Just an odd observation coming to a head.
When I was active in the Metalocalypse fandom, there were some 'observations' that made me beat my head against a wall.
'I hate it when they draw Toki's facial hair like it's just attached to his face!'
*slams head against brick*
"What the fuck do you think facial hair IS?! You've never touched a male you weren't related to, have you?"
And there were the reasons they thought Skwisgaar/Toki was canon:
"They were sitting next to each other in X episode and their legs were touching."
"When they saw each other in X episode they smiled."
"They were worried about each other in X episode."
Me: Okay, now I love ships and I won't deny anyone their kink, but you guys do know that men can experience friendship as well, right?
I belong to a group on Facebook that's devoted to Thorin Oakenshield. On Thursdays, they have 'Bagginshield Thursday' where they post pictures that suggest Thorin and Bilbo had a romantic relationship. A Thursday or two ago, they posted a few pictures that consisted of the two characters standing next to each other and a video that showed Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman in costume walking across a field. Richard Armitage stepped closer to Martin Freeman and said something. If you weren't gagging for an excuse to have these two shagging, it would look like he was stepping closer so he could be heard clearly.
Now I love Bagginshield, and I have nothing against Skwisski, but shit -- this kind of stuff would be classified as casual friendship if the characters were female. Are men not allowed to show the faintest fondness for another male unless they're family or want to fuck them?
That's toxic masculinity right there.
Guys, you can be bros. You can be friends, you can be best buds, you can be chums, you can even be brothers from another mother. You can show emotion and feel, and hurst and yearn and nothing about that makes you gay.