A lot of you might recognize these screenshots of a couple's hilarious and adorable conversation regarding their new pet dog, "Fish".
The post went viral on Friday, November 27th, and has since been retweeted and shared thousands of times on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, all with some variation of the hashtag "#relationshipgoals" and the caption "Me as a wife" or "Me to my husband".
However, this isn't a straight couple- or even a real couple.
Clarke and Lexa are characters from The CW's hit show, The 100, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of 100 juvenile delinquents who have been sent back to Earth to test its viability after a nuclear apocalypse stranded humanity in space for 97 years.
Clarke and Lexa are queer characters (being bisexual and gay, respectively) and had a fleeting relationship that crumbled at the end of the show's second season. The pairing quickly grew a massive following of passionate, talented fans on all social media platforms.
ClarkeGriffinTexts is a fan-run blog on Tumblr that specializes in creating modern AU (Alternate Universe) texts from Clarke to Lexa and other characters from The 100. They are responsible for creating the conversation, which was posted on Tuesday, November 24th on their blog and has since gained over 42k reblogs and likes.
Clexa fans, and fans of the show in general, were quick to point out the obvious when they saw this post circulating. The hashtags #ClarkeTheHusband, #UniteWithClarkeTheHusband, and #JusticeForLexa were started by fans who immediately began posting various jokes and memes regarding the mistake.
However, some people didn't take the joke so lightly.
While these people have obviously overreacted to the harmless joke, and also made fun of the names of fictional children (still rude, tbh), their comments brought to light a problem that as annoyed many fans since this post went viral.
People assuming that Clarke is a man.
(You know what happens when you assume, right? You make an ass out of u and me.)
The fact that people immediately drew the conclusion that Clarke and Lexa are a male/female couple is heteronormativity at its finest. The showrunners and fans of The 100 alike are incredibly proud of this pairing. Clarke and Lexa are the leaders of their respective people, and unlike most queer pairings in film and on TV, they aren't sexualized or objectified. They are cunning, courageous, brave, and loyal women who are also openly and unapologetically queer. The "straightwashing" of these characters based on name alone shows how deeply ingrained in heterosexuality our society truly is.
This post will ultimately loose its novelty in a few days, as is the case with most popular social media trends, although there might be a silver lining in this hilarious phenomenon.
With this conversation being shared thousands of times across various social media platforms, it is hoped that it will lead to increased viewership of the show. Both seasons of The 100 are currently streaming on Netflix, and as you all know, more viewers = better ratings = more seasons = new episodes keep breaking our hearts for years to come.
The 100 Season 3 airs on Thursday, January 21st at 9/8c on The CW.