Shipping was just supposed to be a fun little thing some in a fandom enjoy doing with some of their favorite characters. Its become, like most bigger fandoms, a toxic mess at times. We were never Voltron level bad where we tried to blackmail staff if they didn’t make our favorite ship canon but shipping wars could get pretty ugly around this place back in the day.
In the end, I don’t think shipping itself is dumb, just some shippers. Especially the ones who take this whole thing way too seriously, who obsess over every little screenshot and shout ‘canon’ when their ship so much as appears in the same shot together, attack others who don’t agree with them, who attack even others who ship one oc the characters in their otp with another character. Luckily those crazies are few and far between. They are
very vocal in their opinions, however, so they do have an outsized voice compared to the mostly sane average shipper.