People claiming that Annie should be ace judging by her previous actions and complaining how they are disappointed in her character development are no better than ones who claim that Kat should be straight speaking about her previous attraction to boys and are disappointed in her being bi.
With a difference that second ones are getting bashed by fandom and first ones are not… Double standards?
…they’re not the same at all, though?
First of all, I’ve been following the tag closely over the past few days, and I have seen nobody state that Annie SHOULD be ace. I’ve seen nobody ragequitting the comic because Annie isn’t ace.
What I have seen are a lot of aromantic and/or asexual people who have been reading this comic for years and saw a part of themselves in Annie. A part of themselves that is rarely explored in media without the insinuation that they are broken. A part of themselves that is rarely allowed to be part of a main character’s traits. A part of themselves that they’ve likely struggled with for much of their lives.
I see a lot of aromantic and/or asexual people who are having to come to terms with the fact that a much adored character they have known and identified with for years has suddenly been shown to not share that trait with them anymore. And they’re upset and sad to see another character—because this certainly is not the first time we have seen this happen, and won’t be the last—turn out to not be aro or ace. It’s frustrating, and it’s sad, and we have every right to feel that way.
This isn’t a bunch of ridiculous homophobes who are disgusted by “another lesbian comic,” or think that Tom is “corrupting” the innocence of the characters by having Kat interested in girls, or claim to know Kat’s sexuality better than her own author. It’s a group of underrepresented people who are disappointed and hurt that someone who might have represented them no longer does.