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Oh, Servetus, perhaps blogging is not an antidote for RA addiction, which isn’t really a problem in my opinion, but it is a lot of fun. Especially when I can say whatever the hell I want and don’t have to worry about sentences that uh, really aren’t sentences. I wonder if RA has an anonymous blog. If not, he might enjoy one too. My words in real life (as if this isn’t real! LOL!) are weighed so heavily most of the time (yeah, can you believe there are people who actually hang on the words of someone like me? what a joke) that it’s a relief not to be taken seriously, and I’m sure that what I’ve experienced is not a scintilla of the scrutiny Richard Armitage has endured. Poor guy. Okay, maybe I’m feeling a little convicted about this. LOL! Here he has all these people of which some are nuts, and damn, I’m probably chief among those, poring over his every word and move. Sheesh.

Rich,

I hope you can disappear but good when you’re not being filmed. Oh, and if you ever need someone to help you with an anonymous blog, let me know. But don’t make the mistake I have of talking about some of your issues as the real you. For instance, don’t go on and on about orange trousers you bought but never wore or about underwear with your picture on them or about that time in the tent when you were 17. Well, I think you get the idea.

Sincerely,
One of your crazy fans

Man, I never know when those fake fan letters are going to strike.

41 Comments

  1. Yeah, I need to deal somehow with my immediate reaction that the blogolalia is a problem. Maybe you are right and it isn’t.

    I love the idea of Mr. Armitage writing an anonymous blog. I wonder what he’d write about. Maybe he could generate some rumors about himself to confound the “no relationship discussion of any sort” partisans. Or maybe he could get one of his publicists to do that. I think that would be seriously more consternating to many of his fans than roles in which he plays baddies. :)

  2. Just a reminder that to him (as an Englishman) pants are underwear!

  3. Thanks Kaprekar that IS enlightning, the stuff one forgets; i remember other words being different. 2 years and double that with a UK boyfriend who is till my buddy and that difference didn’t stick with me.

  4. @kaprekar,

    Thanks for catching that.

    @servetus,

    It would be hilarious if he or “his people” did an disinformation campaign, but I think it would be hard to do. The rabid fans would be all over that person wanting to know how they know and basically calling them a liar if they didn’t provide some firm proof.

  5. It would have to be a sort of Spooks-like chain of evidence. A rumor here, a fragment of a photograph there … the sort of stuff that animates conspiracy-theory types but doesn’t leave any concrete evidence to agree or disagree with. :)

    Of course, that would completely confound the Armitage sincerity trope as it has been performed until now, which would be the biggest obstacle any such campaign would face.

  6. Oh, you’re right. It would only require a piece here and a piece there. Someone clever could pull it off, but yeah, the Army would be a huge obstacle. Someone would have to be masochistic to take that on or bored.

    As for the trope, ooh, them’s fightin’ words. LOL!

    You know someone, somewhere is going to take us seriously. So get ready for a little backlash. :D

  7. Yeah, I was cringing as I was typing. But I, too, am compelled to perform a sincere self. :)

    This is why I’ve been putting off publish part 4 of the epistemology – performance series. I know the response will be unpleasant.

  8. Actually the biggest obstacle to such a campaign would be Richard Armitage’s agents and people who actually know and respect the man (like Mike Ogden) who have already come down on on people pretending to be him or spreading disinformation about him on Facebook and IMDB.

    So if someone decides to flirt with libel, the first person they can expect to hear from is Richard Armitage’s representatives.

  9. @kiplingkat,

    It would be interesting for him or his people to come down on themselves. LOL!

  10. Hine mah tov uma naim shevat achim gam yachad.

    RAFrenzy, feel free to delete my comments from this post or edit as you please. I am already the source of enough tsuris for you.

  11. As far a I’m concerned, everything stays.

    Oh, and I feel a blog piece coming on. LOL! In the name of unity of course. ;-)

  12. Well, I started it with the snide remark, so I should be singing hineh mah tov to myself.

    I still love the idea of an anonymous blog by Armitage. Do you read German? This morning I read a fanfic in German where the author writes in Mr. Armitage’s voice and sort of riffs on his Xmas 2009 letter to his fans.

  13. Even though I married into a German family, I can only read and understand a little bit. I have thought about taking German, and my little SOs are dabbling in it, but for now, I can’t really appreciate it. Drat!

  14. Oh that sounds delicious. Btw I started reading old interviews to try and place the tent remark, no such luck yet. Any hints would be helpful. And since you’re not worrying about sentence structure I will too. Btw Bring on the controversy!

  15. It’s a two page article with the comment on the second page. Here you go:

    Page 1:

    Page 2:

    I got this from RichardArmitageOnline.com.

  16. Here’s the German piece. She who has a dictionary, let her read.

    http://rafanfiction.janeites.net/viewstory.php?sid=149&chapter=1

    The genre is listed as “Realfiction,” the conceit of which seems to be that you write as if you were the real person.

    It’s kind of frappierend!

  17. Wow! I love this, and it totally fits in with where I”m going. So glad there are others like me. Can we circle the wagons for when the Army marches on us? LOL!

