This Is Why He'll Always Be the Best Watson: Martin Freeman Hilariously Calls Lucy Liu a Dog
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This Is Why He'll Always Be the Best Watson: Martin Freeman Hilariously Calls Lucy Liu a Dog

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | December 11, 2012 | Comments ()


Ah, the British. They're droll accents allow them to get away with anything. Asked about what he thinks of his counterpart CBS's "Elementary," the Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's "Sherlock," claims to have seen bits and pieces, mostly dismisses the question, and then calls Lucy Liu a dog, in what is CLEARLY a joke.

But if Brad Pitt says that, or Angelina Jolie, or half of America's A-listers, someplace like HuffPo will pick it up, take the quote out of context, ignore the video evidence, and level it against the other celebrity as an actual insult because that's how we roll in Amuhrica!

Never stop being you, Freeman.

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  • TheDapperDon

    ...and to those that call him racist - That's utterly ridiculous. As I've explained earlier, this is not a racist slur and his allegedly racist earlier comments were mis -read and misinterpreted by the overly-politically correct . Anyone who has read that article, would also have read that he finds racism abhorrent.

  • TheDapperDon

    The reactions here are absolutely ridiculous and the whole thing has been completely blown out of proportion.
    In the UK, an ugly woman, is often called "a dog" - It's slang, a colloquialism, used frequently. When Martin Freeman uses the term in the interview, he is blatantly being sarcastic - He doesn't have to have a smile on his face, he doesn't then have to say it was a joke afterwards - That's the point of sarcasm, you say something so ridiculous, so opposite to the truth or what you believe, that people know that you mean the opposite. He then qualifies it with the smile and the fake way he responds afterwards, claiming to be "the glamour" of Watson - He's not glamorous at all - Get it?
    If you look at Wikipedia it explains that "different parts of the brain must work together to understand sarcasm"
    Sadly, it would appear that the majority of contributors on here lack that ability, along with the subtlety also required for its understanding.

  • Teabelly

    His delivery was perfect.

    Man, this is a prime example of why I can never attempt to be funny/dry in my emails to my US work colleagues. I know email is notoriously difficult for tone anyway, but it just doesn't work and they take me seriously and it makes me sad.

  • I'd literally spend all day having to apologise and retract my statements if people couldn't understand me to the level of the comments for this video.

  • sherlockzz

    I love all iterations of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock should live forever. A female Sherlock would be all right with me, as would Sherlock in space. But,I might be a little biased.

  • Idle Primate

    And the comment section here demonstrates why American celebrities shy away from being witty

  • Idle Primate

    How you roll in amuhrica. . .sort of like what SLW did today on pajiba.

  • So if he's saying she's ugly when she's pretty, does that also mean that his comment that she's charming means she's an utter bitch?

  • be

    lol he's a racist dick so
    and ugly as fuck
    fuck martin freeman
    you dont call a woman of color a dog
    and you dont listen to some white prick call a woc a dog without realizing how grossly racist it is
    martin freeman wishes he could get a sniff of her ass hairs thats how thirsty he is for the high priestess

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Hmm... IQ of an unripe grapefuit? Check.
    Foul mouthed tirade? Check.
    Adding racism to a discussion where it's clearly not a factor? Check
    Waste of skin and oxygen... completes the list.

  • Cynthia Grace

    "Dog" has been historically used as a racial slur against the Chinese by the British. If he had "jokingly" called a black actress a n***** would you think that was OK too?

  • NynjaSquirrel

    LOL - now you're making shit up. I'm British and there's absolutely no truth in your lies at all. You're stretching to find offense where absolutely none was intended. This is why no one likes to play with Americans any more.

  • Kala

    Couldn't watch the video earlier (damned job), so I was expecting something rather horrible. I'm really surprised at how seriously people are taking this. It's clearly sarcasm. The man even goes on to discuss how charming she is. How in the world is there confusion over this?

  • Cynthia Grace

    Because he called her a racial slur? Because of the context of his other racist comments in the past? Because of the general bizarre and offensive way that Sherlock people have been reacting to Elementary?

  • Shy

    That was a joke? Where should we laugh? He said it with complete serious face without any hint that this is joke. I lost a lot of respect for him.

    Did he said afterwards that this was joke? Or it’s just bloggers and people who comment assumed that this was joke simply because no public actor can say such horrible and offensive words about woman. I want this to be joke. But he said it with complete straight and serious face. And add that fact that Lucy is no Angelina Jolie, You could believe that he was serious.

  • Teabelly

    He said it with complete serious face without any hint that this is joke.

    That's how we do it here. If you have to gurn and wink to let people know you're kidding it kinda loses the point. She is clearly an attractive woman, that's how you know he's not being serious. That and I don't think he's dumb enough to say something like that and mean it in an interview.

  • Idle Primate

    The joke is they play the same character. He was doing faux bitchy jealousy. Is this not obvious?

  • Cynthia Grace

    Except there was nothing "faux" about it.

  • Idle Primate

    yeah, because people in the film industry go about publicly calling each other dogs all the time. any particular reason he would be jealous either?

  • Jim Slemaker

    It was not adroitly delivered. But he got no effin' help from the interviewer who clearly is no proper straight man. As for "Elementary", I like Johnny Lee Miller okay as a twitchy, nervous Nellie Sherlock, but Liu's Watson brings nada to the the table. The chemistry is lacking, and as the original Sherlock stories are really Watson's, this is a major misstep, in my opinion.

