Article I came across in the Australian MX Newspaper, written by Anna Brain. Click the images to enlarge. I have to say that, although it’s a little harsh in expression, I agree with the general intention of the article. “There is room for sexual tension, but intrigue, suspense and the undefined relationship between the doctor and the detective is what makes Sherlock, well, Sherlock.”
I thought I wasn’t going to post anything else related to this, but I guess this is my punishment for not blacklisting “Elementary.” So let me preface this by saying that yes, I do understand how you may not have faith in CBS to portray a platonic relationship between a man and a woman—except, no, actually, I don’t, but I guess I can see how you might assume that things might turn out that way (without any evidence or mention of the actual story—you lot are all regular Sherlocks!) if I tilt my head and squint a little bit. (The “but it’ll be a straight relationship rather than a queer one!” makes a hell of a lot more sense to me, but that’s already been addressed.) Even this article says “presumably” in reference to the relationship—because at this point, it’s all just speculation. Maybe I’ll be eating these words eventually, but at this point, there’s no evidence to support this assumption. And even if there were some evidence, there are few enough official adaptations that explore a romantic relationship between Holmes and Watson. (I say “official” here because… well, fanfiction. But honestly, if you’re a shipper and you oppose this casting choice because a romantic relationship will spontaneously erupt out of ~nonexistent subtext in canon~ or that it would be okay if that happened but only if both characters were the same gender—fuck you. That’s it. Just fuck you.)
That is some of the most blatant fucking sexism I’ve seen regarding this casting news (Also, “will karate chop her way”? Congratulations on your stellar pan-Asian stereotype, author, have you maxed out your douchebag quota for the day?). Can we all fucking agree on that? If your kneejerk reaction to Lucy Liu being cast as Watson is to feel uncomfortable, I’d like for you to examine why that makes you uncomfortable. And if the only explanation you can come up with is that “the role was written for a man by a man” or that the Holmes-Watson relationship is “uniquely male” (seriously?????), I’ve got news for you: you might be a misogynist asshole.
whoa, okay, what is this shit? for the record, I am kind of conflicted about the series as a whole, because on one hand, I am all for new Holmesian shows/movies/etc and I think gender bending is totally awesome so I’m interested to see what they do with the show, but on the other hand I am pretty convinced that the creators made Watson a female in order the avoid potential gay subtext and to provide Miller’s Holmes with a (heterosexual) romantic interest. I guess I shouldn’t be judging that until I see the actual show, though.
BUT THIS ARTICLE. what the fuck? “Lucy Liu will karate chop her way”? “the role was written for a man, by a man, and explores the uniquely male dynamic”? ”they’re changing Watson’s nationality and gender—why bother at all”? this is offensive on so many levels… if you’re going to complain about staying true to Doyle’s canon then you should definitely be just as devastated by the fact that Sherlock and Elementary are taking place in present-day, and Elementary is set in New York, and the plot doesn’t even sound all that similar to the original series.
why are people so stupid
I just don’t get it