Friday, 23 July 2010

Sherlock: Feel The Fury

'BBC's Sherlock Holmes Gay Subtext Sparks Fan Fury,' shouts The Daily Star today.
The new three-part series, Sherlock, starts on Sunday and was co-written by Mark Gatiss - the gangly gay one from out of The League of Gentlemen.
He's included a bit of knowing but gentle gay banter between Holmes and "My dear Watson".
Watson; “Do you have a boyfriend? Because that’s fine.”
Holmes; “I am married to my work but I am flattered you like me.”
Shocking stuff, isn't it?
One doesn't need to be a great detective to wonder if there was anything else going on between those "two gentlemen sharing."
The "gay subtext" has never been far from the surface - which is what Gatiss actually seems to be commenting on, the joke is that so many people think that they're a couple.
It was even in Guy Ritchie's recent movie, Sherlock Holmes.
"I think the word 'bromance' is so passé. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed,' Robert Downey Jr quipped to David Letterman.
The Daily Star quote Gatiss saying matter-of-factly; "If you don’t like it it’s fine because the character is one of the most filmed ever so there’ll be another one along soon.”
But would this be enough to placate the "fan fury"?
Or more to the point, was there actually any?
The Star tracked down "Holmes fan Peter Stewart, 43, who organises detective book fairs"
He told them: “I don’t like the idea of a Sherlock Homo. That’s certainly not what Sir Arthur had on his mind.”
A line so painfully forced that one might deduce that a journalist had made it up.
Quotes from Sherlock Holmes that might throw some light on this story are legion, but let's go with this one; "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing. It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different."

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