It is the 21st century, and the only way to stop fandoms from shipping canonically straight male characters with each other is to have them yell “I AM STRAIGHT AND WILL NOT BE SEXUALLY ATTRACTED TO YOU AT ANY POINT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE” at each other when they first meet.
Never put a bumper sticker on your car. Never wear a ribbon, or a badge, or an armband, or a pin to promote finding a cure for an illness. Never write a blog post, draw a picture, pen verse or write a song about a social issue that matters dearly to you. Never sit in a bathtub full of baked beans. Never run a marathon. Never wear the red nose, or don the spotted bandage, or adorn your breast with the poppy. Never change your Facebook picture. Never copy and paste a status. Never let people know you care. Never show signs of compassion or solidarity. Never allow yourself a moment of humanity.
To all of you who have expended energy complaining about those who have opted to change their Facebook profile picture in the name of equality, or of visual effects artists getting a raw deal, or in support of children’s hospitals: What are YOU doing? Who did YOU write to lately? Which organization did YOU donate money to? Did you do it in the last few days? What kind of difference does you inactivity and cynicism make to the world at large?
Did you make a donation? Did you write a letter to your congressman? Did do it to spite those who “only” changed their profile pictures? And if you did, doesn’t that mean they made a difference?