Why is the Chinese Internet Obsessed With Writing Gay Sherlock Fanfiction?
The 37-year-old [Benedict] Cumberbatch, whom the Chinese call Curly Fu, "is the reason a new wave of Chinese viewers have turned to British television." (‘Curly' describes the star's hairstyle, while 'Fu' is a shortened Chinese transliteration of 'Holmes.')
Also: no worries about the impending Chinese takeover of the United States; we will simply harness the power of gaijin catmen.
One journalist with the Beijing-based newspaper Jinghua Times surveying viewers of the 2013 blockbuster sci-fi movie Star Trek Into Darkness found that most had gone to see Curly Fu, a villain they declared "impossible to hate" because they had "never seen a bad guy so handsome before."
As not only a fan of the Batch but a lifelong Star Trek and Khan fan, this line of reasoning is really hard to disagree with. Oh handsome brutality!
Anyway *fans self* what was I saying? Oh yeah, full circle...
Some fans cataloguing [Cumberbatch's] good traits also listed his "cute wife" Watson, whom they call ‘Peanut,' because the Chinese phoneticization of Watson, huasheng, is a homonym for the legume.
|promotional photo from the third series of Sherlock|
Oh Curly Fu and Peanut, I wish you good luck.
(original article from Foreign Policy, here.)