Oh Dear, Gerry!

I must:

Dear Gerry,

I feel for you, since you are a classic case of damned if you do/damned if you don’t. But you did say something, and now I have to make hay of it. Too good to pass up, and my mercenary gene is controlling today.

When I first saw the video of the Graham Norton show, I thought perhaps he had set you up and was in need of some payback, and maybe he is. But I can’t forget that you are a lawyer, and as such you know that highlighting your crazy fan is the perfect way to lay foundation (or continue to lay it) for any legal action should she even think about stepping over a line. Definitely worth some short lived fan angst.

Of course I could be completely wrong, but I wasn’t raised by a lawyer for nothing.

None of that is the point of this letter. I was wondering if sometime you might run into Richard Armitage and advise him — as a fellow actor and certainly not as a lawyer. ;-)

One of Richard’s crazy fans, who is too clever to ever out herself.

P.S. I’m also struggling with Armitage Protection Mode today, so have some pity on me.

P.P.S. I liked ‘The Ugly Truth’. :D

Oh yes, it’s a fake fan letter, and if Richard Armitage doesn’t read all of this crap, Gerard Butler certainly doesn’t. So relax.

A picture for your troubles?

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Sweet Harry Kennedy is good for what ails you, and this is in my top five most favorite pictures of Richard Armitage. I’ve got to do a piece on this picture alone. :D

Okay, okay, one for the Gerard Butler fans too:

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Behind the scenes picture from Vicar of Dibley courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.com.

Gerard Butler courtesy of some fan’s Photobucket. I’m sure one of them will tell me where it’s from as I have no clue.


  1. You know, I had completely forgotten about his law background–maybe Gerry is crazy like a fox , , , this would certainly give him ammunition.

    Harry Kennedy–when I started writing Sloth Fiction, I knew I would only have a few of the characters as anchors, so to speak, for the stories, and I knew I had to have Harry. For me, he’s the closest thing to actually including the man himself in the stories. Sweet, down to earth, a man who believes in nurturing and nourishment, What a glorious, glorious smile. Literally sunshine on what is a cloudy day here in LA. There you go! ;)

    (And he reminds me of my own dear, dear Benny who prepared the most delicious strawberry cream cheese French toast this morning. Mmmmmmm . . .)

  2. Wow, how come I never noticed how cute GB is? That is one handsome man in that pic.

    But no, i am not that fickle. RA all the way.

    I have no way of knowing if that woman is crazy or not. I do know that she is a bit tooo involved with all things GB but you know, she was being laughed at and added spice to the show. Even if GB is not building a case against her, the show definitely used her for laughs.

  3. I love Harry Kennedy. He looks like he gives good hugs. :)

  4. I suspect Graham Norton’s hand in using her for ridicule.

  5. I agree, Frenz. Graham is notorious for pulling such shenanigans with audience members and milking it for all its worth.

  6. I’m just sorry it made anyone feel bad.

  7. I know. :(

    Oh, I know this is the wrong post, but while I am thinking of it–The Ab Fab Anniversary Special with the brilliant bit about the Kardashians is tonight at 9 p.m. CST on BBCA. I am planning to watch. :D

  8. That VOD picture is just too cute. How can a that man be 40 and still look so cute?!

  9. Sheepa,
    That’s one of the things I love about Richard. Yes, he can turn on the heat like nobody’s business, but he is also still so dang cute and adorable. There’s a kind of boyish sweetness still inside him, I think, that comes out. I think he will always have that to some degree.

    We grow older, but we don’t have to grow old.

  10. @Angie I guess it’s just another thing to add on the list of “Why he’s perfect” :D

  11. Sheepa,

    He is pretty much the closest to perfection in a lot of ways. :D

  12. i think the problem with ridicule as a rhetorical strategy is that it only works if the target is already inclined to feel ridiculous. Otherwise they won’t notice.

