The BBC have released a new trailer for the upcoming season of Sherlock, but fans are accusing the broadcaster of queerbaiting.
I hope the word "queerbaiting" becomes obsolete in 2017 and no one ever uses it ever again unless talking about BBC Sherlock
— undeniably married ⛸ (@koukounut) December 11, 2016
From 1 January, the BBC will air the hit show’s fourth season, consisting of three new episodes.
if the new sherlock trailer is queerbaiting in the year 2016 i'm going to personally seek out steven moffat and put him in the bin
— hi im tanya (@tanyatlh) December 11, 2016
The new trailer, released on Sunday (11 December), shows Benedict Cumberbatch as the world’s most famous detective once more being confronted by his past demons.
okay look I love sherlock as much as the next guy and the trailer has me shook but they really need to stop with the queerbaiting
— 🎄eve 🎄 (@bookofmxrvel) December 11, 2016
Fans mainly encounter a mix of familiar and new faces – inluding the detective’s brother Mycroft as well a new villain – and a burning house looking at lot like the Holmes’ family home.
In the last scene, Sherlock looks at the camera saying ‘I love you’ to an unspecified person.
In other news: Sherlock queerbaiting intensifies
— HorseWithNoName (@FemyBagyoBorn) December 11, 2016
The fandom was onto it in a heartbeat, saying there’s only one possible person he could’ve said it to: his best friend and presumed love interest, John Watson.
Has BBC Sherlock gone too far with the queerbaiting in this trailer
— Leon(Ari)d McCoy (@QueerMages) December 11, 2016
But if you think the Johnlock shippers would rejoice, you’re wrong – the opposite is the case.
If that sentence leaves you confused: Johnlock is the couple name for John (Watson) and Sherlock, and shipping has nothing to do with big boats, but rather with hoping two characters of a show/book/game become a couple.
sherlock: *says "i love you" in the trailer, shows john's shocked face*
me: theyre just. queerbaiting again dont do this–
— 🐀 (@2002gloss) December 11, 2016
Ever since Sherlock first aired, showrunners Steven Moffat and (the openly gay himself) Mark Gatiss have been accused of queerbaiting their audience.
Through their close friendship and living together, Sherlock Holmes could always be read with a queer subtext.
ok the new sherlock trailer is THE biggest example of queerbaiting i have EVER seen
— ♡ linds ♡ (@captainmairica) December 11, 2016
Moffat and Gatiss are adding even more to it, fans are saying, but have no intention of ever following through with the hinted at near-relationship.
Watch the trailer below:
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