The Fandom Awards are back, and with them comes the most cut-throat competition of them all: Ship of the Year.
And here we are, to break down the nominees and give you reasons why each of them should win the Award. Today’s ship? Clexa.
It hasn’t been an easy year for Clexa fans. In fact, you could even say it’s been a lousy year. Yes, they got some happiness, but it was short-lived and cruelly ripped away from them in the most final and disingenuous way possible.
But that wasn’t the end of Clexa, no. At this point we have to wonder if anything can truly end Clexa. After all, some stories get a happy ending, some a tragic one, and others ….well, others don’t end.
So here are five reasons why Clexa should be crowned Ship of the Year:
Because their story has touched many fans, and it would mean the world to them
Characters are fictional, and their stories aren’t really about them, they’re about the people they touch, the people they inspire. Eliza Taylor and Alycia Debnam-Carey, and in turn, Clarke and Lexa, have inspired more than a fandom, they’ve become the face of a community that hasn’t had a recognizable face in a long time. And so, as beloved as their characters are, this win means more than that. It’s not just about Clarke and Lexa and whether they were good for each other.
It’s about the fact that they got a chance to, and people saw themselves in those characters. It’s about never saying goodbye. It’s about being free to be who you are, love who you are and be as loud about it as you want.
Because a win would be sticking it to Jason Rothenberg
Jason Rothenberg and The 100 writers created something that, by all intents and purposes, was bigger than them. And then they failed to understand it. Moreover, Jason baited the fandom, played with its emotions, and then, when he got some well-deserved backlash, acted like the fandom was overreacting. So, a win would definitely go a long way into proving that the fandom is big, the fandom is strong, and their voice will not be silenced, not even by death.
Because representation is important
Good representation is even more important, but as the lone female/female pairing on the list, a Clexa win would be a great way of bringing relationships that haven’t gotten as much attention in mainstream media into the day to day conversation. MTV is, after all, a big deal, and a win would mean a physical award that, maybe Eliza and Alycia could be convinced to collect themselves. Either way, Clexa has done so much for the LGBT community already, and another win would take them from awesome to epic.
Because they deserved better – and in fan’s minds, fanfic and fan art, that promise can be fulfilled.
We know the end of the story. It was absurd, it was ridiculous, it was clichéd. It was wrong. And yet there’s nothing fans can do other than keep these two alive in their memories, cherish what they could have had, live in the possibilities. And that’s exactly what this vote is about. About what could have been. What the fans won’t let go. About Clarke and Lexa, the ship that not even death could break apart.
Because they’re just a ship. Simple as that. And they should be treated like any of the others.
Yes, I know I said before that representation matters, and it does, but the ultimate goal is to be equal – to not be treated differently because this ship is comprised of two women. So Clexa should win because they’re a couple, as simple as that. A ship made out of two pretty people, a ship that people loved, a ship that could have been epic and was cut short. A ship, nothing more, nothing less.
The MTV Fandom Awards will be announced at San Diego’s Petco Park on Thursday, July 21, the day that Comic-Con officially begins. The show will then air on Sunday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET on MTV.