    I don’t like making mean fun of anyone, so I don’t like making mean fun of fans. But I didn’t watch the show in question :)

  13. As for the GN Show,sorry,but I don’t see anything wrong there. GN,GB have fan and that lady(fan) also.
    It seems to me that “loud” fan is a lot’ safer’ to the actor then ‘meek’ fan. Personally I would prefer that someone yelled to me that he loves me than observe me from the side with mysterious smile..*brrrrr*…(shivers on my back)

  14. Darling sweet Harry, what a gorgeous picture to start off my day.

  15. I’ve just got around to watching this particular GN show. GB seems okay with the interaction with his fan, he’s relaxed and having fun, but then, he is an actor. That he already knew who she was by his noting her following him to the States shows there is a history there, so perhaps there is an element of “outing” her for future reference.
    She didn’t have to draw attention to herself in the first place, so she is partly responsible for whatever fun is made at her expense, but I felt embarassed for her.

  16. Allow me to revise that last sentence. I don’t condone making fun of anyone, let alone someone who may or may not have lost their grip on reality when it comes to fan worship. She could have just sat there and shut up, and that would have put paid to any attempts to use her for laughs. But then she wouldn’t have had the interaction with GB which she obviously craves, so she might be one very happy fan right now.

  17. It’s sort of the point that we keep circling around in this discussion, since we started with the Kardashians: is it okay to bring scorn upon oneself if one enjoys the experience / profits from it in whichever way? Is someone who seeks attention of whatever sort served by this? I’m reminded of the 1990s when a lot of Americans went on talk shows to discuss their family problems. They got the notoriety — and the scorn — and, one assumes, some remuneration.

    From the perspective of “whatever decisions I make on my own behalf, I deserve the consequences,” of course everyone here is okay. The fan apparently got what she wanted, the host of the show got what he wanted, and, we hope, GB at least wasn’t negatively impacted. In our culture it is ok to be cruel to people if they sign up for it and don’t feel they are being treated cruelly. The Kardashians get what they want or at least what they deserve.

    I just wonder what it it says about our culture that we accept all of this.

  18. Accept what? Reality shows designed to provoke our scorn? I hate them and have never been a fan of them, and the irony is that I doubt most are reality. I don’t believe most people can really be natural with lights and cameras around. Plus, I think I read somewhere that the tensions (however shallow) are contrived for public consumption. Lord have mercy is that what people really like for entertainment?

  19. I keep coming back to the idea of having “15 minutes of fame”–that some people will do almost anything–go on a talk show or star in a reality TV series–in order to capture or maintain that level of noteriety. We have a culture that can quickly raise someone up on a pedestal and just as quickly smash them down. Serv, I doubt you have ever hung out a lot at gossip sites like TMZ or Perez Hilton, but they can be pretty cruel at times and people eat that stuff up.

    And I do sometimes wonder if people like the Kardashians are laughing all the way to the bank even as they see themselves parodied and ridiculed.It’s a price they are willing to pay because they are literally getting paid. Lots.

  20. Yeah, I’m a gentle soul and don’t hang out at gossip sites, it’s true. Heck, I feel guilty if I forget to say hi to the janitor when I walk into the building because I don’t want him to think I’m ignoring / condescending to him. I think I’m sensitive on this more than I ever used to be because I was treated cruelly — and I have an allergy to it. Part of me wants to say, if people *ask* to be treated cruelly, they should gently be prevented from being treated that way. Of course, as long as profit is involved, that won’t happen.

  21. Sadly, you don’t even have to hang out on gossip sites for those things to find you. I never read about such things as break-ups. I could care less, but it’s still thrust in my face when I go to a mainstream site like MSNBC.

    I’m not sure I can deem myself a gentle soul, but I have never understood the fascination with gossip. It is boring. There is so much more to talk about. Do I really care why Ashton Kucher and Demi Moore split up? No, and I didn’t care about such things when I was a teen or a 20 something either.

