Warning: Some spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the special episode of Sherlock.
The New Year's Day special of Sherlock, was, in short, confusing.
One area of WTF in particular was its approach to feminism.
The episode, entitled "The Abominable Bride," saw Sherlock Holmes and his cronies try to solve the mystery of a supposedly dead bride wreaking murderous havoc.
Set (sort of) in Victorian London, the presence of the suffragette movement threw some feminism into the mix.
"The ghostly bride represented the invisible army of women, rising up to claim the vote and wreak vengeance on abusive men," according to The Telegraph's rave review.
But some people found this approach somewhat ~problematic~.
Because presenting women as a murderous cult might be, IDK, not that sympathetic to the fight for equality?
But wait! Cumberbatch's Sherlock seemed to say it was feminist, sooo...
There were definitely women in the episode – some not even murderers! – but while at no point were there more than two of them talking about something other than a man, that's NBD, right?
And hang on, Cumberbatch is what a feminist looks like, remember, so we're totally good. Thanks again, men.
But on Monday, Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary Morstan in the show, tweeted her disagreement to the reaction.
Abbington pointed out that the Victorian part of the show, in which the murderous portion of the plot, and Sherlock's mansplaining take place, are actually in the detective's head, and that he is a man who doesn't understand women.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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