I’m a writer with years of experience. I started as a kid 6 or 7 years ago and I certainly have endured many different things and types of fans (if I can call them that, I just mean people who enjoy my work) since then. Let me tell you something from my personal experience. It is annoying when people misinterpret your work. I love symbolism and put strong emphasis on it in all of my works, starting from numbers (like the number of text messages receives by a character, or the number of the flat they live in), addresses, name meaning, ending on time at which the action takes place (talking about sexuality at night while deep in Victorian times when you could have been persecuted for being homosexual- very symbolic). All that is very important to me and I think, every other mature writer, professional or not. It is unnerving when people misinterpret it, but for me it’s even worse when they pay no attention to it at all. Either way, when I receive a comment that is just simply put wrong and inaccurate, when it misses the point or misinterprets the symbolism, I am a bit disappointed or angry, depending on how far the misinterpretation goes. But let me tell you: I have never, not even once in my entire writer life told someone, “you’re straight up wrong”. Why? Basically, because it’s not my business. This is not going to be very poetically put, but the fact remains opinions (and interpretations) are like asses: everyone has one. So even if someone’s interpretation of my work was so wrong I couldn’t even begin to imagine how they could possibly get all that from, I would at most just say, “well, you’re not entirely wrong” or, “that’s one way of looking at it”. I see no point whatsoever in telling people how to view my work, what’s the meaning behind all the words that have been spoken between the characters, and the plain reason is that I find no fun in telling people who, one way or another, enjoyed my work that they’re wrong. And no author finds that fun or entertaining, trust me. Once you publish your work, it’s up to the audience how it will be viewed. You can mean all the things you want but if someone sees it differently, your opinion doesn’t matter. If thousands of people see it differently, your opinion ceases to matter.
You’d ask, why would Moffat and Gatiss be so determined to prove us wrong? And my answer is: they shouldn’t be. Even if they think we’re all wrong, they know fine well we had every right in the world to interpret their work like that and if we really were wrong, they wouldn’t have said a single word about it. But the fact remains they are determined to tell every single journalist that our interpretation is just delusional and that what makes it suspicious. You see, they just shouldn’t give a damn. In the worst case, their unintentional “queer baiting” is luring additional people in and that means more money. And yet they break this unwritten rule of not commenting on people’s wrong interpretation, and what for? To piss some people off? Let’s be real, they’re grown ups, that could’ve been fun if you’re 12. To discredit us? What for, we’re just a bunch of people interested in their show maybe a bit too much, they don’t care.
But there’s also the third reason. To make us think critically. To make us think and don’t automatically believe everything you read or hear, even from the show runners themselves. To make us analyse things and don’t jump to conclusions right away.
Of course I may be wrong with that reasoning and their interpretation of the show might be that Sherlock and John are just good buds. Before you say what’s the point then, let me bring one rather funny example of how authors can be wrong about their own work. One time a Polish Nobel prize winner, Wisława Szymborska, took the matura exam (Polish equivalent of SATs) in Polish and the task was to interpret one of her own poems. She did and the grade she received was 3 (5 being the highest mark) which just translated to “average knowledge”.
So the short moral from this far too long story is, do not stop questioning, do not stop interpreting and do not stop seeing the show as you see it. You are not wrong. No matter what happens.