yeah, though Elementary is much better representation-wise than Sherlock(tho… that’s not very hard seeing as Sherlock has an all-white cast with no queer characters, except Irene Adler who falls in love with Sherlock even tho she’s supposedly a lesbian). So I’m kind of happy for that. Plus, Watson and Sherlock aren’t a couple in canon, Elementary or Sherlock so you can hardly call it homophobic. Only thing BBC Sherlock has that’s even close to queer representation in the main characters is gross queerbaiting, so… I’d say BBC Sherlock is more homophobic than Elementary, tbh. Subtext≠representation.
But Thorin and Bilbo aren’t a couple since we’re talking about fanon gender and sex changes, so it actually has nothing to do with the thing I’m talking about.
I agree that there should be more female representation. The Hobbit and LoTR is atrocious when it comes to representation of anything that isn’t cishet white males, so yeah, I completely understand that. However, it still can come off as very homophobic, and is pretty hurtful for some people. I never said you people were bad, and neither did I say you’re terrible people, I’m just calling it what I think it is.
Also, if one wanted female representation, I think you should make both characters women, to be honest. Like if you’re going for representation, and you’re not truly homophobic, then pls change both into cis!females or change none. I realise I may come off as agressive saying this, and if so I’m sorry, but it’s what I think.
Plus, it’s still transphobic, since the term “genderbending” itself is really bad, and could very well be considered a slur. Plus, it assumes that gender=genitalia, and since we only swap “the opposite sexes” against each other, I think it’s pretty gross. When we change gender and presentation of for example Bilbo, we give her a dress, breasts and vagina, because obviously genitalia and gender must always match.
I’m all for making a character genderqueer, or trans, or whatever, but the problem is it’s always a swap of cis-for-cis, and it just reinforces a lot of transphobic ideas.
And again, please don’t make it sound like I want you to feel bad. I’m here to inform you, and all I want is to make the Bagginshield community a nicer place. I’m really just saying what I, a gay person, and other people in the LGBTQA+ community think.
Here’s more links to read on why it’s not the best thing to do:
(and an extra link for the elementary thing X)
Also, I’m not a trans person, so I obviously can’t speak for them, but I’m conveying what I’ve read and heard said by trans people, and I think it makes sense.