You know why a ship is popular? Because a lot of people ship it. Simple as that.
There is no need for an anti-Ship tag to know the ship’s popularity. You measure it by the love it receives from fandom. Never by the hate. Because hate produces nothing and archives nothing.
Sterek receive nearly all the love in this fandom. They are the most popular pairing in Teen Wolf. In fact, a lot of people not in the Teen Wolf fandom ship Sterek. Let me say more. A lot of people in the Teen Wolf fandom started to watch because of Sterek.
And to prove that, all you have to do is check AO3, ff.net, LJ… Count the number of Sterek fics, compare with the other ships ALL TOGETHER. Check the number of blogs, twitter accounts, FB groups, other social media sites dedicated to Sterek, compare to the rest dedicated to other characters. Check the official Teen Wolf Fan Fic contest, take a look at the pairings featured in 4 of the 6 mentioned fics. Take a look at what MTV uses to catch our attention when they need us. Remember how we made TW won that MTV Choice Award all thanks to the “We are on a ship” video. Heck, just take a look at the indecent number of notes that video received. People have ordered over 400 cookies so far through the Sterek Campaign to send to Jeff Davis. In 7 days. SEVEN DAYS. We received over 500 pictures for the campaign #CookiesForSterek. Sterek is the only pairing Jeff Davis did an interview about after the Season 2 finale. In fact, he did three. You know why? Because people were interested in what he had to say about them. This weekend, at Comic Con, most asked question on the Internet: Sterek. Should I go on?
What I’m trying to say is, to archive this kind of popularity, almost everyone has to ship them. Some shippers may be more committed than others, but to some degree almost everyone watching the show likes the idea of them together or is okay with it.
We’re not talking about tumblr (btw, thanks for insinuating I’m a teenager, that was cute), we’re talking about a fucking media revolution, where Sterek is so immense and so popular, it is changing the rules of what’s socially acceptable in TV. Jeff Davis and his characters are making the whole slash subculture develop into something acceptable in mainstream media.
I don’t think you understand how big Sterek is. I’m sure there are people who don’t want them together, of course. But saying that there are as many supporters as detractors is simply not accurate.