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.
not wanting to date someone because you aren’t physically attracted to them doesn’t make you an asshole
wanting to sit at home watching TV instead of hanging out with people doesn’t make you an asshole
cutting off a friendship that was not satisfying to you doesn’t make you an asshole