Fans Tweet Photos of Richard Armitage Arriving at ChapelFM

Urban: How the Chess Game with Doc Ended

@Urban Fangirl Marketer: Leveling a Charge or Back-pedaling?

Referring to this, it may be that some of you don’t know that two years ago I was the blogger who deciphered the letter originally posted by the young fan in question. I was not the only person to decipher it, and decipher is a misleading word. Some people just held it up to a mirror. The two-paged letter was written on both sides of studio paper, which seemed to be onionskin. Richard Armitage used either a fountain pen or, more likely, a thin Sharpie. The young fan posted an image of page 1 in her hand, and the text of page 2 was clearly visible through the paper. Anyone and everyone could see it, including the original poster. The only deciphering necessary, was  using the reverse image tool and enlarging. I don’t recall if I also typed out the letter. I can’t check, because of course, once the young fan asked everyone to take down their posts of any portion of the letter, I did.

I saw  @Urban’s marketer’s conversation about the letter on my Twitter timeline and replied.


I’ve been vocal on this blog about how I’m certain that the @Urban film account  Marketer is,a particular Richard Armitage Facebook Administrator,  who is mishandling the film account Here, here and here ( see the comments, too) and on other blogs. Consistent with this, I am almost certain that the @Urban Marketer, as a fan, knew about the letter incident when it happened, at least that everyone was asked to take it down and why. I never followed that FB page, so I don’t know if she ever posted the young girl’s original Tumblr post.

I didn’t see then and I don’t see now, how my actions were an invasion of anyone’s privacy The  young poster had previously published accounts of her visit to The Hobbit set, and knew that her previous posts were widely read and disseminated. She knew or should have known that the same would happen again, including reblogs of her complete post, which also included photos of gifts from Richard Armitage. She was very young,   and became nervous when she saw that the text was reversed and published. She’s mentioned in a previous post that she had been sworn to secrecy about what she saw and could not reveal details of the filming she observed.There were reasons why she needn’t have worried, among them, the letter was an official studio letter that Peter Jackson surely knew would be shared among fans. Still,  it was her prerogative to change her mind and ask that her letter and any other versions, be taken down. I don’t know of anyone who did not comply with her request. Fans across social media platforms signal-boosted her take-down request  to help her.

As you see in the Tweets above, I not only corrected the misinformation strewn out, but, using the language of the @Urban’s tweets, suggested that only a Richard Armitage fan would have “recalled” the incident, and that newer fans might not know the history. @Urban agreed.  I also mentioned that the letter incident was irrelevant to Urban and the Shed Crew. She agreed.

Tonight, this was brought to my attention by a friend:

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The tweeter obviously asked @Urban how she knew about the letter incident, and her answer might be genuine. As a Facebook Administrator of a Richard Armitage Fan Site, which I think is the case, she generally relies on followers to feed her graphics and information. Why else would a friend tell her about an incident  in the Richard Armitage fandom? This time, the letter was transcribed  not deciphered.  Her memory, or that of one of her Facebook follower’s today,  may be better than mine.

I object to the  hashtag #PrivacyInvasion, since @Urban  knew all the circumstances, as set forth herein. She has all the facts you have. The page was shared. It was there in blue and white for anyone to print and then hold up to a mirror.There was no invasion of privacy by me. There was no  invasion of privacy by the original tweeter. Invasion of Privacy is not the issue: copyright infringement would be the issue. A professional PR /Marketing person should know the difference.  Maybe, after reading Servetus’s post, @Urban Marketer was just trying to offer a belated, lame excuse for why she engaged in the conversation to begin with. She thinks it’s  her job to enforce the rights of Richard Armitage fans who don’t want their posts disseminated, or maybe a misguided belief that it’s her job to protect Richard Armitage’s privacy.

That will help promote Urban and the Shed Crew. 

Urban AT Shed Crew Twitter Gets Personal. Maybe Too Personal?

As much as any other Richard Armitage Fan, I’m hoping that Urban AT Shed Crew is a great film that achieves its distribution goals so that we all get to see it. That being said, I’m beginning to feel a lot overwhelmed and somewhat unhappy by the recent change in the voice, tone and frequency of @UrbanATShedCrew. There seem to be a lot of tweets ( practically continuously) with very little new information, or in some cases, wrong information. And much pushing.

The voice of the @UrbanATShedCrew account has changed dramatically from what it used to be, now engaging in constant banter and back and forth with fans, asking “for help” in some tweets, getting Urban recognized at LIFF, and in general, taking on a personality and voice  that is quite different from most other film sites I’ve followed. The relentless pushing is becoming a turn off.

I’m wondering whether this is helpful or harmful or simply irrelevant to the film and its success, but there seems to be a frenzy of activity to bring the hashtag @UrbanATShedCrew to light on Twitter – so much so, that it’s almost unseemly.

Maybe taking page out of the Hannibal crew book, @UrbanATShedCrew is filling its time line with tweets, in banter with fans and fan sites not only with some new photos of Richard Armitage that we crave – but with no photos of other stars, for example, not one of Anna Friel or Neil Morrisey has been released recently. (you’d think  @UrbanATSHedCrew is a hardcore Armitage fan or fan site admin),

The account has even engaged in some fan chastisement for what it considers inappropriate tweets.
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Furthermore, when one looks at the time of the tweets, it seems obvious that the tweets are coming from the U.S., and not the UK.

I’ll predict that a load of fans and tweeters are delighted with the personal and constant attention and “inside info” about film festivals work, etc., but I’m not one of them. In my view, the account has lost some of its professionalism, in tone, content and frequency. ( DO I really need to know that the @UrbanATShedCrew admin has cats or has been away for a day or uses a desktop?)

So what’s my gripe? Just that I care a lot about the success and exposure of this film, as do many of you, I know, and in my opinion, and I am no publicist, I’m just the audience, I think it’s kind of bush league for its air of unprofessionalism, lack of polish and humor and preachy, downright pushy tone.

It recalls to mind one of my favorite lines from a judge in a case I was trying, which lines later became a trope for my counsel and me – after a terrible direct examination by opposing counsel, during which she was interrupted a zillion times with objections by counsel and the judge, the Judge, Hon. Thomas Griesa ( pronounced Grisay), moaned in exasperation,

Who wrote these words!?!