people are so quick to attack the suggestion of a romantic holmes/watson relationship and yet you were all quite content to watch guy ritchie turn sherlock holmes into an action hero and irene adler into his love interest
You can change canon and…
Nor I, my friend. Nor I.
And the explanation for this is the normatives perpetuated by our media. Action heroes with buxom love interests are expected, accepted and in. Non-heterosexual protagonists are not. People aren’t really complaining about anyone messing with canon. They’re complaining about… *whispers* homosexuality.
Everyone is free to believe or disbelieve in the possibility/eventuality of canon Johnlock, and of course you can ship whatever you want. But when someone is actively angry/affronted by the possibility or suggestion of a canon non-hetero relationship, it’s hard to read that as benign.
I’m baffled by the idea of Sherlock ending up with Molly or Irene, or John ending up with Mary for that matter, because it’s textually and subtextually inconsistent with the story and characters we’ve been given. But I am in no way offended by the idea that Sherlock Holmes might have sex or fall in love with a woman. If that were consistent with this story line and these characters, I would ship it and keep my Johnlock in my fanfic. (Which is what I do with my Boffins, Durincest, Mystrade, etc., thank you very much. I’m fine with canon Kili/Tauriel, because I’m not delusional. If Mycroft got a girlfriend, I would laugh, but I wouldn’t be offended.)
We ship Johnlock for canon because the cues are there. We get defensive about it because we’re told we’re delusional for seeing them. We are derided because we’re seeing something that’s non-normative and standing up for it.
This is the sad state of our world.
You’re 100% right. But I hope that this show DOES go that route, as I believe it will, and I hope that media will start understanding that positive queer representation is important.
It’s getting better, slowly. We still have a long way to go, but we’re consistently moving forward, I think.