Sympathetic shippers should not be thought of as copycats or people just trying to fit in/be cool. They are able to enjoy a wider variety of ships than most traditional fans, but this enjoyment is still genuine.
Sympathetic shipper: I know right? That scene on the mountain!
Friend two: Oh my goodness, Merlin and Arthur in that episode.
Sympathetic shipper: Oh, completely. MERTHUR <3