  18. I’ve got to learn German!

  19. Thanx for the public service. Her site is so well organized and exactly the place I was looking. I can’t spot it under the articles of 2006 but it’s bookmarked on my iPod now. What a gem it is. I faintly remember reading it several months ago but the impact is different now.
    Btw. Good luck on the bilingual thing with your little SO’s. I managed for my grl to speak and read although these days she doesn’t want to talk it anymore, I do catch her reading. Immersion is not easy when one can’t hop in the car for it or hear different languages on radio & tv.

  20. OK, RAFrenzy, I’ll try to cultivate a stiffer upper lip. In German, by the way, it’s stiff ears (Halt die Ohren steif!).

  21. I can hear the trumpets!
    We have to find a tranlator for this piece.

  22. I am losing the plot here, I think I must be missing something. And I definitely can’t read German and whatever that other language was that servetus quoted. My education was sadly lacking, I feel. Orange trousers, spare me.

  23. Well, I admit that I translated the German piece this afternoon so that RAFrenzy could read it. I think we’d have to contact the author for permission to publish the translation, though.

    The other language was Hebrew and it’s a quote from Psalm 133: “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.” Today was Shabbat and it’s a song often sung after Shabbat meals. I might ahve been being sarcastic.

  24. @kaprekar,

    Maybe I didn’t get that from the RAonline site. Maybe it was RAnet. Can’t remember.

  25. Well I totally got confused about who was saying what.

    I should have said @iz4spunk. I really don’t know where I got those interviews. It’s been a while, like oh maybe a couple of years ago that I copied those.

  26. I’ve read the German piece and, oh my goodness, I really hope that is not where he is at. Will add some more thoughts later but for now, RL comes first.

  27. @RAFrenzy I knew you meant it for me. As of yet I haven’t located it on either under 2006 which is surprising. I’ll keep looking and check out AA and RAC in my continuing education :)

    @kaprekar: don’t think that’s where it’s at about his roles, he was having to much fun with the guns on SB.
    The piece is well written but can’t imagine him getting so dark without making fun of himself. Although I’m sure the burden of a persona must
    weigh heavily as something surreal with very little control over it. Think I prefer how RAFrenzy and Servetus write him. Then again what do I know.

  28. OMG, RAFrenzy, a meta-discussion emerging in your comments. And a joke on my blog. Maybe you and I are really the same person. (joke) This might turn into an essay, but I have the following general reactions:

    1) interesting that someone took the time to write in what she is projecting as Mr. Armitage’s voice at such length and in such detail. I think we’ve all had questions in our mind as to his mood in the last few months, but I’d love to live in a world where this kind of projection was seen as legitimate. I think this story is here because of the language barrier. If it had been written in English, people would have been all over it. The page meter suggests it’s only been viewed about 35 times.

    2) it’s interesting to me the conscious and unconscious choices that people make when writing in what they suppose to be Mr. Armitage’s voice. In particular, cultural issues seem to be heavily influential. A major concern for me in writing RA was not only being funny, but also sounding like I could be British (which I didn’t really achieve). This piece screams “a German wrote it,” even if you read it in a translation by a U.S.-American. The repetitive quality of the brooding as achieved by different synonyms with only subtly or marginally different meanings. The concern about getting sick if you get wet. The preoccupation with the problem of unemployment, which is every German’s biggest nightmare. The connection of the protagonist to a very German style of self-criticism. The fact that although this story’s Mr. Armitage is wandering aimlessly and crazily through the city, he stops to wait at a red light, which signals his attention to the secondary virtues, even during a personal “crisis of meaning” (Germans are heavily preoccupied with obedience to traffic signals. There are signs at many German stoplights telling pedestrians to obey the signals in order to set good examples for children … and Germans are always having “crises of meaning”). The projection of Guy’s leather outfit being of questionable taste. The general trope that Armitage spends much of his work life doing things he doesn’t want to be doing in order to get ahead. And the way the story ends, with the insistence on correct behavior in public and its transformative potential to the actor. These are all ways in which the author of the story connects snippets of information that are available about Richard Armitage to more general concerns typical in German culture and uses those notions to interpret or (mis)understand the voice she’s writing. German cultural expression is very open to certain kinds of articulation of broodiness and emotions that Anglo-American culture classifies as “negative” that “the real Armitage” shows hints of in interviews, but never in this intensity, and so here we see their full blown expression in a cultural realm in which they are not only legitimate but also celebrated.

    Reading this fiction, which has as its theme “what is going to happen next for me?” made me curious to see what a realfic Armitage protagonist would do if written (say) by a Mexican or in a culture where preoccupation with the future is expressed in very different terms. Would RA as written by a Mexican author take life easier? Or are the pieces of information we have about “the real Armitage” too rigid to be absorbed easily into that sort of cultural framework?

