For those who don't know, Sparrabeth is the fandom name for the pairing of Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. It wouldn't surprise me if people used their surnames as a reason to put them together.
Okay, so this pairing has been bugging me for a while now, but the proverbial straw has finally broken the proverbial camel's back (poor camel) and now I have to rant. This rant was prompted by a video I found on YouTube, one of a series where the director took a song she found in a Willabeth video (God knows where, there are hardly any on YouTube) and put it in a Sparrabeth one instead. She used Holding Out For A Hero, remarking that it's always Jack coming to Elizabeth's rescue, not Will.
Um, since WHEN?! The only time I can think of Jack coming to Elizabeth's rescue is right at the beginning of Curse of the Black Pearl and that is not "My God, Elizabeth is in danger, I must save her!", that is "Oh, random girl falling into the water, I think I'd better check on her." Will didn't rescue her because he didn't even know she was in danger. The whole point of that scene (apart from the medallion calling to the Black Pearl) was to show that Norrington was completely oblivious to the woman he loved falling to her death, which meant he automatically failed 'Hero 101' and was shown as unsuitable for the heroine of the film. Will spends half of the first film attempting to rescue Elizabeth from the pirates (Jack just goes along because he wants his ship) and he succeeds. Then she rescues him, because this film is made in the 21st century and I like that. But please don't give me crap about Jack always coming to Elizabeth's rescue. She either does that herself or Will does it for her when she's tied up. Jack never even thinks about it.
Jack is not interested in Elizabeth. Sure, she's a pretty girl, fiesty, different, she's intriguing. But Jack got slapped by three different women in the first film, which is a record, I think, and should tell you everything you need to know about how he treats them. He actually hit on Elizabeth when they were marooned (yeah, the alcohol played a part, but it wasn't that big) and she was perfectly immune to him, then, so what's changed?! Jack loves his freedom above all else. Jack loves the Pearl above all else. Elizabeth just loves the idea of freedom that Jack represents. Sure, he seems attractive now, when she's about to be tied down in marriage, but I can't see them making a go of it, can you? I suppose for me it boils down to the fact that Will is an honest worker. Even as a pirate on Davy Jones's ship, he works hard. He always tries, he does his best. He deserves some goddamn reward for that.
So yes. I sincerely hope that Will does get his girl at the end of World's End. Politically incorrect or not.