I absolutely love that when a fandom sees a white man do something, it’s funny and it’s witty and it’s fine, but the second a woman of color does that same thing, it’s Holy Shit What a B*tch time.
Sherlock, in the BBC series, insults and belittles Sally. Every time we see them interact. He acts as though she is incompetent at her job and publicly demonizes her for her sex life, which is hers alone and none of his damn business. But apparently, that’s just fine.
But when Sally, who has worked hard to get where she is and Sherlock strikes that skill down like it’s nothing, isn’t allowed to retaliate? Yes, what she calls him is cruel, but really? Nothing compared to what Sherlock has been doing to her. We see in The Sign of Three that she’s capable, that she is competent, that she knows what the fuck she’s doing. And Sherlock acts like she isn’t. All the damn time.
Sherlock’s cruel to Sally right back and I frankly don’t give a damn who started it, I give a damn who the fandom demonizes for it.
Another example is in Elementary:
The reason Joan did this was because Sherlock had JUST DONE IT.
It a childish fit, Sherlock has broken some of their shared property, and Joan knows that sort of hissy fit throwing won’t solve a damn thing.
Joan has been a sober companion for some time now, and understands how people work. She understands how to make people understand that destructive behaviors are fruitless and that they aren’t productive, and that is EXACTLY what she’s just done.
She’s shown Sherlock that, though it might make a good stress relief to smash shit, it won’t solve anything. It will never solve anything. So she does it and proves that it’s pointless to do so.
And yet I saw so many peoplewatch this scene and say “This is when I just really started disliking Joan.”
The woman of color does something the white guy LITERALLY just fucking did. And somehow she’s the one in the wrong.
Fandom members can swear up and down they’re not racist or sexist or misogynist, but if you condemn the woman of color for the same action you condone when the white man does it?
Chances are you’re a racist misogynist and need to step the fuck off.