    3) I’m on record as believe that the “real Armitage” is himself a fiction, but if I were to write as if Mr. Armitage had but one coherent self, I would also say that I don’t think this is where “the real Armitage” is, at least not most of the time. I don’t want to rule out the possibility that he’s frustrated with the roles he gets, as I think it would have been hard for any professional with as much experience as he has not to have been annoyed by the RH scripts. It is also possible that the ambivalence he has repeatedly expressed about acting is closer to the tipping point of pushing him away from it than we realize or than his public statements give us reason to think. But one thing I think the author gets wrong lies in her protagonist’s attitude toward what I’ll call “non-elite” culture, i.e., toward playing roles in tv shows that appeal to broad audiences as opposed to acting in middle-brow (N&S) to high-brow (Shakespeare) vehicles. Everything we know about “the real Armitage” suggests that he is *not* a cultural elitist. But this trope in her story again points to very German attitudes about culture, phrased here in their relationship to work (i.e., if he’s not working in high culture, which is every artist’s natural goal, he must only be doing it in order to keep working or to advance his career, and he can’t really like it, so having to talk about it in public must be torturous for him). As iz4spunk said, he discussed his fascination with the guns in way too much complexity for it to be credible that his attitude toward having worked on SB had soured. Was he trying to elevate the tone of the piece by saying sophisticated things about it? Absolutely. Does that mean he resented doing so? Doubtful.

  29. […] of course, the discovery of Burn-Out yesterday that led to posts by RAFrenzy and me. I link to a comment I made over there, in case I don’t have time to write about this issue over […]

  30. I agree with you about it being in English, and even if the author gave permission to post it, I don’t think I would want that kind of attention on my blog. No thanks. LOL! And certainly the author would be alternately praised and vilified by the Army.

    As far as the “real Armitage,” that guy is in such a box, and that is what is so great about the piece. It begins to show that, and I adore the ending. It’s perfect! I’ve got to learn German!

    But of course it’s all fake exposure, I think, not sure, it could be real, couldn’t it? Whatever the case, I think we are loving getting in RA’s head even if it’s pure bullshit, which I’m not so sure it is.

    It would be fascinating to see that piece written from other cultural viewpoints! But that’s assuming another person would have the same capacity for running someone through the, er, I mean taking clues from someone’s demeanor.

  31. One of these days when I write a real blog (LOL!!!), I’ll tell you all about my German, well some more. But for now, I have to chuckle at the time years ago when one of the little SOs was playing Willy Wonka and was trying to transition in the ending scene to a more serious Willy. SO gave this beautiful speech about Wonka being a Christ figure when he saved the Ooopah Loompahs, and you should have seen the little SO begin to change as he said this. LOL! I’m chuckling, but really it was quite amazing. Nothing can be mundane.

  32. hey just a quick note: I did find that interview on the AA site. Lesson I learned: not everyone got everything.

  33. Annette and Ali (interesting how their names both begin with A) are so thorough. I’m concluding they chose not to put it up or had it up and took it down. It does have some information that is pretty personal. I may alter that comment. Not sure.

  34. I was thinking of emailing Annette about it I’m not sure what the protocol is as far as sharing information goes. I’ve emailed her before. Her site is so thorough and informative, everyone’s is really. But hers suits well for a mobile format hence I use it the most. But it’s probably not my place.

  35. I don’t know. It’s hard to think that the AA site had ownership of that article and that’s the reason it’s only on that site. It’s a newspaper article!

    I could be wrong, but I think this might have been Annette and Ali (and Wendy as well) exercising discretion on their sites. I can totally see that; otherwise, it’s not in keeping with how thorough they’ve been. The difference with the AA site is that it’s not as easily accessible as those other two — you gotta register. Well most have to register. Oy!

  36. That didn’t dawn on me. Because I have registered of course. Gosh, I should have been a librarian: my house might be a mess but I like cataloging and sharing information. LOL

  37. I thought I read somewhere (and couldn’t tell you know where) that Mr. Armitage thought he wasn’t speaking on the record in that interview and that the paper agreed with to withdraw it from the web (you can’t find it by looking on the paper’s website as far as I know). If that were the case, i.e., if he did express that he wished he hadn’t said those things, it would be totally reasonable for the fan sites to delete the information. I can’t remember where I got that stuff but it was not off of Richard Armitage Online. Annette has a really effective, circumspect tone and boundaries for what she covers, and that’s part of what makes that site so great. It’s easy to use, comprehensive, and career-focused. Frankly, as long as she keeps that up, in my opinion Richard Armitage has no need for an official website. She makes him look very good and it’s the definitive entrepot for people who want quick, comprehensive info about his career.

  38. I don’t remember reading that. If you can find it or anyone reading this, I’ll pull the link.

    I totally agree with you about Annette’s site. Why should he duplicate that when it’s already superbly done.

  39. It’s been on my mind since last weekend, actually, where I read that info, and I feel like maybe it was in the comment thread that Natalie has hidden on that very controversial post in her taboo section. I could be wrong, though.

    However, I am of mixed feelings about the withdrawal of information that is and/or has been made public. I actually think that article enhances his image.

  40. I agree that it enhances his image and don’ t think there is one thing embarrassing about it. But then I’m not Richard Armitage.

  41. Thanks for that clarification. But OY!! Why oh why wet my brain with that tidbit?? LOL


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