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How to be an Anti-Johnlocker/Anti-TJLCer

A comprehensive step-by-step guide!

[I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to target any ships and I hope you have as much fun shipping as I do. My beef is with the ones who unnecessarily keep hating on my ship and fellow shippers.]

[’TJLCer’ and ‘Johnlocker’ have been used interchangeably in this]

  • Accuse them of being ‘heterophobes’ then call straight Johnlockers fetishists
  • Say “omg you are delusional!! there is absolutely no proof!!” then ignore even the stuff picked VERBATIM FROM THE SHOW
  • Say “omg every show doesn’t need LGBTQ+ representation!!” because every show needs 20+ straight couples
  • Say “omg Sherlock is straight!” although he said “Girlfriends? No, not really my area!” and has never shown any sexual attraction to women
  • Say “omg John is straight!” because he said “I am not gay” because gay and straight are the only two sexualities in the entire world, and Sholto does not even exist
  • Tell anyone who reads Sherlock as gay that they are delusional and “omg nooo he can’t be gay! he has always been straight, you just want to see dicks touch” then cry when you get called a homophobe
  • Say “omg heteronormativity and queerbaiting are myths! I am straight so I obviously know more about what offends the queer community!”
  • Say “eww stop sexualising the greatest friendship of all time” because we don’t have enough Bro Friendships
  • Say “omg those Johnlockers send soooo much hate to the cast and crew!!!” and ignore anyone who asks you for receipts
  • Say “omg Moffat and Gatiss have said it’s not going to happen!!” but insist that Sherl0lly is canon, even though Mofftiss said that after TFP Molly went out and shagged someone and got over it [which is pretty unfair to her character but hey, that’s a conversation for another time]
  • Say “omg those awful Johnlockers send me hate because I went into their tag and tried to shit on Johnlock and called them fetishists! Boohoo!” 
  • Say “omg you only hate Mary because she is happily married to John!” when we have literally not even seen one instance of them being ‘happily married’
  • Say “omg Mary shot Sherlock nicely!” although he literally flatlined and came back to life because ‘John Watson is definitely in danger’
  • Say “omg John is not in love with Sherlock, he ships Adl*ck so hard!” because when a Bro ships his Bro with a woman, he gets obsessively jealous and literally yells at said woman
  • Spend all day hating on Johnlockers and posting about “omg TJLCers spread so much hate”
  • Call them misogynists, then go on about how Molly is such a strong woman because she forces her crush to say ILY to her
  • Send Johnlockers anonymous messages saying “I am gay but Johnlockers bullied me”
  • Say “he is straight in the original books!” although there has been a countless amount of analysis done into the homoerotic undertones of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work
  • Say “Johnlock is not real because he canonically loves Molly! The I Love You was real because he said it twice!!” while completely ignoring the big clock ticking right next to Molly, counting down to her death
  • Say “the TLD hug was platonic! I hug my friends while slowly caressing their necks and putting my cheek on their heads!”
  • Say “you just want to see white dicks touch” because the BBC would so obviously air porn
Want to instill doubt in someone? “Change minor details in their surroundings.”

Yes, this post is about Sherlock. Specifically, about the reason for all of those pesky set design flaws that grew larger and larger as series 4 progressed.

For example, the skull picture we normally see…

…turns into this.

Or when Ella’s office looked like this…

…but turned into this.

There are hundreds of examples but how about simply one more.

John’s flat looked like this…

…but turned into this.

If you watch Many Happy Returns, which takes place before Series 3, you’ll see John’s front door doesn’t actually exist under the staircase – that was an unnecessary change in Series 4.

So what do all of these changes have to do with making an impression on the audience?  Well.  Everything.

When you want to get a group of people to doubt their own memory – or to plant new ones – you have to change things about what they already know, but don’t let on that you’ve changed anything.

And who does this for a living?

Derren Brown, the illusionist who had a cameo in The Empty Hearse. He’s also a very good friend of Mark Gatiss’. He has a fascinating video you can watch about this exact technique I’m explaining. By changing details visually, one can change how people doubt their own abilities to perceive reality, and also question their own memories.

Do you know all the outrageous things series 4 fed us?

– Mary is just an ordinary housewife with a good heart
– John would never save Sherlock from a serial killer
– John would beat Sherlock senseless
– Sherlock simply needs love from family to complete him
– John has a bunch of friends that love to look after his baby
– John would blame Sherlock for any harm befalling Mary
– John would easily forgive Mary for shooting his best friend in cold blood
– Mary knows Sherlock and John better than anyone ever could

These things blatantly contradict everything we’ve ever known about these characters. Still don’t believe Mary is a manipulative psychopath? Go read the HLV script; it just made its rounds on the internet today.

You’ve been wondering why series 4 is so screwed up, narratively and visually? It has a purpose. It is to make the audience doubt – to make the audience doubt their own ability to comprehend reality.

Is it working?