In a television interview recently, Robert Downey Jr., who plays the role of Sherlock Holmes in a new movie, has declared that Holmes and ‘his dear Watson’ might not have shared a completely platonic professional relationship. This has resulted in widespread uproar over the true orientation of Sherlock Holmes, widely regarded as the inspiration behind other detective capers like James Bond and the Pink Panther.The movie Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie, released this Christmas. Downey has said in the interview that Holmes and Watson share the bed.
Descendants of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author who created Sherlock Holmes in the 19th century, have said, “We are being harassed by dozens of hate mails for the last few days. However, some generous people also gifted us pink cigars and pink baggy hats. In fact a parcel from India had a pair of pink underwear in it.”
The recent revelations come in light of other famous characters like Albus Dumbledore also being declared as homosexuals. Pinky Gaay (who is more comfortable with his surname pronounced as ‘gay’), the PR manager of Hail the Official Merger of the Ostracized in Society (HOMOS) has said, ”This can initiate a chain reaction, much like Tiger Woods’ crash. We now expect more such characters to come out of the closet.”
Conservative estimates suggest that about 40% of all superheroes from books, movies and children’s video games might have been originally gay, but their creators had to hide their sexual preference to “appease the general public”. Many conspiracy theories accuse Batman and Robin of being gay as well. Amongst other characters questioned are Maximus (Gladiator, Rome), King Leonidas (300, Sparta) and Jai Dixit (Dhoom), although the last one was believed to gay just from the choice of the actor who played him.