So firstly, it is UTTERLY HILARIOUS that Benedict so deeply considers Sherlock a bottom, mostly because I love that he’s clearly put way too much (or just the right amount, really) of thought into this.
But secondly—lately I’ve been wondering if, on some level, it even matters if Johnlock becomes canon. Which, of course, it utterly fucking matters. It would be a big step for representation and visibility; it would be great for bisexual representation and there are a whole lot of fans (gay and straight) who have been putting up with shit and rooting for this ship for so long. Me included, though I won’t pretend that their relationship representation could mean as much for me as it could for many of the queer Sherlock fans I know. But I think, in general, more and better representation helps everyone. (And I do ship this ship. Very hard.)
Okay, so yes, it would be fucking important for John and Sherlock to get together in canon. But some part of me lately has been learning to appreciate where we are now as well—hovering between considering the canon relationship physical versus emotional—no question, it is a romantic relationship, with mainstream media sources considering what Johnlock would be like as a couple, instead of just a niche corner of fandom (which exists too, of course!). That’s not the same as representation on screen—but that means something, too.
And here’s the thing about an idea: nothing—not even the heteronormative canon we may get in the end—can kill an idea. It’s only a matter of it being spread around. Oh wait…why does that sound so familiar?
It came from the “Applelock” Sherlock: Meet the Filmmaker panel made in February of this year, which is downloadable (for free) on iTunes right here.
About 40 minutes into it, Moffat’s answering a question about how they feel about the internet fandom and says that in pornographic fanfiction the characters are usually “very happy.” Benedict seems surprised/amused and asks, “Should I be? Am I well endowed?” and Steven answers, “It doesn’t see daylight for long, mate, so who knows?” which sets Benedict to giggling. After Steven continues to answer but Benedict keeps laughing, Steven chides, “Oh, Benedict, pull yourself together,” to which Benedict says, “That’s so good, that’s so good. I thought I was the one getting it, obviously not,” at about 42:20 minutes in.
Sherlock (The Reichenbach Fall): Ah, Moriarty is smart. He planted that doubt in her head; that little nagging sensation. You’re going to have to be strong to resist. You can’t kill an idea, can you? Not once it’s made a home (he briefly places his fingertip on Lestrade’s forehead )… there.