Co-creator of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ has clarified that the detective is NOT gay, despite what fans are hoping!
Steven Moffat, co-creator of Sherlock with Mark Gatiss, told Entertainment Weekly that, no, Sherlock Holmes is not gay, despite what fans believe.
“We walk into that one all the time. It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, ‘I don’t do that at all.’ He’s been saying it over 100 years! He’s not interested in [sex]. He’s willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure – a Victorian belief, that,” he said.
“But everyone wants to believe he’s gay. He’s not gay. He’s not straight. And Doctor Watson is very clear that he prefers women. People want to fantasise about it. It’s fine. But it’s not in the show.”
Steven Moffat seems to be going back on his words. In 2010, he told the Daily Mail that he wasn’t sure if Sherlock was actually gay or not, “They [Sherlock and John] are just incredibly good friends. If Sherlock is gay, and who knows if he is, then I don’t think he fancies John.”
The rumour mill surrounding Sherlock’s sexuality was once again speculated about a few months ago when the show’s star Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on The Nerdist podcast. Presenter Chris Hardwick implied that Sherlock was similar to Steven Moffat’s other character of the Doctor from Doctor Who.
Cumberbatch refuted this idea saying, “He talks fast and is clever, that’s literally the only bracket they share. They’ve got different dress senses, different tastes in the sex of their partners.” Whether Cumberbatch meant platonic or romantic partners is up for some heavy discussion amongst fans.
Cumberbatch has also said that Sherlock is not asexual though he has been characterised as such by critics, “I don’t know how that came about. […] Like a lot of things in his life where he’s purposely dehumanised himself, it’s to do with not wanting the stuff that is time wasting, that’s messy. That goes for certain relationships, as well as sexual intimacy.”
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