Never Mind Sherlock Holmes, Say Hello To ‘Curly Fu’

Holmes and Watson and the hunt for good Wifi.

“They call me WHAAT?”

Trust us, we’re staying schtum about the goings on in Sherlock until it’s possible for an American audience to see it (so just the 16 days and counting), but you might like to know that fandom of this most British of TV shows is not restricted to countries that share a common language with the people writing the scripts.

In fact, according to BBC News’s China Blog, the real obsessive fans of Holmes and Watson are in China, and they’ve even taken to giving each of the two leads their own nicknames.

Thanks to a forum devoted to Benedict Cumberbatch and his detective alter ego, Sherlock has been renamed “Curly Fu.” Curly because of the hair, and fu being a Chinese derivation from Holmes. In honor of this unlikely nickname, the forum is entitled the Baidu Curly Fu Bar.

And naturally the comments tend towards the physical appreciation of Benedict himself. Ranging from, “The human race cannot stop the invasion of Curly Fu,” to “Curly Fu is the sexiest when he plays violin,” and even “Curly Fu is my only male god. He represents beauty and wisdom, but better with his clothes off.”

As for Martin Freeman’s John Watson, his new name comes from a play on the Mandarin “hua sheng,” which means nut and sounds a bit like Martin. Hence he’s called “Peanut.”

There’s even Chinese slashfic, in which fans seek to explore a homosexual subtext within the show. Only they don’t call it homosexual subtext, they call it “gay-citement.”

For example: “I tore myself away from bed early this morning just to watch 90 minutes of my Curly Fu and Peanut. The gay-citement has finally returned.”

And: “Sherlock tortures Watson a thousand times, and Watson loves him like his first love. I’ve waited two years, and it didn’t disappoint me.”

Sherlock returns to PBS on January 19.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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