Conan Doyle's Estate Will Not Allow A Gay Sherlock Holmes

By Katey Rich 2010-01-04 14:37:20discussion comments
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I was immensely entertained by the homoerotic subtext of Sherlock Holmes, in which Watson and Holmes frequently gazed into one anothers' eyes, got jealous over each others' girlfriends, and stood a little too close together while on missions. I would probably be the first in line to see an actually gay version of Sherlock Holmes, but even I don't think it's really a good idea.

But even though a Holmes-on-Watson makeout is probably never going to happen, the owner of the U.S. copyright to Arthur Conan Doyle's work wants you to know that if Guy Ritchie is ever tempted to make that a reality, she will totally lose it. Responding to Robert Downey Jr.'s joke on Letterman that Holmes might be a "butch homosexual," Plunket said, "I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future."

As reported by Digital Spy, Plunket went on to equivocate that "I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books." If anyone were actually seriously considering making a gay Holmes and Watson-- anyone other than the likely busy gay porn producers, that is-- Plunket might have a reason to be running her mouth. But right now she doesn't just look gullible, but also frighteningly homophobic.
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