I am not in the Teen Wolf fandom and I do not ship Sterek but I did find this quote very offensive and wanted to address some of the excuses I’ve seen people throwing around to try to excuse this statement:
Tyler is a nice guy who is just tired of being asked questions about Sterek. If this is the case, then he should have said NO COMMENT. Instead, what he did was answer a question that wasn’t directly asked to him. If he’s so tired of these questions, then he needs to let his co-workers answer them. Co-workers, which based on that interview, handle these questions a lot better.
Tyler was correct when he said that Sterek fans aren’t watching the show for the right reason. There is no right way to watch a show. TV is for entertainment. We do this freely. No one has the right to tell us what to enjoy and how to feel. There is actually a fandom TV trope called “True Fan”. Research that logical fallacy to better understand how wrong this was.
Tyler is a PoC actor who tired is of being outstaged by two white dudes. So Sterek taking the spotlight would be fine if the ship was being portrayed by two black guys? Also, Posey may represent a minority, but so does Sterek. And, in fact, right now, it’s homosexuals who are still fighting for their basic human rights all over the world. This is really mixing oranges and apples. There’s no reason why Posey can’t have representation and Sterek too. As for who is more popular, that is subjective and that’s not something we can dictate on any show. Outside of slash shipping, main characters getting upstaged by supporting characters isn’t new. It happens.
There was nothing wrong with what he said. He wasn’t calling gay people twisted. That is up for interpretation. Let me give you this example. There is an actress Jamie Brewer (well known for her roles on American Horror Story) who has down syndrome. Let’s imagine that she was on Teen Wolf and part of a popular femslash pairing between her and another supporting actress. Imagine Tyler was asked about this and he said, “That femslash ship is just disgusting and retarded.” Would you have thought that this comment was only about the femslash ship? Or might you think that his word choice, especially the word “retarded,” had more to do with the actress herself than the ship? Likewise, the terms “weird” and “twisted” are often used to put down homosexuality in our society. Hearing them being applied to Sterek feels like they have more to do with the fact that the ship is same sex than it does with the ship upstaging Posey in popularity. This is what people are reacting to. The use of offensive, derogatory words that are often used to hurt the queer community.
People are crossing a line by bashing Tyler Posey and making themselves look really bad. It’s funny because I just went through the Tyler Posey and Sterek tags and saw more hate aimed at shippers for hating on Tyler than actual hate on Tyler. The worst I’ve seen is people who are offended, and being offended doesn’t make you a hater. Go through the sterek tag right now. Scroll down for 5 minutes and you’ll see several hate posts about sterek shippers. So let me get this straight, fandom unites to protect Posey but fandom unites to bash Sterek shippers and you somehow think that’s okay? You’re either against bashing of any kind or you’re a hypocrite. And I’m seeing a lot of hypocrisy. If people have real hate against Tyler I’d like to see it. My inbox and submission box are open. Let’s see how much is there because mostly I’m seeing this as an excuse to bash sterek shippers.
I also want to stress a few things:
You can be a fan of Tyler Posey while still holding him accountable for the problematic things he says
Being critical of offensive statements, no matter who says them, isn’t the same as hating
If you are going to defend the right of Tyler Posey to say whatever he wants, then I hope you’re ready to defend the right of the people he offends to also say whatever they want
Just because this statement didn’t offend you, doesn’t mean it’s not offensive to others
Just because this statement sounded like a joke to you, doesn’t mean it was actually a joke
Blaming Sterek shippers for being rude to Tyler Posey doesn’t excuse this behavior; it just makes those who are rude wrong and Tyler also wrong.
Just because some Sterek shippers may be rude, doesn’t mean they are all rude.
Just because Tyler has been supportive of Sterek in the past, doesn’t mean he can’t say something offensive later on
Just because Tyler says something offensive doesn’t make him a bad guy, just human
Fans are allowed to be upset; it doesn’t make them any less of a fan
We should strive to educate people, not criticize them for the sake of criticism
Agreed, and as much as I hate to say it, Sterek in the limited constraints of the show would be bizarre and twisted. Fanfic writers have proved time and again to give us cohesive, logical, character driven story lines whereas the show writers give us inconsistencies, plot holes and slivers of character development (As much as I’m enjoying 3B I’ve already read most of the plot in a fic somewhere).
If we take forward what the show has given us in terms of Sterek, the characters are almost abusive towards each other and to get them to a point where them being hot and heavy together is okay we would need hell of a lot of character development the show writers are simply not capable of.
*Sigh* In an ideal world I would be pushing for Sterek too but the two of them would need five seasons to get them at the right place and I don’t it’s fair for the rest of the cast to either be sidelined or be asked comment on something that doesn’t even exist.