“I think people sometimes get the wrong impression when they’re like, ‘Oh, well, so-and-so was straight and then she was gay, and now she’s straight again,’ you know? But it’s like, how many times do I have to kiss a woman before I’m gay? Everybody wants to label people. Sometimes you just fall in love with somebody, and you’re really not thinking about what gender or whatever they happen to be. I think that if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone’s going to make a big deal out of it. But if I happen to fall in love with a man, nobody cares.”—Lucy Liu to Jane Magazine in 2003 (via itsinthetrees)
“I hate the idea that when it comes to books and learning, hard is seen as the opposite of fun. It’s strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so willing to grapple - for centuries, if necessary, - with a single level of Angry Birds. When I was a student, why was I so willing to work hard (much much too hard) to make people like me, and so unwilling to read great novels or comprehend the edgelessness of the universe? I don’t have an answer, maybe I’ll find one in comments, or here at the aquarium. Or maybe I’ll find an answer looking at Melville’s great white wall of whale. But in the meantime, the search is a pleasure, and a difficult one, as most great pleasures are.”—John Green (x)
“While The Hunger Games provides all sorts of commentary on modern society: overindulgence, class issues and reality television, it also spotlights an important style accessory: pins! But Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) isn’t the only on-screen beauty to rock the look. See the most memorable pin moments in movie history in the gallery, from Carrie Bradshaw’s oversize flower brooch on Sex and the City to the iconic promise pin from Bye Bye Birdie.”—In Style Magazine.
“I’m aware of the power of looks. I’ve wanted to play roles that have gone to much better-looking people and you just think, ‘Oh well, that’s the pin-up guy’s… an actor like my friend James McAvoy, who’s gorgeous on screen. I’m not that.’ But at least I don’t have to worry about taking precious care of my face because it’s my commodity. That’s a great freedom. I’m not afraid of being heinous for the sake of a part.”—
Casting that is actually progressive in that it is outside of the “white as a default” box: Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. Let’s pretend for a moment (and I say pretend because no part of my body mind or soul believes this crap and I am happy to discuss it later, but I digress) that Katniss is INTENDED AND SUPPOSED to be non-white. Just for fun. And that we had a white Cinna. That scenario is set up as a white man of privilege helping out the poor non-white teenage girl. I don’t think that’s bad in itself, because our ideas of race really have no baring at ALL on the “races” in the book, but it’s still a white man of privilege helping out a non-white teenage girl.
What we have NOW, is by our standards a flip. We have a pretty white girl who has no agency to start with and no privilege, being helped out by a black male in SIGNIFICANTLY higher power than her. That? Is cool. It’s good casting on it’s own. And it makes for a cool dynamic when we read their race. Because their race actually has zero baring on the plot.
Casting that sounds good because it’s outside of the “white male as default” box but is REALLY PROBLEMATIC: Lucy Liu. Seriously. How is casting an Asian woman as a sidekick, who is historically the butt of Sherlock’s jokes and basically harassed by Sherlock, good? Gatiss and Moffat’s biggest change is arguably that they gave John agency and intelligence and a whole character. That is not the cannon and it’s not most adaptions. So now the silly sidekick is a woman, who will be berated by SHerlock and never, ever appear as competent as him. I LOVE Lucy as Watson. It’s a badass fucking idea and I love her and she’ll be great. But I am not okay with a minority female Watson against a white male Sherlock. I would have LOVED a female Sherlock, or a non-white Sherlock, or BOTH. I’d have LOVED Lucy as Sherlock with a male white Watson. But this? I do not love.
1. Not Jonny’s casting (as Sherlock is CANONICALLY A WHITE MALE SO CASTING HIM IS FINE) OR Lucy’s casting, but their casting against each other. The problem is casting an Asian woman as the sidekick of a white male genius.
2. The changes being made to Watson’s character seemingly because Watson is now a woman. It is not progressive to say, you’re no longer a war veteran, you’re a doctor who can’t even practice. It’s not progressive AND it’s destructive to the character.
i’m not mad because the gender swap has taken away my “gay subtext”. (omg you mean the i don’t mind a heterosexual love story too?!!?! NO WAY) i’m alsonot singularly mad because i watch the BBC version.
i’m angry because of the way this has been gone about. i’m angry because now that watson is a girl, sherlock will look like an abusive, sexist asshole if they keep him in proper character. i’m mad because girl!watson isn’t a war vet. i’m mad because she ISN’T EVEN AN ACCOMPLISHED DOCTOR, SHE’S A FAILED ONE. i’m angry because my classic literature is being shit over for no logical reasons.
i mean first of all it’s OBVIOUSLY JUST SO AMERICA DOESN’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH WATCHING TWO DUDES KISS, OR TWO CHICKS KISS
and besides fucking with canon text in fifty million ways instead of one big way, it waters down Watson’s entire character because he is now a she
army vet? nope WOMEN CAN’T DO THAT. instead Watson is a FAILED DOCTOR, NOT EVEN AN ACCOMPLISHED ONE. Watson is already Sherlock’s sidekick, already has fun poked at him, so now he just has a token minority women sidekick there to be hot and create acceptable sexual tension.
I would not have cared about an actual genderswap of them both. Or a race swap. I ALSO WOULD NOT HAVE CARED IF IT WAS TWO WHITE DUDES SINCE THE STORY IS CANONICALLY ABOUT TWO WHITE DUDES SO IT IS NOT ERASING ANYTHING. But this is a half assed cop out that is obviously ALREADY handling women poorly if they need to change it that much.
The name is Watson, Joan Watson. Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary, whose tweaks to Arthur Connan Doyle’s classic include switching Watson’s gender to female. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric Brit Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City.