Ian Hecox from Smosh today tweeted a statement regarding a section of the Smosh fan base that have been taking their fandom to unacceptable and abusive places. Here it is:
You can see where Ian is coming from – while a YouTuber may be fine with shipping (though whether they are or not is their decision to make), when it comes to obsession and abuse with regard to a fantastical relationship that’s never going to happen, things stop being a game and become a serious problem. It’s a sad truth that partners of popular internet stars have often been the victims of abuse from jealous and/or trolling ‘fans’ and we hope that Ian’s statement will help people to wake up to the fact that this is unacceptable. What do you think about this statement, and about shipping in general? Let us know in the comments below.