even remotely hints at the possibility of anything other than violent abuse. There’s no moment when Starscream looks like he’s enjoying what Megatron does. I mean, I guess there is that time in Patch when he asks Megatron to beat him… you know: in order to avoid being killed.
That’s not kinky. That’s horrifying.
You can’t interpret something that’s not open to interpretation.
As you said, I can sit here and tell you that I’m interpreting that the sky is actually fluorescent green, but that doesn’t make it true. It just makes people around me concerned for my ocular/mental state.
The reason that I so vehemently tell these people to GTFO is because it creeps me the hell out that they think it’s okay to interpret away abuse so that they can get their sexy fantasies on.
Like, what does that mean, exactly? Does that mean that like, them finding a couple cute in real life would make it okay in their heads to “interpret” away abuse in that couple’s relationship? It just creeps me out, because if someone can look at Megatron beating Starscream into submission, and Starscream being terrified of him, and not immediately think “wow that’s abusive,” I honestly question their ability to make valid conclusions about reality. And don’t anyone yap at me with that “oh, they wouldn’t interpret it that way in real life, blah blah blah.” A large part of the reason that abuse exists in real life is because people like to pretend it’s not happening, and because abuse victims themselves try to interpret what they’re experiencing as something other than abuse.
I’m not talking about the people who like the ship, concede that it is abusive, and would totes never go for something like that in real life. I’m talking about people who seem legitimately incapable of admitting that it’s an abusive relationship. How far does that sort of thing go? Are they able to identify abusive relationships in general? Does their sex drive get in the way?
I am legit creeped out by people who can’t seem to identify it as abuse. And I have no problem with hurting their pwecious wittle feelings and self-validation by telling them to hightail it out of my space.
Yes. Everything about this is awesome. Thank you.