CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS
CAN WE TALK ABOUT CBS AND RACE
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ASIAN WOMAN IN A LEADING ROLE
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE BLACK MAN IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW NINE EPISODES IN AND THE CLOSEST THING TO A RACE JOKE WAS JOAN WHAT THE HELL IS THIS SHIT
RACIAL HUMOR: YOU’RE DOING IT FUCKING RIGHT
THAT IS ONE CLASSY FUCKING RACE JOKE
AND I AM PROUD OF YOU, ELEMENTARY AND CBS
Nope, not a race joke. British isn’t a race. (Neither is English.) It’s a poke at a British stereotype, though — the idea that all British people are experts at making tea (and drinking it). But then, as I recall, E!Sherlock is more of a coffee person?
1) it’s not a race joke and 2) it’s not a dig at british people — it’s a dig at USians, specifically towards a CHINESE USian woman. it’s a white dude being snobby/superior about being white and british (and fandom LOVES this). to a chinese woman. about tea. where do you think tea was invented. hint: not britain.
sherlock ends up being wrong, but that’s not what this line in particular is about. so i don’t understand why ppl love it so much, except that what it really says is, ‘yay, (white) britain.’ and ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about, asian american woman.’
“think it’s because i’m quiet” — that’s a joke, of sorts, about racism and stereotyping, from a poc about his own experiences. (white people making jokes about racism…well, tread carefully, i guess, and you’ll probably still get stuff wrong.)
and, like, elementary might be better than some shows i could name, by having lucy liu in its main cast (and jon michael hill, to a lesser extent, because he is under-used and under-developed on the show) and not making all its characters of colour helpless victims, dead or villains. that still doesn’t mean it’s super great or progressive.
of all the episodes to crow about ‘diversity’, elementary fandom, 1.09 isn’t it. and the fact that the OP can call watson and bell, “THE asian woman” and “THE black man”, respectively, speaks a lot to its LACK of diversity, actually (guess which group you could not do that with. go on, guess).
it’s not a joke that sherlock whitesplains about ‘chinese culture’ and that this episode is crawling with white saviours. well, it should be a joke, at best, but it’s not treated that way on the show. and certainly not something that needs to be celebrated by fandom. i don’t mean people shouldn’t enjoy the show, but all this approval of how it treats race/racism and poc…is unearned and unnecessary. and flat-out wrong, when more subtle forms of racism and whiteness/white-gaze are upheld.
MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK WHEN I GET TO WATCH MY FAVORITE SHOW AAAAH :D :D :D
First few minutes of the new ep = :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD EVERYTHING THAT IS WONDERFUL IN THE WORLD