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Sherlock And Holmes A Little Too Close For Comfort For Some!

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Could Guy Ritchie have squandered his rights to a Sherlock Holmes sequel due to Sherlock and Watson's "close" relationship??

A little friendly gay subtext never hurt anyone!

The literary estate of Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has reportedly threatened to take away Ritchie's rights to the story if he includes the "homoerotic subtext" in the next Sherlock flick!

Robert Downey Jr. jokingly suggested the possibility of his character being a "very butch homosexual," but Andrea Plunket, the woman in charge of the rights to Sherlock in the U.S., was not amused.

"I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humor," said Plunket.

"It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books," she concluded.

Does that mean no hot Downey-on-Law action in the sequel???


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55 comments to “Sherlock And Holmes A Little Too Close For Comfort For Some!”

  1. Ammie says – reply to this


    Andrea Plunket is outright offensive.

  2. 2

    I love Robert Downey and his black sense of humour too.

  3. 3

    Black sense of humor?!

  4. pomme says – reply to this


    it may be the one and only interesting stuff in the movie because there is no storyline

  5. 5

    Sherlock And Holmes - er dont you mean Sherlock and Watson? Idiot. Proof Read.

  6. 6

    Oh they have their panties in a bunch over nothing. It seems no one can joke without someone getting pissy. Now that's sad.

  7. 7

    Oh Dear Mother of God Perez WOULD YOU PLEASE **GET OVER YOUR GAY SELF**??

  8. 8

    oh boy, EVERYONE knows watson & holmes are a couple !

  9. 9

    No what's sad is that everything has to be seen through Politically Correct eyes in order to be deemed. Another case of, "let's rewrite history to suit our purposes" Go Gollywood.

  10. fiona says – reply to this


    Most of us don't care to see homosexual sex.

  11. 11

    well she clearly hasn't read the books very closely. Sherlock and Watson are pretty gay. Who cares if there's a 'homosexual' subtext? Isn't that implied in all British movies anyway? ;) )

  12. ap076 says – reply to this


    He was an actor making a joke on the Late show, my god, can I provide Ms. Plunket with some aid removing that stick from your ass.

  13. 13

    Reading the comments on this page and the story; where do I start? where?

    Sherlock and Holmes? FAIL

    When did Holmes express a love interest? When was that ever the plot of the books? When? He's a detective…

    Why are we even talking about this?

    Homosexual issues matter, but let's not just make issues up for the hell of it…

  14. ap076 says – reply to this


    I think this was an example of Downey's GENERAL sense of humor not BLACK sense of humor. Popular themes of black humor include rape, murder, suicide, war, drug abuse, terminal illness, abuse, insanity, disease, racism, disability, both physical and mental, chauvinism and crime.
    In this day and age, I would not include being gay among those themes.

  15. 15

    So Guy Richie is not homophobic?

  16. 16

    mario fuck you and all your gay shit(on the cock)

  17. 17

    This is unbelievable. Do not rewrite history to appease some other demographic. IT's like forgoing learning about Shakespeare to learn about Langston Hughes just because he's black, and God knows everything must be equal. People need to stop worring about if everyone is equally represented in literature and start forcusing on whomever is just plain the best.

  18. 18

    They have some amazing chemistry. I would watch them get it on!

  19. 19

    That pic looks like fun to add thinking bubbles too…

  20. 20

    UMM I think RDJ was just joking>>>>> I watched this movie I did not get a gay vibe at all….

  21. 21


    Plunket's on the money.
    Being a decades-long avid reader and fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories there never was anything that suggested anything but a mere close friendship and mutual admiration between Holmes and Watson.
    Too many gays seem to always need to suggest that just because a man, fictional or otherwise, remains single, a bachelor, that that person or character MUST be queer just so they can say…AHA! See! Another forced-to-be-in-the-closet gay man!.
    Bullshit. Not everything needs to be converted to displaying gay just because gay is the new black.
    (Due to posting limits this post is continued on another one post)

  22. 22

    In the books he is an opium addict, and yet THIS is what she's worried about? What a freak.

