It seems that the other shippers "against" advanceshipping (Poke, Contest, Pearl etc) all have an argument when it comes to mementoes that Ash has to represent his "unknown love" for someone. For example, Pokeshippers have Misty's lure and so on. What makes you believe that the half-ribbon from May is more symbolic?
Well most people already answered my most of my answer so this wont be long. I think the half ribbon means SOMETHING not just because it was the only way for both trainers to get the ribbon. i mean the writers but it in there for a reason. i believe its more symbolic thanthe lure becaucse both Ash and May have the ribbon and they can use it to remember it.
Like May said in the Wallace Cup, the ribbons gives her good luck in her contests and its reminds her of all the journeys she had with Ash. she is thinking of HIM.
And mind if i share some fanart as well?