does it ick anyone else out how often sherlock insults his brother by fat shaming him, to the point where mycroft may have body dysmorphia? and he never ever gets called out on it?
In Doyle’s original stories, Mycroft Holmes is a super genius, “IS the British Government,” and hates talking to anyone. He belongs to a special club that consists of dudes WHO DO NOT WANT TO TALK, EVER. He’s super lazy, way way WAY smarter than Sherlock Holmes, and is a big fat fatty. Like, he’s planet sized. He’s OMG DEATH FAT. And he doesn’t give a FUCK.
For whatever reason, the writers of “Sherlock” have made it canonical that Mycroft Holmes used to be fat and now isn’t, and also throw in a lot of fat jokes at him. A lot. A huge amount. A constant reminder that once a person has been fat, no matter how much weight they lose or how long they keep it off, they will always and forever be fat and deserve to be constantly reminded of their fat fatty fat inferiority and mocked for it.
This is a choice that the writers made. They chose to do this. They apparently thought it was a GOOD choice.
And a lot of fanfic writers have picked up on this and portray Mycroft with an eating disorder or exercise compulsion and have other people call Sherlock out on his cruelty. Because, once again, “amateur” writers display a greater depth of understanding of actual human behavior and motivation and consequences than professional highly paid writers.