repeat after me:
Sherlock Holmes is not empirically straight in the canon
100+ years of queer lit theory and derivative works exist for a reason
Anyone who thinks people who make queer conjectures about Sherlock Holmes are fantasizing is dramatically and tragically misinformed about the history of this character. A queer interpretation has ALWAYS been valid. If a queer interpretation was valid in the 1890’s, when gayness was punishable by incarceration, what makes anyone think it won’t be valid in the twenty-first century?
Here’s an added thought: since this debacle erupted, scores of fans have said they “knew it was never gonna happen”.
But you ask why? It’s not because of anything in the show, most of the time. No, their reasons are because ‘they won’t go there’, because Moffat has said Sherlock isn’t gay in interviews, because that won’t happen this decade, because most fans wouldn’t like it, etc. etc. Point out a legitimate reason, presented WITHIN the narrative, why John/Sherlock shouldn’t be treated as seriously as any other (het) pairing in the show- and I will meet you with another, just as legitimate reading of the exact same material that shows why it should be. To insist otherwise is willfully and hurtfully oblivious, and is just what all of these concerned parties are doing.
This is NOT about “wanting a ship to become canon”, this is about the fact that every potential coupling on this show- Sherlock and Molly, Sherlock and Irene, John and Mary, EVERYONE- is treated with more legitimacy than the one couple with the most evidence to them. It’s not about anyone getting together in the show- it’s that it should be treated SERIOUSLY. Otherwise “it’s all fine” was a cruel fucking joke.
At this point, this is honestly lessening my ability to enjoy the show. This is honestly having a negative impact on my feelings about the quality of this otherwise-excellent program. I genuinely do not want to read another word anyone connected with the show in the most peripheral of ways has to say about this, unless it’s an apology. If I want to be able to still enjoy this program, I’m going to have to cut the entire behind-the-scenes aspect off. That’s the point this has reached for me.
Someone please let me know when the show I thought was so wonderful and amazing and inclusive comes back.