Elementary was awesome. Of course.
When Miss Hudson appeared I admit I expected her to be in some way involved in the mystery. Shamefully, it took me up until five minutes after the episode ended to realize Miss Hudson is Miss Hudson, but when I did I loved her even more. Why?
Because this is a role they could have given to any cis woman, or even a man! BUT THEY DID NOT! They gave it to a trans woman. Not so she could be The Trans Character and have some kind of plot about her being the “other” but just.. because! Because they can! Why the hell not?!
She’s just a lady, living her life, as you do, but without erasing her identity. It’s not a big reveal, she just is who she is. It’s kind of disappointing our pop culture is in such a state that this shocks me, but it did, and then it fills me with total joy. I hope she guest stars often and gets some development of her own.
Reason five billion I freaking love this show.
BBC Sherlock - “I’m not your housekeeper!”
Elementary - “I AM your housekeeper!”
As far as I’m aware, the recently introduced character of Mrs. Hudson on “Elementary” is the first actually positive portrayal of a trans woman anywhere in mainstream American media. There have been quite a few positive portrayals of trans men, but none of trans women — all previous portrayals of trans women in mainstream media have been either viciously negative or “sympathetic but horribly busted”.
Elementary is the first to get it right, at least so far. Keep it up, Elementary!
- mrs hudson: knock knock
- john: who's there
- mrs hudson: nacho
- john: nacho who
- mrs hudson: nacho housekeeper
Haha oh gosh this is going to be ridiculous.
- I wish Mrs Hudson was my grandmother.
- I’m going to be western captain for my university’s equestrian team.
- I love buckskins and appaloosas.
- I have a love for old tv shows.
- Robb and Catelyn Stark are pretty much my favorite literary characters ever.
- I’m currently trying to grow flowers and clover in pots on my windowsill.
- I kept my British literature books from last semester because the stuff up through Shakespeare is actually really interesting. (And I’d only get like five dollars at buyback since they’re really used, haha.)
- I’m actually just a history lover in general.
- I have a love-hate relationship with Dragon Age Origins.
- I love running but I feel like I never really have time to do it and enjoy it.
Elena should be posting hers on here soon. :)
With a loose definition of “soon”, mine are slightly less ridiculous than just boring.
- I alternate between aspiring to be or to date Molly Hooper. Possibly both.
- I have just come to the realisation that I’m the laziest person in the world, because my day has completely mirrored that of my cat.
- I’m getting uncomfortable starting every sentence with “I”.
- I live in the Grim Up North of England and am a bit too proud of this fact.
- I have drank fourteen cups of tea today. It’s a “revision aid”. Aiding me towards the motivation to revise. It might kick in soon.
- I have three small cacti named Audrey, Caractacus and Stormageddon. Because I can’t be trusted to look after anything else.
- If I can actually get the motivation to do the work for my A Levels, I plan to go to university to study English literature.
- I really, really, really, really, really love Neil Gaiman more than probably anything else in the world.
- I depend on the BBC for my survival and currently feel incredibly betrayed by them that nothing I like is on again until November at the earliest.
- Anything I watch, I ship nearly everything.
Favorite female character: Mrs. Hudson!
The poor woman puts up with so much, but she’s surprisingly resilient—and she never gets enough credit for that strength. She obviously loves Sherlock greatly (otherwise she’d not be able to put up with his, er, quirks) in spite of his faults. If I had to guess, I’d say that John and Sherlock are the closest things to sons she’s got.
Really, she’s just a sweet lady with a proper British “stiff upper lip,” “keep calm and carry on” attitude. I’m reasonably sure that if Mrs. Hudson were ever to leave Baker Street, England would fall.