Waycest

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Pairing
Pairing: Gerard Way/Mikey Way
Alternative name(s): Waycest
Gender category: m/m sibling incest
Fandom: My Chemical Romance
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Waycest is the popular term used by many Bandom fans to describe the slash relationship between the brothers Gerard and Mikey Way, respectively the singer and bass player in the band My Chemical Romance.

History & Popularity

Waycest is a relatively popular ship in MCR fandom. At the Archive of Our Own it is the second most popular ship for Gerard (after Frank/Gerard), with 493 occurrences of the pairing tag as of November 2016.[1]

Waycest also occurs as part of a threesome or OT3 pairing, most often involving Frank, or in Group Slut Fics.

The origin of the ship is likely the fact that they are close in real life. (Note that the canon information available also inspired gen fanworks and fanworks in which their relationship is depicted as platonic: see Gerard & Mikey Way.)

Waycest appeared very early in MCR fandom's history. The timing suggests two possibilities: 1) that fans started shipping the brothers because they didn't have enough information about the other band members to construct a story, or 2) early MCR fandom was influenced by the prevalence of incest in Good Charlotte and Mest bandslash that was being posted without shame by teenage RPF fans in multiband communities like slashypunkboys, where some early MCR fic was also posted.[2]

The first LiveJournal comm dedicated to the pairing was geeheartmikey, created 31 August 2004. For comparison, the first Frank/Gerard comm (gerardxfrankie) wasn't created until 18 March 2005.

In a January 2005 Room Thirteen interview[3][4], the band itself suggested that fans had been writing Waycest even earlier:

Well actually believe it or not the first fan fiction we heard about was incest fan fiction and that was before any of the stuff you're talking about. Like years ago, there was incest fan fiction... I don't know, we can't control it so, um, at least they're being creative.

In 2007 Mikey Way said during an Australian radio interview that he had found Waycest fanfic on the internet.[5] See also Bandom and the Fourth Wall.

Waycest was controversial within some parts of MCR fandom, such as at the chemicalromance community, where in 2005 members felt the need to point out that "Mikey and Gerard are not anything but brothers. If they were fucking, that would seriously gross me out."[6] A December 2007 anon meme included many comments both for and against Waycest.[7] The first secrets post at bandslashsecret in 2008 included a submission that read, "WAYCEST CREEPS ME THE FUCK OUT."[8]

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Example Fanworks

References

  1. Gerard/Mikey AO3 tag, accessed 8 November 2016
  2. In fact, in the author's notes for the first Waycest fic posted to slashypunkboys, the author states that the fic was rewritten for MCR from an earlier Good Charlotte draft. Escape Artists Never Die, Archived version, 2004-08-12.
  3. Alison Aird. My Chemical Romance Interview, Room Thirteen, 8 February 2005.
  4. According to a post in chemicalromance, the interview itself occurred in January. The interviewer also made known her intentions to ask the band about slash and incest fic. Some of the commenters asked her not to:comment thread started by mysti113 started 22 December 2004.
  5. youtube link, February 2007. coleslaws created a gifset of the interview and posted it on tumblr in 2012[1].
  6. prettygolucky. Ways To Stop Looking Like A Teenybopper (And Other Such Rants), posted to chemicalromance, 2005-05-28. archived.
  7. Examples: "Waycest? Gag." Unpopular bandom opinions ahoy!: untappedbeauty, Archived version "waycest: it's delicious" Unpopular bandom opinions ahoy!: untappedbeauty, Archived version
  8. Secret Post #1, Archived version, posted to bandslashsecret, 2008-01-13.