  • Pookie

    Who the fuck is this motherfucker calling Lucy Liu a dog? just for talking shit I hope the “Hobbit” bombs and you have to take your ass back to obscurityville. Dustin, every time I turn around you protecting these motherfucker from across the pond, cut that shit out. Fuck them and their bad teeth and their fucking marble mouth accent. Good luck playing a hobbit you asshole, you'll never in your life get anywhere near that Hollywood pussy.

  • Idle Primate

    Ah Pook. I aspire to your tact and always wish I could sell it with aplomb as you do. But I got banned once for speaking the gospel about the Rowles to freely. Now, I leave it to the master

  • Slash

    I have missed you, Pookie. I know you got a life and all that and probably don't have time to comment on everything, but I always enjoy your no-holds-barred comments. For reals.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Behold the pookiening!

  • All this pond talk makes me wish someone was writing Animals of Farthing Wood/Pookie fan fiction.

  • Justin Kuhn

    I understood this to mean he'd quite like to have it off with Lucy Liu, as would most of us.

  • Drake

    I think his attempt at humor failed miserably, but I'd still pick up his wee little self and scrog his ears off.

  • Jezzer

    Joke, schmoke. It's still shitty, unfunny, and lacks class.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Do I detect twisted panties there?

  • Jezzer

    Nope. I'm just pointing out that this would be considered inexcusable if it were coming from someone else, but it's apparently adorable if it comes from a Pajiba Darling.

  • Blake

    She's actually a Monkey*...

    *According to Chinese Horoscopes (1968). She'd have to born in 1970 to be a Dog.

    "Dog" is also an adjective that would never be used to describe someone who looks this good...

  • FlatWhat

    They’re droll accents allow them to get away with anything

    THEY'RE?! Really?

  • Beppo

    I had to reread your statement several times, because you failed to put quotation marks around the first sentence. Way more egregious than the "they're" typo.

  • Buck Forty

    More egregious is that you need quotation marks around a quoted sentence in order to know it is a quoted sentence when that sentence quoted is the second sentence in what is only a five sentence 'article'.

  • Slash

    Eh, whatever, I like "Elementary." It's fine. It's just TV. No need to create a rivalry where there really isn't one.

    And "Sherlock" is cool, too, though the only way I get to see it (without the aid of a computer) is when PBS deigns to broadcast it. Since they're in the middle of their quarterly Getting Money from Old People TV Funfest right now, I'm not counting on seeing it again anytime soon.

  • Yes, he quite obviously meant that an actress regarded as attractive by most sighted people is, in fact, ugly. The comments over on YouTube are hilarious and sad.

  • Cynthia Grace

    Seriously, the fact that it was a "joke" doesn't make it any less offensive. You don't get to use racial slurs and then claim it's OK because you were "joking," especially given the context.

  • Siham

    I don't get why people act like Steven Moffat created Sherlock Holmes. "Sherlock" was a good show with a great cast. It wasn't perfect.

    It's not like they ask Hugh Laurie (House was a modern day Holmes in a medical setting) what he thinks about Sherlock or Elementary.

  • Three_nineteen

    Well, no one asked the creator of House to do a British version but he declined, so they went to somebody else who turned Wilson into a girl and then they put it on the air concurrently with House. If that was the case, I will guarantee that Hugh Laurie would be asked about it constantly.

    When I saw the headline, I thought Freeman said that Liu's character acts like Holmes's dog in Elementary, because that's what she was for the first few episodes. She just followed Sherlock around and didn't really do much. There's not a lot of character there - Liu is doing better than I thought she would, but the writing isn't giving her anything to work with. It got a little better with last week's episode; hopefully that trend will continue.

  • Siham

    My point was more that there have been a ridiculous number of Sherlock Holmes adaptions (including ones set in modern day). Considering how many times these characters have been used I don't find a problem with Watson being a girl.

    "Elementary" isn't using the same plots, character backgrounds (Watson especially), or style as "Sherlock". If they did, I could understand people having an issue.

    I'm sure the Sherlock Holmes movies have also contributed to Elementary being made. They are probably the reason the show "Sherlock" was greenlight. Does anyone ask Robert Downey Jr. if he's anoyed at either show? No.

    Steven Moffat wasn't the first one to bring Sherlock Holmes into modern day, he didn't create the characters, he didn't start the revival of a forgotten literary character. He's simply one of -many- who adapted Sherlock Holmes. He's not the Messiah of the Sherlock Holmes genre.

  • Three_nineteen

    I agree with you. My point is the media smelled the slightest whiff of controversy and drama and are trying to make a meal out of it. And idiots on the internet are being idiots on the internet so they can bitch about how Elementary is "stealing" from Sherlock.

  • I think it was the fresh interpretation that got people excited, and while the writing is decent, I credit Cumberbatch and Freeman - and the chemistry they have - for the show's success. There are definitely flaws in the show, but I don't find them a terrible detraction.

  • Artemis

    I get that it was a joke, but his delivery was off in a big way. I like British humor but I was still cringing at that. He sounded like that guy on open mic night that causes the whole room to descend into awkward silence.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I saw him on Colbert. He's saharan in his dryness. I LOVE people like that.

  • Dick Fromage

    I see what you did there Dustin...

    /that was fun

  • Pants-are-a-must

    He's been saying some very stupid shit the last couple of years. I'm going to see The Hobbit but I side-eye the fuck out of him.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The British always get to take the piss.

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