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Honestly, people just need to stop overshipping.
Interesting fact: No, they don’t.
People can ship just as much as they want, and who they want. They can ship a completely non-canon pairing, and ship it to the ends of the earth. Or, they can ship nothing. They can write fanfiction, or draw fanart, or they can write analytic essays detailing points within a canon, to justify why they ship what they ship. People can disagree with what is considered canon, and they can find subtext in places where there is none. They can discuss, joke, tease, laugh, and argue their ships with other like minded people.
But do you know what people do just need to stop doing? Sending hateful anonymous messages about things that have no effect on them in any way, shape, or form. And this goes for each end of the shipping spectrum. I don’t go into someone’s ask box, berating them for not shipping something. What right do they have, coming into mine, doing the same thing because I do?
This one here? Is possibly the most polite ‘hate anon’ I’ve ever received about johnlock. Most get deleted, because I don’t like to subject my followers to homophobic slurs and bigotry.
To me, this isn’t even an issue of overshipping. It’s an issue of queer representation.
People have been on this Holmes/Watson thing since the stories were first published. Because there was no representation for queer people in mainstream fiction in Doyle’s era (and it’s still not fantastic now, BTW), so queer readers had to look for clues and coded text to make any sort of connection with a character who might think and feel as they do.
Do I think Doyle thought “Holmes is gay as a glittery rainbow!” or “This man is ace, obviously.” when he wrote “Women have seldom been an attraction to me…”. Probably not. But to a queer person looking for someone like them, that’s what it means. And it can mean different things to different people, and that’s fine too.
Ultimately, for queer folks who may be looking for a meaningful, emotional, complex same-sex relationship in media, some or all forms of Holmes/Watson might be as good as it gets.
So don’t tell people to stop overshipping because you very well may be saying “Stop looking for people like you, they don’t exist” without even meaning to.