@RCArmitage Deals with Awkward

To be considered in tandem with WOW on Servetus’s site,  about this tweet by Richard Armitage – I’ve been wondering about this since he disclosed his mother’s illness.

I regret feeling the need to spell this out instead of using craft to make myself clear, but nothing I’m writing or anything I feel is meant to be one iota critical of Richard Armitage in these circumstances. Nothing. Nada. Gornusht.

When Richard Armitage first tweeted about NHS and his mother’s twice-cancelled surgery, you didn’t need a super fan or medium to predict that a multitude of fan driven hopes and prayers would come his way via Twitter.

And so they did –  and they’d been still coming, along with opinions about NHS, some of it with welcomed professional information. For example, we learned more about exactly what ICU beds meant in context and what other options were available.

Some fans agreed that his initial tweet actually disclosing a private family matter,  his mother’s illness, was out of character – certainly not in his Twitter character. I think it was powerful and through the fandom,  he successfully brought attention to the NHS crisis through his personal experience.

But all along, I’ve been wondering, how is he going to address the topic going forward? In light of all the worry and good thoughts in the fandom, would he feel an obligation to report back?  Does he  have an obligation to report back? Again, he’d be tweeting something personal and out of character, which we think he doesn’t like doing.

Some fans  have been inquiring about his mother’s progress. Of course, like the rest of us, they  wish they knew that everything was okay for him. If one cared enough in the first place to send good wishes, one would wish the sense of relief of knowing there was a good result.  I would love to see him in the frame of mind to tweet something like, “Everything worked out, and thanks to the doctors and staff, yada yada yada.” I think we all would.

But he’s not in that frame of mind or has decided on another tack, at least for a while.  He deleted the first tweet, which blessedly cuts off replies, and in this second tweet, he ended with a kiss. ( isn’t an X a kiss?)

Perhaps at some point we will hear good news and perhaps we won’t. It’s possible that when @RCArmitage took step one, he didn’t think that much about step two. After time, he figured it out.




8 thoughts on “@RCArmitage Deals with Awkward

  1. i thought it was unusual for him to relate such private information. Perhaps now he regrets it. I get that. I know I would not have done it. When my father became ill and died my co Workers send flowers. They knew I did not want them at the Funeral. Work is what I do. Family is who I am.


    • I don’t know if I’d go so far as to think he regrets it. Honestly, I’m not sure, because his tweet brought attention to the plight – but yes, as I wrote – how to handle the interest going forward – and who knows what the news is? – turned into a much trickier situation for a private person. People have different attitudes when it comes to funerals and other funereal matters. I spent years working with my colleagues. Even those who weren’t also my friends felt it was as sign of respect to show up at one or other of the gatherings. I’m Jewish, so there is often a night of gathering before the service, and then we sit shiva after the funeral, when people visit. This allows for people to figure out which they want to attend.


      • I know what you mean. Can he turn back now he has shares something personal? Some people will somehow feel entiteled to more info. You know what I mean. Actors get to be private property.

        We got a lot of cards and flowers when my father died. And hugs when I got back to Work. I knew they meant Well. But Honestly I think it did more for them than it did for me

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      • Yeah, around here one definitely goes to funerals of colleagues, or if the time if the funeral is not convenient, then to a visitation. I wouldn’t say that my mother’s situation was necessarily typical but at least a quarter of the people at the funeral were colleagues either of hers or my father’s. Work is one of the chief places in the US where people make friends.

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  2. My feeling is that he lashed out in frustration at Teresa May etc, but then realized afterwards that he spoke out against himself, in that he previously stated that he does not support Brexit. By complaining about the NHS crisis now that own mother has become a ‘victim’, he must have realised that it is a stated fact that one of the main reason people voted for Brexit was to stop the influx of people from other countries who, as we’ve seen on so many discussions and footage in the past couple of years, are the exact reason why the NHS cannot provide the expected service for citizens who have contributed all their lives and expect the treatment they require.

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    • Yeah, the immigrant thing is a canard. Working immigrants also typically pay NHS contributions and/or are citizens of countries with reciprocity deals with the UK or are covered under private insurance policies. For anything for which the NHS charges anyone without an NHS number has to pay at point of use. As far as refugees go, there are only about 150,000 refugees / people with asylum decisions pending in the UK and I have not seen any evidence presented anywhere that they are the ones overloading the system. I mean, it’s not like only refugees get the flu. The current situation is pretty clearly the result of a system that has been weakened by austerity measures creating a lack of available resources, confronted with the usual end of year problems plus a particularly bad flu.

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      • Well, although living in South Africa I have seen lengthy discussions on Sky news about the issue, with experts also taking part, and it’s clear that the current system is hopelessly inadequate to prevent people who do not qualify, but place a heavy burden on the system. In fact I’ve seen evident footage only this week. We all know that the government will not openly admit to the fact, as we’ve seen from Theresa May who was not willing to touch on the real issues only a week ago – but also not blaming the aging population for the situation. We’ve also seen it reported numerous times how there is a significant rise in people living on streets all over the country, with a huge rise in free food outlets, still not able to feed all in need. I do believe however that they are working hard to find solutions. The press, as we all know, for their own reasons reports selectively on these issues. We have family living there, and although not financially affected, are well informed, and have news from them on these pressing issues. We all have our own personal reasons to defend one side of the issue or the other, but I do believe that by talking openly we can contribute towards a realistic approach.


  3. I’m not from the UK and I’m not competent to speak extensively about Brexit, but I thought it was established that the political promises of the Brexiters was that NHS would save billions, and that was not actually true – shown not true and admitted not to be true immediately after the vote. I also thought that some of the Brexit financial problems had to do with an aging population and austerity, rather than immigrants.

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