    As to what society accepts, I think “society” has always been ruthless. There’s just more honesty about it now.

    Have always loved the honesty of this;

  22. I think what capitalism does is turn humiliation into a commodity. Has there always been social humiliation? Has there always been an interest in sensation? Certainly. But the historical forms of these things change depending on the material and political and cultural context in which they occur.

  23. Frenz,

    I am right there with you on the lack of reality in most reality shows.
    I watch The Amazing Race because it is interesting and actually has some class. As for the rest of them–yes, I suspect a lot of manipulation behind the scenes, some clever editing and a desire by the shows’ “stars” to do what it takes to remain their status once they’ve gotten that taste of being in the limelight, including being involved in scripted material.

    And, by golly, did you ever think there would be a reality show about bidding on storage units’ contents??

  24. News used to be, well-news. Now we have a lot of the celebrity/reality fluff masquerading as news, the sort of stuff that once was relegated to movie magazines and publications like Confidential.

    My husband’s reaction when he sees/hears the latest on a celeb breakup (and he certainly doesn’t go out looking for that sort of “news”:

    Wide eyes and hand to mouth. “Oh, no–X and Y have broken up? How will I be able to make it through the day!!” Yes, a little sarcasm there.

  25. I am sorry but this woman is not the Kardasians. The kardasians put their lives out there for public consumption and to make money and become celebrities. They apprarently get paid to make appearances, sell stories to the tmz people and basically invite fan worship. The more press, the more money. The kardasians are a business. Does that give me permission to be cruel. No of course not, but it does give me more permission to formulate a an opinion (good or bad) and make it public since they have made it clear that they welcome being public commodities.

    I am no so sure this fan was aware of how she was going to be integrated into that show and how it was going to be perceived. That makes her more vulnerable and therefore I would be one to ask her, “are you sure you want everyone on the net to think that you are a stalker.”

    I hope I am making sense. LOL….I have to leave you now but I look forward to some of your comments.

  26. Servetus, capitalism can certainly do that, but that kind of exploitation is not limited to a market economy.

    Angie, I’ve never seen The Amazing Race. I take your word for it being good. Seriously! Most of the time I don’t have the time to spare on tv shows. I don’t say that to sound like I’m above tv. I can watch tv with the best of ’em. I honestly don’t have the time. It was a helluva feat for me to stay up with Spooks and then Strike Back. Now that I have this blog, it’s basically taken up any time I had to watch tv. I guess I could give up reading, but I refuse to do it!

    Mostly, I watch tv in big batches occasionally. If I find I have three hours of uninterrupted time, I might watch several tv series or a movie, but most of the time, I choose to read. It’s because my time is usually not my own, so I take the reading when I can get it. As for getting online, if it’s not obvious, that is sporadic. I get 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there, but rarely an hour straight. LIke this post for instance. I started it about 15 minutes ago, was called away for several minutes and came back to finish. This is my life. LOL!

  27. lately I feel like I am always disagreeing with you :)

    I really don’t think that sensation was commodifiable in the same way before modernity — for example, when news took longer to travel and notions of honor were different. Once these matters are transformed, it’s easy to sell sensation — and thus trade in humiliation as a commodity that has salable product. The Reformation is a really good example of this. Were heretics and their fellows publicly humiliated before the Reformation? Absolutely. Burning at the stake, public punishment, shame, etc., these were all absolutely available before modernity. But once the printing appears, that shame is reproducible beyond the specific experience of it — it becomes something that can be experienced by wider audiences. In an atmosphere in which people who produce media are doing so in order to profit from it (as opposed or in addition to creating charisma, or collective memory, or a political status, all of which were primary purposes of media before the printing press that certainly persisted afterwards), the sensation thus gains a value well beyond its immediate context. You can argue that the demand existed before, but I don’t think you can say that the supply was there. And when sensation becomes something that can be sold (as opposed to simply something that people talk over or use to create social hierarchies in their communities), then people can make choices about whether/how to profit from their own shame in ways that they couldn’t have done so before.

