First, it’s hilarious that people think we’re reading something into the show that isn’t there. It’s hilarious because there is SO MUCH THERE, you don’t even need subtext. You just need the plot of the show. The entire show, the entire ACD canon, is built around the extraordinarily devoted and exclusive relationship between John Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
That is the entire point.
The entire point of the books, the short stories, every film that ever been made, and this show. It’s about John and Sherlock. It’s about their friendship, their love for each other. And in this version, it is so desperately obviously romantic. Gatiss has REPEATEDLY discussed the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as the inspiration for the show, and has openly talked about how Sherlock was in love with John.
That IS what is going on here. Gatiss has outright TOLD us this. There’s no argument, no rebuttal. Sherlock is in love with John.
Now, you want to argue John isn’t in love with Sherlock, fine, have at it. But one of the showrunners has flat out told us his inspiration for the show, and it’s tPLoSH, where Sherlock was in love with John Watson. Dropping my mic on that issue.
What’s heartbreaking is that people refuse to see this and spread hate to other people because it’s two men. That is the long and the short of it. If this was a heterosexual relationship, there would be no controversy, no question. No one would wonder if they were in love, or if Mary was a substitute for Sherlock because John thought he’d lost him. It would be obvious that Mary was the substitute. No one would wonder if this was a hetero relationship.
And that, that is really heartbreaking, because it shows how much farther we still have to go. That two people, so obviously in love, so desperately devoted to each other, so willing to selflessly sacrifice for one another…that they can’t be in love because they have the same anatomy…that just rips my heart out.
That people would spend time trying to debunk that relationship, to hate and ridicule the people who see that relationship as beautiful and genuine, that is also heartbreaking. Hate the relationship, and hate the people who recognise and value it. Unreal.
If you don’t want to see Sherlock and John as a couple, that’s fine. We won’t hate you for it.
But for 133 years, people have seen something more between these two men, something beautiful and romantic. And we’re simply saying, let’s acknowledge this finally. Let’s say, in 2014, that Holmes and Watson can actually acknowledge what’s between them and be together.
And if anything proves that television and media NEED that, it’s this hate-spewing by the anti-Johnlockers.
Love is love.
Wham bam thank you ma’am