I just found out about """ashbo""" shippers and I feel genuinely sick to my stomach. I knew there was a lot of concerning IRL shipping amongst dsmp enjoyers but HOLY fuck dragging someone who isn't even a content creator and who has never been seen before is insane and I don't use that word fucking lightly. Every time Tubbo has mentioned the person he's been dating he's been deliberately vague or has accidently leaked something. Man does not want y'all to know! And yet there are people sleuthing around for all the info they can get, writing fucking timelines, doing in-depth analysis of fucking breadcrumbs, writing NSFW FANFIC. You have been told MULTIPLE TIMES BY THESE CREATORS THAT THEY SEE THE SHIT YOU POST especially on Twitter where the algorithm shoves it in their faces! Genuinely if you engage in this behaviour you need HELP. It's not healthy for you and it's fucking terrifying for CCs to have their private lives treated like an ARG. When will you be satisfyed with the amount of information you have on these teenage strangers' lives?? Can you imagine the psychological impact of having thousands of people's input on your personal relationships AT EIGHTEEN!!!! And I know y'all have been doing this since they were minors. I don't care if you're their age it's fucking messed up to be publicly hypothesizing about the details of the sex and love lives of strangers! Some people out there spend so much time falling down this hole and yet don't seem to spend any time trying to empathise with these creators who have told them multiple times to stop shipping them with their other teenaged friends!
And I thought I was getting dangerously obsessive with my special interest in these streamers! I guess this also doubles as my announcement that I'm going to be forcing myself to de-dsmp my internet spaces to try and nip this thing in the bud in the hopes that I can have a healthy relationship with these people's content and not have to stop watching them entirely so apologies if I unfollow you. It's not personal. I'm forcing my new hyperfixation to be treating CCs like human strangers (I'm not saying it's easy fellow autism havers, it's fucking necessary for your mental health)
I hope this post can be a wakeup call to someone out there but I know a lot of people are just gonna yell at me about. Genuinely scared to be honest, considering how they're all doxxers but this needs to be said more often. If you get upset at me for telling you to treat strangers like they're human I'm insta blocking you.
Watch "basically I'm gay" and other video essays from creators about the shit this kind of "fan" culture does to them
Get counselling, make friends who aren't also in this weird cult with you, get IRL hobbies, etc.
You can leave this behind you