In case you missed it – (did any fan miss it) Richard Armitage, in a highly unusual action, announced what it means when he deletes a tweet – which we all know he does serially. What it means is that he wants the conversation, and particularly the “analysis”of his deleted tweet to end. Basically Shut the F Up.
This was hard news for those of us who are frequently accused of over-analyzing @RCArmitage’s tweets and other writings.as well as for fans who now and then have a beef with him or other fans about his Twittering and untwittering. Not because the practice would cease ( see also) and be sure to check out the analysis and discussion in the comments,. Why it was hard news, as far as I’m concerned, is (1) I am one of those fans who needs to talk about, discuss and debate – to analyze – his writings, and (2) by his tweet, he’s telling fans that, for him, it’s not okay to do that.
And we know what happens when Richard Armitage tells his fans something’s not okay, or, on the other hand, directs us to do some affirmative act, or have some particular feeling – it causes a huge conflict and flame in the fandom. No doubt, some of us will be blamed for this latest deletion
This is not okay, and some fans have been expressing that view since he became vocal on Twitter.
Now, maybe he rethought his position and realized just how authoritarian he sounded in his tweet and wanted to take it back. I don’t think so – because the way to do that would’ve been to tweet some sort of clarification.
No. The only way to read his deletion, together with the deleted tweet, is that he wants to end the analysis and discourse about his desire to police the fandom.
This is not okay with me, and I particularly resent it when just a day or so ago, this fandom was in delirious joy over the final announcement about Love, Love, Love and a new audiobook.
I’ve been spending the day – days really, thinking about, researching and writing about how to enhance all lucky fans’ New York City experience using their carefully squirreled away funds, how to get tickets, get better tickets, go to the stage door, so we can see him – watch him perform, live out his dream. And now this.
Richard Armitage – even your sometimes critical fans are spending a lot of dough – in some cases thousands, to see you live out your dream in New York City.
Richard Armitage – You know – you have to know, that you can’t shut down a discussion by deleting a tweet – so why do it except to express extreme displeasure towards a segment of your fandom that frankly, NEVER BULLIES. We are not the bullies. You create the bullies and the unkind, uncivil Twitter behavior when you interfere.