Remember when Martin Freeman could do no wrong? We do and it was a fantastic time. We were charmed by his characters. He played the often befuddled foil to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes, the hapless hobbit Bilbo Baggins on his first adventure. Freeman had a great mix of charm and British wit, and it felt like he was some kind of cheeky secret that our friends across the Atlantic had been keeping from us. He was great performer that we all enjoyed immensly. But then he made a rape joke, and just like that, the honeymoon was over.
In a recent interview for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the actor makes a this joke about dating an elf as a shorter creature:
"I've got a ladder. It's fine. And I’ve got drugs. I could just make them — you know. Slip them something in their goblet. Some will get offended by that now. Cause they’ll call it 'rape' or whatever. But, um, you know. For me, it's a helping hand. Maybe I should stop talking."
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Well friends -- what say you? How do you feel about Martin Freeman, compared to how you used to? I haven't even been able to sit through the second episode of Sherlock yet -- and all of this madness has a lot to do with the reason why. I also went to a Fandom-party last weekend and spoke to a girl there who literally has a Bilbo Baggins cosplay outfit -- and even she'd had enough and had a pretty solid "fuck that guy" response to the topic of Freeman.