  28. The Amazing Race has actually won several Emmies, which might indicate it is a cut above the standard fare–or not, depending on how you feel about the Emmies. ;)

    I completely understand as wife and mom and businesswoman and blogger your time is definitely tied up. And I would make the same choice as you–reading over TV. I have fallen asleep more than once with a book in my hand (my spouse sweetly removing my glasses and said book without waking me up) . . . I have been a bookworm all my life and I see no sign of that changing. It helped make me the clever girl I am today ;)

  29. Granted, the supply certainly didn’t manifest in the way it does today, but there were people who allowed themselves to be exploited for material gain. Capitalism did not invent that nor do I think it exacerbated it. It just gave rise to another form of it.

  30. And I like to disagree — sometimes. :D

  31. That Harry pic stopped me dead in my tracks. Have I seen it before? Not sure. But who cares. It’s just drop-dead cute.

    I’m a long time fan of Gerry’s. He might be #2 on my list…or maybe Clive Owen. Can’t decide. But we all know who’s in the #1 spot.

    To me it’s simple. You know what you’re getting into. You know there are going to be bumps/wackos. Be prepared and deal with it. I figure if Clark Gable survived it all, Gerry can. You DO know who Gable is?

  32. Angie, I wish I had time to watch tv. I think there is some really good tv out there. My SO has been watching more TV lately, and he’s always telling me about something that was really good, but circumstances have contrived to give him more time to do this in the last several months; otherwise, he would have no time either.

  33. Didn’t I say that? Quoting myself: “But the historical forms of these things change depending on the material and political and cultural context in which they occur.” I should have said contexts. So perhaps we agree?

  34. Or perhaps I should define commodification in capitalism as specifically involving financial transactions for the creation of capital. But capitalism as a system really does make a difference — it’s more than just commercialism, which certainly existed before modernity.

  35. Servetus, Yes, I think we agree. :D

  36. gracie: I agree that a fan like this probably lacks the experience to realize how she could be understood in this context. She’s not a media conglomerate, she’s not doing it for profit — she’s possibly doing it just to be in the same room with her crush and get public recognition of what she sees as devotion.

    I was thinking yesterday that it’s also perfectly rational that someone who “loves” someone would have more information about something than the “someone” who is loved. My mom is better at identifying pictures of me at certain times and locations than I am. She’s spent a lot more time looking at me than I have, after all, and she cares a lot more than I do.

    I suppose how we feel about the fan also has something to do with how we estimate her the intactness of her naivete. Some people would never believe anyone could be that naive, or that any rational person would obviously think very deeply about what they were getting into. I’m suspicious of that. I’m fairly intelligent, but there have been blogging situations that I’d never have anticipated. If you don’t have certain kinds of experiences you don’t tend to be so suspicious, one might argue.

  37. Circumstances of my own life have led me to have a lot more TV time between the events of September 8 and Nov.2 . . . let’s just say I have a real appreciation for Turner Classic Movies and my DVD player. ;) When I couldn’t sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time, it was great to be able to watch some really enjoyable but obscure film from the early 30s, silent films, and in December wonderful William Powell every Thursday night . . . one of my fav actors.

  38. I’ve decided when it comes to human beings and their comments on blogs/newspaper websites/celeb sites and so forth, it is like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates: You just never know what you are gonna get. Every time I think I have seen everything–I get surprised again.

  39. The first reaction to someone like that is pity. I feel for the woman and would whether I was a “fan” or not. It’s just an unfortunate situation. But we’ve all done things to embarrass ourselves (not thinking of fan situations in particular), and if we haven’t, then we probably have never done anything. It’s part of life. Unfortunately, hers was caught on video. I feel for her on that. But I also give Gerard Butler some benefit of the doubt as well. We do not know what this fan may or may not have done, and truth be told, I don’t care. Stuff like this happens and has no bearing on who I am.

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