So this article with Vampire Diaries writer Julie Plec was posted today on the LA Times site.
And then Plec's Twitter timeline exploded with hatred.
Anyone with a modicum of reading comprehension skills can read that article and realize that Plec was specifically commenting on Stefan's state of mind when she referred to Damon as an obstacle. Stefan wants to be with Elena, Damon wants to be with Elena, this means that Damon is in Stefan's way to an extent (see the definition of obstacle). Plec didn't say she hated Damon/Elena or that it wouldn't happen, just that it would obviously not be in Stefan's game plan. However, shippers don't really do the whole 'take things in context' thing.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorites from the Twitter explosion for your viewing pleasure.