I want to believe. I want to believe so badly. I don't know if I've ever wanted anything more. But I know. I know deep down that the reality is, its not going to happen. It is the least likely thing to ever happen on this show. And Its going to be utterly devastating when its confirmed its not happening by the show itself. Even worse is that people won't care. Everyone will just lie down and take the queerbaiting up the ass with no resistance. And all this just hurts. We really are deluded :(
Alright, folks. I’ve written some angsty as hell metas tonight, and I’m seeing a LOT of messages like this in my inbox. It’s time to take a moment for some positivity.
The world sucks sometimes. Shitty things happen. I’m not saying I don’t get angry – I do. But generally speaking, I’m a positive person. I believe the world not only can get better, but will. I have to. I refuse to live my life in misery because of bigots and misogynists and racists and homophobes. I’m a goddamn ray of sunshine most of the time, I really am.
This isn’t my first fandom, but it’s the first time I’ve really gotten *involved.* And it’s not because of my obsession with this show. It’s because I truly do believe something bigger and more important is happening.
Can I guarantee the creators on this show are not engaging in the most epic queerbaiting of all time? No, I cannot guarantee that. But I don’t believe it at all, based on evidence I’ve discussed here and here and here and here.
Here’s the thing. I have to believe this will happen. I just do. It took me a long time to come around to the idea – like you, I saw all the signs in seasons one and two, but never EVER thought it could become reality. Season three changed everything.
Deluded? Nah. The ones who believe what they’re told and not what they’re shown, they’re deluded. And the writers, if they really are playing bait the queers, they’re deluded too. Why? Because there’s no way to end this show now without acknowledging Johnlock.
Not unless they want to completely and utterly destroy the characterization they’ve developed. And I’m talking the type of destruction that even the most homophobic of viewers would notice. Whether you analyze a story or just passively watch, the number one reason for disengaging is false characterization. Characters drive stories; they must ring true, they must be real. When they aren’t, regardless of whether you’re aware of it, that is why you lose interest in their tale.
Take this Anon ask:
Sherlock’s heterosexuality confirmed? How can they possibly confirm something they’ve already confirmed doesn’t exist?
It’s always you.
John Watson, you keep me right.
The writers are talking to us. Not in the interviews. In the show.
So I’ll say it again. They will never “confirm” Sherlock’s heterosexuality, because they have already gone out of their way to confirm said heterosexuality does not exist.
As for John’s, this is where the lovely concept of sexual fluidity comes into play. The writers of this show are not afraid of this concept, remember. They blatantly introduced it with Irene. She identifies as gay, yet mentions several times that she sleeps with men, and she develops feelings for Sherlock. She blatantly throws this in John’s face in an attempt to make him see he is the same.
Despite the fact that he seems to identify as straight (although to be fair, he never outright confirms this, it’s always not gay, which is not the same as straight), Irene is telling John that he, too, is Sherlocked. This is not subtext, this is not metaphor. This is actual dialogue about the very real, very important idea of sexual fluidity purposefully written by the writers.
Writers do not introduce these concepts to characters only to fail on providing a payoff. John never revisits his conversation with Irene, never mentions it to Sherlock. Therefore, he will revisit idea in upcoming seasons. This is Storytelling 101.
John Watson married a woman in season three. After the wedding, we never see a single moment between John and his wife that is purely happy, free of lies, masks, deceit, hurt, anger. Not one moment. He literally, without exaggeration, knows nothing about her past, not even her name. She shoots Sherlock and afterwards tells John if he finds out about her past, that is what will make him stop loving her – as if attempting to kill his best friend wasn’t enough. Their eventual reconciliation is laced with tension and tight, controlled smiles.
This is John’s happy, hetero-ending? Really? Someone show me the happy, please. I’m not seeing it. I’m not even seeing the potential for happy.
Because this is the heteronormative lens at work. It’s not just about ignoring or dismissing homoerotic subtext and the blatant attraction between two characters of the same sex. It’s also about convincing yourself two characters of the opposite sex are in love despite all evidence to the contrary.
