I am absolutely horrified by what is going on in the fandom right now. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
If this offends anyone, know that it is not my intention to.
But also know that, if you take offense you chose to take it and feel free to send all the hate you wish to me, I’ll even leave the anon open for you to do so, because I don’t fucking care about your immaturity.
I am going to generalise, but know that I am not talking about everyone, I am fully aware there are civil people out there; this is directed to those who are victimizing themselves and are being horrible to anyone who is not agreeing with them and especially horrible to the crew.
I might come across as insensitive but you have crossed every unimaginable line!
Stop. Just stop making this show into something that it is not (and never was). The show was never intended to be a depiction of romance between the two main characters. Never. You may argue the contrary all you want, but this is not true. You have the original source that is over 100 years old that does not depict it (you may read into it whatever you want, no one is stopping you, but the simple truth is that all it depicts is friendship), and the show is based on those books.
The show is not based on “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, only the relationship/rivalry between Mycroft and Sherlock is. Get your facts right.
But even if it was, the film does not portray Holmes and Watson in a homosexual relationship. Watson is a heterosexual man, while Holmes is alluded to maybe being a homosexual and having feelings for Watson that might go beyond friendship. But Watson’s feelings are not returned. Full stop. It is just an allusion and not a confirmation. Whatever was the original intention for the film does not matter, what matters is what the final product is - because if you are basing something on a product you are basing it on what it is and not what might have been.
Having the show based on the original source and that film, it does portray the two main characters truthfully to what it claims to be. The show itself is crime, mystery and drama. It is not romance and it never claimed to be. The show always gave mysteries, crimes and drama. Because that is what the show is about. Everything else is up to interpretation.
The creators of the show have been telling you since the start that Sherlock and John are not a couple and are never going to be in their version. You labeled them liars.
There are many instances in the show itself that disprove them being a couple. You chose to ignore it.
The fact that you are hurting because they happened not to be a couple in the end, is your own fault because you didn’t listen to what you were being told.
Calling the “gay jokes” in the initial seasons queerbating is incredibly ridiculous, because they are not. Why even are you labeling them gay jokes? They are just jokes, the fact that they happened to be aimed at two men doesn’t make any difference, because those jokes were simply meant as two close friends being mistaken as a couple, regardless of them being two men. That was the whole point. It is not offensive and it is incredibly realistic - in real life it happens all the time that people mistake two close friends as a couple (be them two men, two women or a man and a woman). My friend and I get mistaken as a couple all the time. And it happens to other people I know as well. It is as simple as that.
Yes, they went too far with those jokes, I agree. The jokes got boring and repetitive, they realised it and they dropped it.
I’m not even going to discuss the elephant thing as I have no idea how can possibly an elephant be a metaphor for a relationship. And I honestly don’t even want to know about your delusions.
Now, I understand that representation in media is important. I really do. And I agree. The writers do and they told you so but they also told you many times that this is not what this show is about.
They never lied to you about it, and they never promised you what you were asking. Because the show is not about that. They were always clear on the aspect that John and Sherlock are not a couple in their version and never will be, but also they told you that you are free to interpret it as something more, just don’t ask them to do it because that is not their vision.
The show you are watching is Mark Gatiss’ and Steven Moffat’s vision of Sherlock Holmes, not yours. They don’t owe you anything but good storytelling, mystery and drama - what the show is. And that’s what you always got. They don’t owe you any romance.
I understand LGBTQ+ people wanting representation and seeing themselves in these characters; but don’t force it on the writers to make it into something that it is not and that they never promised. If you see something more in these characters, continue doing so. No one is telling you that you are not allowed to, no one is telling you that your opinion is not valid. No one is telling you that your identity and your sexuality are not valid because two fictional characters are not shown as a couple.
I am telling you all this as a bisexual man. You do not need a show to prove you that you matter. Do not force something as big as this on a programme that was not intended to deal with this topic. Do not do that.
Do not send hate and threats to the crew. Do not label them as homophobic - do you have any idea how big of a deal this is?
Do not label them anything offensive!
Do not label them as anything. Do not send hate. Do not. You didn’t like the episode? You don’t have to. You are entitled to your own opinion, you are allowed to dislike something. But that does not permit you to be disrespectful to the crew. Not liking a piece of television does not permit you under any circumstance to send personal offences, hate, death threats, to people who have worked on the show and to people who disagree with your opinion. Have some human decency and be respectful.
Keep in mind that you are also just a portion of the entire Sherlock fandom. There are many others who don’t see the two mains as a couple, among which am I. And with that I am not saying that just because not everyone sees what you see makes your interpretation invalid. No. What I am saying is that just because you see them as a couple does not make everyone elses interpretations as invalid.
And while everyone has their own vision and their own opinions, why are you pretending that only your vision is the correct and that the writers need to validate it? Why do you think that your vision is the correct one and are forcing the writers to see it your way? Why do you think you know better than the writers themselves? That is just incredibly rude.
You get a series filled with crime and interesting cases, good family drama and mystery. And all you care about is a non-existent relationship. This just proves that you never even cared for the show but just your own fetishes.
The things that have been said are just appalling. Things I don’t want to repeat for how disgusting they are about the cast and crew and just because of a goddamn ship.
You are a small portion of the fandom, but sadly the loudest. And not only are you embarrassing yourselves but you are embarrassing the entire fandom and putting us all in a bad picture. And do yourselves and everyone else a favour: stop it. Just stop.
Continue disliking the show, the episode(s), everyone else in the world. You are entitled to it. Continue to ship johnlock. You are entitled to it. But do NOT send hate and threats to anyone!