I feel a rising amount of concern at some of the misinterpretations of the post I made the other day about queer interpretations of Sherlock, both in the show and in the ACD canon, so I just want to clear up a few points.
Firstly is that I bear no ill will and hold no judgement for anyone who disagrees with what pairings I may or may not prefer, and that I honestly fully embrace anyone who is in favor of Mary/John, Molly/Sherlock, Irene/Sherlock, etc, whatever their motivation. This extends to the writers of the show and the creative team behind and in front of the camera.
My only concern is the fact that Ian’s initial tweet and Amanda’s response did feel judgmental to a large portion of fans. I have also learned that Ian took the time to contact someone who had a very popular post about why what he said was hurtful, and while I still think his initial comment was ill-thought and rude, I am very impressed by that level of care and communication that he chose to foster with them. My concern is not that John/Sherlock was not going to happen, but that a queer reading of the narrative they had presented to us was being treated as completely invalid in and of itself, not just by Ian but as a recurring theme with the creative team, which not only do I strongly disagree with given the material, but that I felt was rude and hurtful to a lot of fans who had thought maybe this show would be different in that respect.
I have seen a few people interpreting my comments as being mad and demanding that John/Sherlock be written into the show, and that the lack of John/Sherlock canonization in and of itself is queerbaiting. I wanted to make clear that what I think is queerbaiting is that they wrote the subtext in and then made fun of people for taking it seriously, not that they didn’t follow it to a romantic conclusion. I hope that this clarifies something of my position and makes clear what I meant, but as I also hope I’ve shown, I’ll be happy to discuss anything about either my post or this interpretation of the material to a mutually respectful conclusion. I think the most important thing in this style of debate is that mutual respect and I hope that we can use it to come to an understanding.