Sherlock's Amanda Abbington Receives Death Threats for Her Role

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Sherlock's Amanda Abbington Receives Death Threats for Her Role

Amanda Abbington, actress of Mary Morstan in Sherlock, received comments from "a small group" telling her to die.

Sherlock's season three has already come to an end as has John Watson's (Martin Freeman) time as a bachelor. Amanda Abbington made her Sherlock debut as Mary Morstan, John's romantic interest and spouse as of "The Sign of Three." From time of the show's third season production to its air date, a small group of Sherlock fans have sent Abbington death threats.

Abbington began receiving death threats while the third season was still in production. Freeman, Abbington's partner, spoke out about it a month ago [http://www.timeout.com/paris/en/cinema/film/martin-freeman-interview-i-do-enjoy-fighting], saying the people who sent death threats were "not fans of the show - they're fans of a show going on their heads."

Speaking with The Times, Abbington revealed the types of comments she received once her role on the show was disclosed. "I got, 'She should die. How dare she play Mary Morstan? How dare she!'" Abbington said. "They take the John and Sherlock storyline so seriously that they wouldn't want anyone coming between them."

Mary and John marry in the second episode, and Sherlock gives them whatever blessings he can muster. For much of the series, the show jokes that John is gay and has feelings for Sherlock. And while it would be great to see a gay couple featured in a popular, mainstream show, the show's creators, as well as Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), have all made their intentions known: Sherlock and John were never going to be interested in each other romantically or sexually.

Source: The Times [http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/article3971515.ece]


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For the love of God. The things people do because they want two fictional people to fuck. Honestly.
 

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The ridiculous thing is that she's actually really dynamite in the role. I thought she'd be a third wheel, but turns out I'm really liking her character.
 
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erttheking said:
For the love of God. The things people do because they want two fictional people to fuck. Honestly.
What?

You think this is bad?

You aint seen SHIT boy, YOU. AINT. SEEN. SHIT.

The things people would do to get two fictional characters to fuck would probable include several counts of murder.
 

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Trying to understand the thought process of someone sending these death threats just boggles my mind.
 

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Ridiculous. Groups of people like this are ridiculous. All I can say is that this was going to happened as ordained by the writer, the actress certainly has nothing to do with it. If she were to quit the show now, they would have another Mary in no time. Also, not to pick on the author, but there are gay couples in prime time and front stage television shows. Just not ones based off of classic literature.
 

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How is this a story? there are people who send death threats for the sake of sending death threats. It is like saying "oh someone said something mean on the internet".
 

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Wasn't a big fan of the wedding episode, but after last night's finale I have to say she's one of the best things that could have happened to the series. Not too sure about that ending though.
That is, the DID YA MISS ME? bit. Everything up to and including sherlock just shooting him was great.
 

Plinglebob

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For me the thing that makes the "fans" outrage go from pathetic to comical is the fact that Amanda Abbington is Martin Freeman's partner.
 

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slow news day?

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what is wrong with people? It's just tv show.
If someone really disagree with what's happening in the show then stop watching it and move on with life.
 

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So this is progay fans hating on a straight woman for being straight? Article didn't make that clear.
 

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The things some lunatics get worked up over. News flash: Watson marries in the books, so why can't he in the show? If they're complaining that Abbington doesn't quite match the book's description, then they apparently missed the memo that it's supposed to be a modern reinterpretation. Things are bound to get shaken up when it comes to the details.

roseofbattle said:
For much of the series, the show jokes that John is gay and has feelings for Sherlock.
To be honest, I'd probably have a bigger problem with this if I watched the show (even if it is a joke). Conan Doyle never intended Sherlock and Watson to be gay. It's the same problem I have with people thinking Frodo and Sam are gay. They're using contemporary assumptions to misinterpret the original context of the story.

*Aware of the potential hypocrisy of the previous statement after talking about modern reinterpretations*
 

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Neverhoodian said:
The things some lunatics get worked up over. News flash: Watson marries in the books, so why can't he in the show? If they're complaining that Abbington doesn't quite match the book's description, then they apparently missed the memo that it's supposed to be a modern reinterpretation. Things are bound to get shaken up when it comes to the details.

roseofbattle said:
For much of the series, the show jokes that John is gay and has feelings for Sherlock.
To be honest, I'd probably have a bigger problem with this if I watched the show (even if it is a joke). Conan Doyle never intended Sherlock and Watson to be gay. It's the same problem I have with people thinking Frodo and Sam are gay. They're using contemporary assumptions to misinterpret the original context of the story.

*Aware of the potential hypocrisy of the previous statement after talking about modern reinterpretations*
And now I have nothing to add to this conversation. Great.

Honestly, I never watched the show much to begin with. The books were never all that great either, honestly. They keep talking about Sherlock as the great deductive thinker, but nothing he does is actual deductive logic. It's more often inductive logic than anything. And in most of the interpretations, it's just him knowing things he has no way of knowing or being able to accurately predict, which is fucking lazy writing.

But death threats . . . People, come the fuck on! Grow up.
 

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synobal said:
How is this a story? there are people who send death threats for the sake of sending death threats. It is like saying "oh someone said something mean on the internet".
Got to agree here, I've had death and rape threats for making a YouTube video in which Pikachu dies, it sucks but this is hardly news, death threats are common currency on the Internet. I personally find them hilarious to read, though I understand not everyone feels the same.
 

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I have a message to all of the people of the internet who think it's somehow a good idea to behave this way towards actors.

[HEADING=1]GROW UP.[/HEADING]​

You're the absolute worst kind of fans ever and all your favorite celebrities hate you for it. Good day.

(Note to Mods: I'm not flaming, just venting generally.)
 

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"These people aren't fans of the show, they're fans of the show going on in theirs heads". Best way Ive heard to describe any overly attached fandom.
 

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I love these stories that just show how retarded and pathetic some people can be.

Able Seacat said:
Trying to understand the thought process of someone sending these death threats just boggles my mind.
Don't... Just don't.