The same contingent of RWBY fans who were outraged that Rooster Teeth ‘queerbaited’ audiences with a relationship between Qrow Branwen and Clover Ebi have yet again taken issue with the studio, this time due to the announcement of new merchandise featuring the two characters.
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On February 3rd, Rooster Teeth announced the addition of a new t-shirt, keychain, pint glass, and pin set based on Qrow, with the pin set also including a pin referencing Clover, the former leader of the Ace Operatives, to their webstore:
Today’s your lucky day. 🍀https://t.co/Pjf1zsWBJg pic.twitter.com/smuRl2xAge
— RWBY (@OfficialRWBY) February 3, 2020
This simple advertisement for the RWBY merch store quickly resulted in a mass of responses from outraged fans who believed that this merchandise was tone deaf in the wake of Clover’s death and that studio was continuing to ‘queerbait’ their fans:
You’d think they’d have a little more respect for their audience and respond to the outcry from their fans, before promoting this. Your fandom is literally torn in half, and looking for answers.#CloverDeservedBetter
— Ace (@LuckyTheAce) February 3, 2020
This is messed up. This is precisely what we mean by y’all baiting the MLM community. Jesus H Christ. Really? R e a l l y?
— TankyCinna (@tankycinna) February 3, 2020
rwby be hyping up fairgame on twt only to kill clover for shock value and then sell merch of clover and qrow together…yikes.
— ally 🌹 (@evesappletini) February 3, 2020
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Seriously who the hell is in charge of marketing putting those pins in a set?! Cause the shirt, the glass, and the keychain is all cool stuff, but to pair those pins after what happened? Hell no.
— Brandon (@CybertronGuy98) February 3, 2020
Here’s matching pins for the relationship we queerbaited! pic.twitter.com/mm91Z2XJuf
— 🍀Clover-Deserved-Better (@PanlieisCanon) February 3, 2020
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Some fans were particularly outraged at the selling of a Qrow-themed pint glass due to the character’s status as a recovering alcoholic, despite the fact that the ‘pint’ in the term ‘pint glass’ refers to a literal ‘pint’ of liquid and not specifically a ‘pint of beer.’
Isn’t Qrow a recovering Alcoholic? And yall made a pint glass with him on it? Man what-
— Runaan / Ceo of Summer [RWBY7SPOILERS] (@awkwardnegro) February 3, 2020
Also hey roosterteeth???? Why a pint glass for the character who’s a recovering alcoholic??
— Nat 🔜 C2E2 (@shiieldmaiden) February 3, 2020
Oh we’re so in tune with our fanbase, look!
Here’s a PINT GLASS for our recovering alcoholic who’s on a downward spiral!
— Scopa tu Bootlicker™👢👅 @Fairgame (@ignis_azalea) February 3, 2020
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The backlash was covered by anime YouTuber Hero Hei:
As of writing, Rooster Teeth has not responded to the fan complaints.