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Their attacks? Elementary would be an upgrade, Watson!

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 6-211Director Guy Ritchie has not said that the Sherlock Holmes and Watson of his forthcoming big screen adaptation will be a gay couple. At all. What he's said is stuff like this:

"As a heterosexual couple that at moments could seem gay, they play it off very well," Ritchie said of Holmes and Watson. "These guys are sort of in love with each other. It's real mateship. It's trying to keep that balance. You have to endear yourself to them, and at times you skate on thin ice, because it's such a relationship about two men."
Guy Ritchie Explains The Tender Bromance In 'Sherlock Holmes' [MTV]

But the director's comments about his own film hasn't stopped the homo-hostile, clearly gender-roled social conservatives from attacking the unreleased movie on the sole basis that it might be too gay. This from conservative radio host Steve Malzberg:

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The Steve Malzberg Show-August 4,2009-Hour 3 [WOR]

Pure and utter detestation. Malzberg doesn't even take the time to do a simple Google search to find out the truth of the movie's central relationship. A little heterosexist birdie named Michael Medved put a "fear the gay film" meme in his daily talking points, and so Steve lets his team's already agreed-upon shunning of male-male intimacy guide him to a place of homophobic repudiation. And of course the very idea that gay love could even appear on screen leads to a decrial of this "Obama-nation."

But don't you dare accuse these folks of showing unrestrained bigotry towards gay people. It's just "the sanctity of popcorn" that they want to protect. Right?

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Posted by: DN | Aug 5, 2009 10:31:19 AM

So they're like a crime-solving Turk and J.D? And if they seem gay to us its probably just because writers werent as scared of looking gay as they are now. Hell the book version of Return of the King practically has Sam and Frodo making out.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Aug 5, 2009 11:26:19 AM

Okay, so now two guys can't even be close friends without being gay? Is this seriously the anti-gay mindset? Way to fear emotional bonds, folks.

Posted by: fuzzypony | Aug 5, 2009 2:21:29 PM

But Sherlock Holmes wasn't gay... or straight. It's the general consensus that he was asexual. I'm surprised I haven't heard AVEN's rebuttal to the movie portrayal of one of the world's most famous asexuals.

Posted by: Ashton | Aug 5, 2009 2:23:10 PM

Does this Malzberg hack have the capability of stringing together a single original thought. Every idiom that he used in that piece was plagiarized directly from the playbook of right wing hysteria. At least the Liberty's Obituary Live (lol) boys could coin a phrase or two, once in a while. Or, at least string them together is some in a less insipid fashion.

Of course, that begs the question, "Do they really have the need to be interesting?" This guy certainly doesn't seem to "feel" the need to be interesting... Maybe I'm giving him too much credit. Maybe he really doesn't have the talent to be interesting.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 5, 2009 4:29:50 PM

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