sexism is the fact that you can make john watson an animal
you can make him into a cyborg
and nobody has a problem
but as soon as you make him into a woman of color
everyone loses their shit
Sexism AND racism*
I never thought Joan Watson was the problem. Not the fact that she was a woman, and not the fact that she is of colour. I haven’t even heard people /mentioning/ the latter (and if they are, then they are probably the usual haters). People seem to forget where the scepticism to Elementary comes from, and so they make up new theories. It started with the fact that first there was Sherlock (BBC), the first big 21st century Sherlock. Then it was announced that Elementary was going to come, and the producer talked about it as the first modern-day Sherlock, and it pissed people off. They felt like that they used Joan Watson as a cheap trick to add ‘originality’ to it, and the producers didn’t even mention Sherlock or credit it in any way. People naturally reacted to this. And I think that was why many reacted to John as a woman - not because she was a woman, but she was made into a cheap trick to get originality, a trick to escape copyrights, plagiarism etc. That is not something you use /anyone/ for. Luckily, Lucy Liu is a BAMF, and after the series was launched, you were never left with that impression. Just too bad that the bragging of the series from the producers lead to so much hate and wank during the production of the series. This is how I remember it.
I don’t think your gender matters - I am against sexism. I support equality entirely, but please don’t make this into something it ain’t.