This is a short excerpt of a speech Mrs. Thatcher gave in 1988 about the harm being done to children who were being “cheated” of a sound start to their lives by being allowed to believe it was all right to be gay. Yes, cheated.
Her government went on to outlaw LGBT issues being taught in school, laws which lasted into the early 21st century.
In the timeline of the show, Carl Powers died in 1989. So in 1988, when these laws were enacted, John and Sherlock would have been adolescents. Add this to the anti-gay discourse around the AIDS crisis, and the anti-bi discourse as well, and we get a good picture of the climate at the time for LGBTQ+ kids, and not just the fictional ones.
Given this context, the queer reading of this episode becomes really, really weighty:
This episode has a Sherlock mirror (and, at the last, Sherlock himself) smashing the busts of Margaret Thatcher.
Why? Because he’d had to hide the truth of his identity. He had to hide it to stay safe, and protect the people he loved. They had an agreement: they all knew, and they all hid. The only way that he could save himself, and his friends, was to hide the details of his true identity.
He was in this position because he had been betrayed by “The English Woman.”
But of course, in this reading, the English woman is not Mary, nor even Mrs. Norbury, but Margaret Thatcher herself.
And this is why we see, I think more than once, Sherlock’s face obscured by (or reflected in) Margaret Thatcher’s face:
Because if he is wearing a mask, it’s partly because of her. His identity is obscured, is hidden, because of her.
But the masks are being smashed, now, and everyone’s true identity will be coming to light.
I don’t think Michonne gets enough credit for being such a STRONG women and I’m not talking about “the badass chick with a sword” it’s something much deeper.
She watched Rick get emasculated REPEATEDLY like being dragged ( literally) by Negan, that moment when carl almost got his arm chopped off and everyone just being a dick to him.
She seen Rick in his lowest point , yet something about him she’s still loves(probably them curls) even when she got frustrated she never blamed or took it out on him. She’s gives him unconditional love which he probably isn’t used too. I even loved the fact that in 7x4 they were on different terms but they still SLEPT in the SAME bed together. They reached a level of relationship goals that are out of this world in such a short time. That ICONIC speech in the cell sealed the friggin deal for me.
She’s such a dynamic character and it drives me CRAZY when people don’t see that. Rick and Michonne have a connection unlike any couple I’ve EVER seen on Television. Ugh I’m so in love with this SHIP.
Me: Hey I have 3 exams on Monday can I have one of them moved?
Prof: Yeah I just need confirmation emails, your SSN, a letter of recommendation, a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, an in depth analysis of the epic of Gilgamesh, an oral presentation of your knowledge of Old High German, your credit card information, your favorite Georgian chant, a short speech on the importance of condensed matter physics, and a 2000 word essay on what napoleon did wrong while invading Russia
Iggy Azalea wins the Woman Of The Year Award in Australia!!
Rapper, actress and director Iggy opted for a short, sweet and funny speech that made oblique reference to mainstream media’s objectification of women.
“Thank you so much. I didn’t realize everyone was going to have such hilarious speeches and I didn’t prepare anything this week. I just want to give a big thank you to GQ for this award. I’ve won a lot of awards over the last few years, but this one means the absolute most to me because I can finally say I have an award winning vagina. Thank you.”
I think that I should tell you, that the surprise you’re about to get right now is a musical surprise. And I think that I should tell you that this is a VERY SPECIAL musical surprise and I’ll tell you why after I tell you this; the people you’re about to see on the stage could have been absolutely anywhere else in THE WORLD playing a concert but they decided to come and surprise you in Santa Clara California instead.
Another exciting thing about this musical guest- I first heard of this group when I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago. This musical group are in America to play the Teen Choice Awards tomorrow. But they decided to come here early so they’ll be here and be with you. So I really want you to treat them with the same grace that they have treated us with tonight by being here tonight. So can we all agree on the fact that you’re going to scream louder for them than you do for me the entire evening, is that right? *crowd cheers loudly* Perfect!
So they have an incredible breakout single that is smashing it on the charts as we speak called black magic.
THEY ARE STRONG, THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THEY HAVE EACH OTHERS BACK. LITTLE MIX IS HERE
Taylor swift’s whole speech before bringing little mix on stage (X)
At Andrews, Obama gave a short speech to staff that was in complete contrast to Trump’s gloomy inaugural address. While Trump spoke of inner-city “carnage”, of closed factories and crumbling infrastructure, Obama returned to his abiding theme of hope.
“You decided to believe and you knocked on doors and made phone calls,” he said. “You didn’t know how to pronounce Barack Obama, but we got to know each other and throughout it was infused with hope.”
As staff members became tearful, he added that he and Michelle had simply been “the front men”. “It’s always been about you,” he said. “All the amazing things that have happened over these last 10 years are really just a testament to you.”
Ok but is no one gonna talk about Pidge’s short speech about Turing being a “shining light in the world of science in an age when far too many were still–”???? What was she gonna say next before she got cut off???
Alan Turing, the computer scientist/mathematician who was outright punished by the British government for being a gay man?? Especially since everyone is talking about the whole thing of “exploring topics they otherwise couldn’t have with a television show”??? I know I’m most likely reading into this, but small touches like that are pretty fun to find
On 21 January 1793, Louis XVI of France (pictured above) was executed by the guillotine on the Place de la Concorde. As he put his head into the apparatus, he issued a short speech granting forgiveness to those responsible for his death and declared himself innocent of the crimes to which he was sentenced. Though he wished to say more, a drum roll began and the king was quickly beheaded. This event in the French Revolution directly led to the Reign of Terror.