But they’ll never have the guts to “go there!” The ratings! The negative reaction! The Johnlock fandom is in the minority!
Yes, good, let’s talk about those ratings and that reaction. First of all, I believe they’re building towards a Johnlock ending, so viewers are going to stick it out no matter what they think of the relationship. Those of us who see the relationship for what it is will watch to the end. Those who choose to ignore the signs and believe the interviews will watch too. The ratings for the final episode will be off the charts no matter what. But let’s look at the two options and consider what they mean for ratings and popularity:
Hereronormative ending: Characterization is destroyed. Reviews are lukewarm because viewers disconnected with the unrealistic characters. The show ends having attempted (and failed) to tell yet another “bromance” Holmes/Watson tale, the end of a long, long line of similar tales.
Johnlock ending: The most oft-portrayed literary character in film and television history and his equally famous sidekick, performed by two of the most famous and beloved actors of our time, shock the world by going where no previous version dared, assuring the show and its creators landmark status in the history of an enormous franchise.
If you were in charge of this program, which would you choose?
All of this is why I believe Johnlock will happen. I have to. I refuse to concede to that lens; I refuse to not watch this show for what it is.
If you can’t believe, I understand. Because if the writers don’t deliver, yeah, it’ll be painful. But considering the love, attention to detail, and absolute passion they put into it, I can’t believe it all just comes down to petty queerbaiting – all for us, a minority audience.
Regardless of how you feel, if you ever need a Johnlock pick-me-up to restore a little faith…that’s what this blog is for.
You are amazing. Thank you, I really enjoyed reading this.
Lupita Nyong’o designed her Oscars dress
Lupita Nyong’o designed her own Oscars dress
Lupita Nyong’o designed her own gorgeous Oscars dress
fashion career after taking over hollywood mayhaps?
SLAY US WITH YOUR FASHION SENSE QUEEN LUPITA
Travolta scoping out his next victim Becfjeslihct Cubiwoisdfch
its possible that Ellen is the best human being to ever walk the Earth
Remember when Martin and Ben were like really awkward and uncomfortable-looking at the Emmy’s a couple years ago, and they were like “omg we have to stay together, we only know each other”
and now Ben’s at the Oscars alone and he’s just on fucking crack.
I bet his parents are watching and telling each this is not what they raised.
Meanwhile Martin is laughing his ass off phone in hand because he just dared Ben to do it via text message
Benedict Cumberbatch touched by Lupita’s acceptance speech
Oh god Benedict, the last one, look at him. Such a touching moment.
i think this is absolutely great. i love ben because he shows the world what it is to be an exemplary human being. he cries when he’s touched, and that makes him even tougher than any other man i know. he has that humor in him that allows him to freaking photobomb U2 and Ellen. I just really love Ben, and I eagerly await the day when the whole world will be screaming his name.
Okay i resisted reblogging this but i can’t-
Everyone has a watery eye, but but Benedict is just crying. Do you wanna know why? Because that girl up there is his friend, someone he’s worked with and befriended. He clearly appreciates her acting, and he’s so touched by her winning what she wanted since she was a child, and he just doesn’t even try to hide his tears.
This is why I love Benedict so much.
(and amen to “…I eagerly await the day when the whole world will be screaming his name”)
1. Ellen was AWESOME SHE EVEN GAVE OUT PIZZA
2. Benedict stole the show with his photo bomb and just being himself
3. Gravity stole the show with awards
4. The Hobbit fandom felt cheated
5. John Travolta does not know how to say Idina Menzel
6. The best Celebrity selfie of all time was taken
7. 12 years a slave won best motion feature
8. Cate Blanchett won best Actress in a leading role
9. Leonardo dicaprio did not win best actor in a leading role.
HE IS CRYING ABOUT LUPITA WINNING SHUT UP NOTHING MATTERS ANYMORE
aREE YOU FUCKING OHMYGOD THAT IS THE CUUUUTEST I cANNOT
there are two sides of benedict cumberbatch at the oscars
and 5 year old dork