  23. 23


    (Continued from previous post)
    Although, as I've already said on a couple other Downey, Jr/Rithcie posts, I'm a big fan of RDJr. the movie had nothing to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Great detective outside of the names of the characters and being set in Victorian era England.
    The movie brought nothing positive nor neither advanced the Holmes legacy in any way. It was merely another lame over-the-top Hollywood-style CG action film for the lowest common denominator low-brow masses, particularly the 13 to 25 set who've been steeped in over-the-top Hollywood junk all their lives.
    Now it's being rumored that Brad Pitt is being considered for the role of Professor Moriarty. Puhleeze. I like Pitt, but if one knows the character Brad's not going to be a right fit for Moriarty. The great Tim Curry would be one of the real actors to consider for that epic role.
    Oh well. For those of us who are avid fans of and true appreciators of Conan Doyle's stories and the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson there's always the books themselves and the great and hands-down ultimate portrayal by the late great Jeremy Brett in the BBC series of the '80s/'90s.


  24. 24

    I've read a lot of Sherlock Holmes stories…there's tons of homosexual tendencies in them!

  25. 25

    NOO I love some me some homo eroticism!

  26. 26


    Re: furiousfelinefuries


    Really? Please site examples to support that contention.




  27. 27

    Let me start out by saying that I have absolutely nothing against homosexuals. Two of my best friends in the world are gay and lesbian. That being said, what I do have a problem with is when people like Guy Ritchie try to take someone else's intellectual property and change it to forward their own agenda, or make it 'edgy'. Sherlock Holmes was -not- a homosexual. He will never be a homosexual. We're talking about classic literature here. He, Guy Ritchie, can't just be like "Hmm, I think I'm going to make Holmes and Watson gay now". He doesn't have that right. (I am also aware Mr. Ritchie is not gay, I'm just saying this to make a point;) Just because you're gay (not you personally, gays in general) and you want a straight character to be gay, doesn't mean they're going to. I could go the other way as well, if a character is written originally as gay and you want them to be straight, tough luck champ.

  28. 28

    You did not write this character and you don't have a right to determine their sexual orientation. I recently had a discussion about this same topic on a forum about the video game Dragon Age. Someone was complaining about the fact that one of the romancable characters is straight. Well that's too damn bad. Maybe the character was written as a straight character because the author had the intention of writing it that way. When I first heard about these homosexual undertones in the movie during the summer is when I decided against going to watch this. In closing, I'm glad Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate is taking a stand on this, because I'm sure he was turning over in his grave.

  29. 29

    I find it amusing groups who fight for equal rights keep telling me they are different? Here is your message…treat me the same as you…but btw I am different! wtf? just be.

  30. 30

    Stop trying to make us watch Gay loving, the fact that we respect it does not necessarly mean we want to see it okay ? why can't we have a nice story plot without offending us ! we dont want to see downey and law sexing it up on screen ! ewww!

  31. 31


    Re: furiousfelinefuries


    …still looking feverishly for those "tons of homosexual tendencies" of Holmes and Watson, furious?
    Take your time, we'll all wait patiently. We know you can do it!


  32. 32

    The owners should stop being such Hitlers about it. We'll never get any good films if actors are told exactly how to play a part. If D Jr gets that vibe from his character he should be allowed to go with it.

  33. 33



    Re: furiousfelinefuries –


    Really? Please site examples to support that contention.




    …still feverishly lookin' for those examples of "tons of homosexual tendencies" in the Holmes and Watson characters and stories?
    Take your time. We'll all wait patiently. Know you can do it, kiddo!


  34. Dwud says – reply to this


    Perez… do you mean Holmes and Watson?… (because Sherlock and Holmes are the same person).

  35. 35

    Sherlock and WATSON????? Not Holmes idiot.

