You know, I have never been one to actually buy into fannish ships. I mean, they’re fun to run with, and it’s fun to take things from the show and reinterpret them with a different spin.
But really and truly, I had not, previous to this season, believed that Sherlock and John canonically had a Thing. When the writers called ‘no homo,’ I believed them.
But after this episode, I no longer ship Sherlock and John ‘fannishly.’ I no longer buy the writers’ insistence that these characters are not attracted to each other. I don’t think it’s the people who want a queer reading they’re lying to. I think the ones they’re lying to are the homophobes they (or the BBC) are afraid they’d upset with an explicit queer relationship.
Fine, we may never see them snogging explicitly on screen. But it’s IN THE TEXT.
This has come across my dash about twelve times tonight, and every single time I have passed it on and told myself it was better not to get involved. But every time I see it, it just makes me more angry, and well for better or worse, I guess I am saying something, especially after seeing it reblogged with affirmative tags over and over and over again, times almost 3000, at the point of this writing.
It’s really, truly fine however you choose to interpret their relationship, fanon or canon or etc, I certainly have no reason to argue that point as it is in the end, a matter of opinion. What I take issue with in this point is this:
There is a point at which ‘queerbaiting’ becomes a ludicrous concept, a point at which you are no longer making a joke, but making reality in your story.
I fail to understand how queerbaiting is a “ludicrous concept” when it is so clearly being practiced throughout this entire series and even more so in Season 3, in my opinion. All of the many, many examples that you cited point to queer subtext, yes, absolutely, I agree…totally queer. But just because John didn’t loudly exclaim to all of god’s green earth that he was “not gay” in this episode doesn’t mean that the Sherlock tradition of rampant queerbaiting is broken.
Never going to get used to The Empty Hearse abbreviation (TEH). It just looks like someone misspelled ‘the’.