Allllllll right tumblr, this is just a friendly neighborhood response to some of the Moff stuff floating around, provided by someone who is decidedly Not A Fan Of The Moff, but is also not interested in like, standing outside your window John Cusack style playing a dustup remix of the words “YOU SUCK” at you if you are a Moff fan. I thought maybe that… might be a good thing to put out there right now. So:
But why don’t people like Moffat? Here is a list of reasons! Here’s another one. Here’s a third. Here’s a whole blog dedicated to dealing with the assorted reasons Moffat makes people mad. Basically: he’s regularly and blatantly sexist, he’s really not great about queer folk, he refuses to take criticism, he’s got this tendency to write himself into corners, and a lot of people feel like he’s running Who into the ground.
He’s not sexist! Er. Yeah, he is. Liking him doesn’t make you sexist (although like, as a general rule, if you’re more upset about being called an “-ist” then you are about the idea that you’re perpetuating an “-ism,” probably good to take a long hard look at that, don’t you think?), but he is sexist. People who are saying this — people who are criticizing him in general — aren’t saying it because they want him to feel or look bad, or because they want you to feel or look bad for liking him. They’re saying it because he is a very visible powerful figure who has creative control over stuff they like, and it’s true. They’re saying it because being aware of this kind of thing is part of the long process of, er, getting it to stop.
Why do you even care???? Why do you even care that we even care? I mean, I assume you see how this works — taking to a blogging platform to get angry at people for caring about things you don’t care about is, in fact, caring about people caring about things that you don’t care about. That’s just… the reality of the situation. If your thought process is “I have and am airing the opinion that this person should not have or air their opinion!” then you are of course entitled to that, but try be aware that you’re, you know, being a little hypocritical.
But he’s such a fantastic writer! You can’t argue with that! You’re right, I can’t; it’s subjective and also I’d have to rewatch a bunch of stuff and frankly I can’t sit through it again. But here are some people who have already talked about why they would disagree.
God, can’t we just like what we like??? Totally! But you can’t expect everyone else to like it too, especially not when “it” is in this case a dude who has a long history of saying and doing stuff that actively makes people feel really bad — about themselves, about television they love or once loved, about their chances of seeing themselves in their media. If you honestly want to know where the anger comes from, there are plenty of resources above at your disposal; if you just want people to stop being mad about Moffat, then, with respect, you’re pretty much SOL. Them’s the breaks, etc. Hope this helps.
#SDCC Sherlock Q&A with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss & Sue Vertue.
According to co‑writer Steven Moffat, Freeman is “the sort of opposite of Benedict in everything except the amount of talent … Martin finds a sort of poetry in the ordinary man”. - From this article (x).
I was a naughty girl at the end but I took a great snap…
|—||Steven Moffat at ‘The Game is On’, 11th November 2012 (via idrillia)|