Uhoh. Maybe you should have a seat? Take a deep breath and have a seat before you read any further. Let me know when you’re ready. Get calm. Are you ready? Yes? Ok. In a recent New York Times profile of Benedict Cumberbatch, your favorite guy whom you love so much from your favorite show, Sherlock, had some NOT TOO KIND things to say about your other favorite show, Downton Abbey. Oh no! Via NYTimes:
Mr. Cumberbatch could at least relate to this aspect of the character. [Ed Note: The "high-functioning sociopath" aspect.] He recalled an encounter he’d had in January at the Golden Globe Awards, where the PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton taunted him affectionately with a trophy that had just been won by “Downton Abbey.”
He said: “I just looked at it and went: ‘Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says “Sherlock Holmes” or Steven Moffat or myself — someone else who’s more deserving than the second series of “Downton Abbey.” ’ ”
Exhibiting a diplomacy that his Holmes is not known for, Mr. Cumberbatch stopped himself from saying anything more about the rival television series.
“I know too many people who are in it,” he said. “I thought the first series was good. That’s what I’ll say.”
OOOOHHHH SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT! Downton Abbey just got Benedict CumberBURNED! Obviously this feud is hard on all of us. Who’s side are we on? Do we agree with him? Do we not know yet, because we’re following along with the Videogum TV Club and we’re only on episode 2 of the second “series”? Will our mental lives never be the same, constantly torn between loving Sherlock and loving Downton Abbey, knowing that there can only be one? That we love? Because of this thing Benedict Cumberbatch said? Life is so hard. Never let anyone tell you that life isn’t so hard.