  36. 36

    I'm thinking you should change the title. But other than that, what the fuck?! The gay subtext made it so much better! I think this women needs a reality check. Seriously, there's nothing wrong with how they did it. All it is a different take on the series, which is something that happens all the time.

  37. 37

    ENOUGH with the gay shit! I know, your queer, your here blah, blah, blah…
    I'm so tired of having the gay agenda forced on me everytime I want to watch a movie, read a book etc…. I just saw the movie and thought it was GREAT! A sequel is obvious and any homesexual subtext or undertone that was not present in the first movie should not be in the second!!! If it ain't broke…and yes, I believe Robert Downey Jr. has a wicked sense of humor which is part of his charm. If Ms. Plunkett is offended it's probably because she's also tired of the gay agenda being forced into everything.

  38. 38

    oh, boo-hoo.

  39. 39

    he's not a real person you stupid bitch

  40. k-lee says – reply to this


    Why does everything have to have homosexual undertones?

    Not necessary, especially in this movie. Please spare it.

  41. 41

    Gay = cash bandwagon.
    see kesha above.

  42. gloom says – reply to this


    Bitch cant take a fuckin joke

    obvious homophobe…

  43. 43

    I saw this movie today & I didn't not get a gay vibe AT ALL. Besides, Watson was involved with Mary & he was adamant to keep his relationship with her.. and not in the I'm-trying-to-prove-I'm-straight way. Honestly, if there's a "gay subtext" it'd come from left field & be weird/awkward.

  44. 44

    You run a seriously trafficked website and you can't afford fact checkers and proof readers? Also people are being ridiculous. Bored, easily scared idiots want to find villains everywhere and "homosexual subtext" agenda seems very convenient these days; it's like communists in the '50s. Apparently no one has ever heard of "homosocietal" relationships… which are ALL OVER Victorian and Romantic literature. It's just stupid to freak out about it now… the source material is extremely old and I challenge anyone to read the books and not question the relationship briefly… it wouldn't hurt anyone to actually read a f*cking every once in a while.

  45. 45

    I just saw this over the weekend and there was nothing wrong with it and the undertone was more of a stilted awkwardness between the two lead characters as one would expect from men having a hard time showing open admiration for each other; This is Victorian era Britain afterall. Robert Downey Jr. is phenomenal as usual.

  46. 46

    Downey on Law? Yes, please!!

  47. 47

    they shouldnt make a sequel mainly because the movie pretty much sucked. the movie had no soul, no originality and bad directing.

  48. 48

    Cheshire Kate # 44 You're joking, right?

  49. 49

    Re: xqueenx – If anyone hasn't read the books - its you… Holmes and Watson gay! you're as deluded as Perez..

  50. 50

    Re: Spindoc – Holmes is not an addict in the accepted sense i.e. constant cravings having daily fixes…The only time he ever takes heroin is when he has no case on the go and is bored out of his box…that's when he uses heroin - and only then.

  51. 51

    Re: furiousfelinefuries – You obviously read the spoof gay versions written by Mario…

  52. 52

    I've read all the Sherlock stories, and not once have I perceived even a hint of homosexuality.
    There's nothing wrong with staying true to the characters; there's nothing wrong with NOT inventing (or adding) sexuality that doesn't exist. I think RDJ is a great actor, and I love his sense of humor. But I also understand why the guardians of Doyle's legacy would get a bit uptight about the corruption of the work.
    Movies don't always need to be about sex, homosexual or otherwise. If a screenplay is well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, the introduction of inappropriate sexual undertones is pointless and insulting to the millions to appreciate the stories for exactly what they are.

  53. 53

    Re: PENNSYLVANIA GIRL – LOL, that about sums it up, Penn Girl.

  54. 54

    Re: stamina

    The very fact that you consider this to be "rewriting history" speaks volumes.

    Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character.

  55. 55

    Its called a HOMO-SOCIAL Relationship.
    Like Frankenstein and the monster…..