Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is "Shipping" the ABBA members too much?

So one thing that I've been seeing around a lot around my ABBA circles, mostly among the younger modern generation of ABBA fans, is that there is a lot of shipping of the members of ABBA.  I myself have never been on to ship characters in anything, like when I watch TV shows such as Doctor Who, I don't see any need to ship characters like the Doctor and Rose Tyler together.  I can see why people ship them together and see them as in love, but if it's not actually proven in the show, I won't believe it.  I do have a few platonic ships, where I see them as friends, but I'm not one for romantic ships.  But I'm going off topic. 

I've seen a lot of posts around that ship Agnetha and Frida together.  Seeing as most ships are supposed to be romantic, I am quite disgusted by the "Fridnetha" ships.  What proof does anyone have that Agnetha and Frida could be in a relationship?  People take these ships so seriously and take pictures of them and use them to support their reasoning that the two ABBA singers are together and whatever, but it does not work at all.  In most of these pictures that they use as proof, Agnetha was married to Bjorn and Frida was engaged to Benny!  I know I'm not entirely making sense, but these Agnetha x Frida ships really drive me mad. 

Another ship I can't stand is Agnetha x Benny or Frida x Bjorn.  If they're talking about shipping them in terms of friendship, since we know that all the ABBA members were friends, hence why would they all be in a band together for so long, then that's alright.  But if people are taking it to the level that they have the fridnetha ship, then that's just wrong.  I know we have this classic picture of ABBA in 1972, but it's just a fun little picture that doesn't support anything.
Also Bjorn and Benny ships are another thing that I don't like.  Can two people be friends without it having to be romantic?  I'm sure Bjorn and Benny love each other, but as friends.  They've been friends for 51 years after all!

I feel like the modern generation (not all of the modern fans of course, but a lot of them) are getting caught up in shipping and ABBA fanfictons (which is another thing I can't stand, but I'll have to get into that on another post!) instead of appreciating the people as who they are and appreciating the music that ABBA has given to this world.  Please just see ABBA as they are and as the music that they've shared with all of us and not as characters to ship with each other.  ABBA is supposed to be two couples, Agnetha with Bjorn, and Benny with Frida, not any other way.

I apologize if anyone has found today's rant to be offensive, it's just something that I really dislike in the ABBA fan community.

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