If Richard Armitage deletes a tweet, that’s Richard Armitage’s problem

It’s become a sort of recurring exercise — @RCArmitage tweets mostly business related things. And then radio silence breaks and something that looks like a human tweet bursts through. That’s what happened today — two funny tweets about things Armitage said he was seeing on German TV while running on a treadmill. Lots of responses and funny jokes in the #richardarmitage tag on Twitter and then — poof! — a few hours later, they are gone. Totally predictable. And totally predictable the responses — fans are not respectful, fans crossed the line. When Richard Armitage deletes a tweet, it’s because fans have caused a problem.

Those fans would prefer, it seems, for the rest of us simply to ignore it when Armitage tweets something funny. Don’t risk making a joke back, or reacting to the joke in any way, positive or negative, because the human who made the joke will go back into hiding. Don’t cross a line!

In response to this mood, let me suggest the following: if Richard Armitage is deleting a tweet, it’s Richard Armitage’s problem. Not mine, not yours.

If the initial joke sets the parameters for the responses, then these jokes set those parameters quite broadly. It’s hard for me to see what exactly is “respectful” in the first place about a nun joke and a wank joke or why fans would be obliged to respond “respectfully” to them (or even what the respectful response to a wank joke is in the first place).

But we didn’t force him to make the jokes, and he made the decision to delete the tweets all by himself.

As adults, we are responsible for our reactions to certain things. If I feel bad, that’s on me. I’ve had a ridiculously aggravating day, and these tweets were one of two light spots. I’m going to preserve the idea that Richard Armitage possibly still has a mildly naughty, slightly juvenile sense of humor, and that he thought those tweets were funny, and that we laughed with him for several hours. Because, you know: German TV is a little weird. (Germans will be the first to tell you this.) The German language does throw up inadvertent jokes (Germans will be the first to tell you this, too.) There’s something slightly incongruous about those habits (nuns will be the first to admit this as well).

Don’t let’s let ourselves be guilted about Armitage’s deleted tweets — either by other fans, or by ourselves. We can wait till Armitage gives an explanation (unlikely to happen) to attribute some blame. Or we can decide that he is an adult, too, knew what he was doing when he made the jokes, and can take all the necessary responsibility for that himself.

~ by Servetus on February 23, 2016.

51 Responses to “If Richard Armitage deletes a tweet, that’s Richard Armitage’s problem”

  1. I look at it like his deleted tweets are like ‘time limited offers’. He puts it out there for a bit, everyone has their fun with it, and then, poof, it’s gone. I don’t know why he deletes them. I don’t know if because he regrets them or it’s just something he does for fun and to mess with people. Who knows. I think they are funny and responding in a humourless way is in no way disrespectful. Respectful and humour are often at odds, the world needs to relax just a bit I think.

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  2. like you, I enjoyed them while they lasted. but I suspected that someone somewhere would get offended, so they’d probably be taken down. I delete tweets myself. a lot. I just change my mind about them and don’t want them on my timeline anymore. Richard though, I imagine any one tweet has the potential to become a weight upon his shoulders. as you say, that’s on him. he’s going to do what he feels he should, and so he will. and the world will keep on turning 🙂

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  3. I wonder if he has a personal twitter, and was just signed into the wrong one and deleted when he realized . . .

    Whatever, his deletions are on him and the fan policing is just ridiculous.

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  4. To paraphrase that immortal line from “Stripes” . . . “Lighten up, fansies!”
    I mean, really . . . some people take stuff like this far too seriously. I refuse to feel as if I have to walk on eggshells as part of this fandom. “Real” life stresses me out enough at times, thank you very much.

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  5. Gosh! I missed the hullabaloo again! Darn it! I thought the golfing nuns pix was great! Why shouldn’t nuns get to golf? It’s relaxing, and low impact aerobics. I certainly can’t imagine why anyone would get their nighty in a knot over golfing nuns. Goodness! LOL!

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    • apparently (from what’s falling out now) there was some negative response to the wank joke. (shrugs) Twitter is not a place for the thin-skinned — whether fans or celebs.

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      • I missed seeing a wank joke. But I don’t know what that is anyway. Ha!

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        • go back a few posts (I think the post is “the full story comes out.”) I capped the tweet because he’s become so ready to delete. It should become clear from the comments 🙂

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          • I’m doing that now. Thanks for capping those tweets for us! Poor ski jumper guy’s name–I googled it to find its slang meaning. Poor guy! Ha!

            People’s names that are noun, verb, or gerund like seem to inspire the most mirth. My hubby and I recently saw a sign for a Urologist’s Doctor’s office where one of the doctors was named leak. I’m sure he gets ribbed about that. Ha!

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          • this is a serious questions, does American English not use the word in the same meaning? just because it seems to have puzzled some English speakers too…

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            • Yeah, “wank” in the sense in which we understood it from Armitage’s screenshot isn’t really part of general American slang, although I think there are plenty of people who know what it means. It’s possible that it’s more widespread among younger people due to the use of the term in a more metaphorical way (e.g., in fandom).

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  6. I have a naughty and strange sense of humor. Maybe because I tend to find the funny in life and I am not easily offended. I did have a silent chuckle each time I was taking the Tube and would see or hear, Cockfosters…hehe

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  7. A big kindergarden! Zwischenmenschliche Kommunikation und sei es nur über twitter, ist sehr vielfältig. Es gibt kein reines schwarz/weiß – gut oder falsch. Jetzt kommt eine Wertung in das Ganze die bestimmt nicht beabsichtigt war und noch weniger zielführend ist 😦

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  8. A big kindergarten with helicopter parents all around: “Don’t do that!”
    Es sollte unter erwachsenen Menschen möglich sein, einen Scherz zu machen. Herr Wank wurde als Person nicht angegriffen und es wäre gut, auf dem Teppich zu bleiben.
    RA scheint in dieser Hinsicht übervorsichtig zu sein – bis dann wieder sein Temperament mit ihm durchgeht.

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  9. What? He did that again? What was so wrong with these tweets? Who said he took these tweets down due to fans being disrespectful? I mean, come on, these are just jokes!
    By now I understand he took down some older joke tweets as well… different person managing his Twitter now or new Tweet-philosophy? Pity!

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  10. Do you think it’s a management decision?

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  11. Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass er die ganzen Kommentare gar nicht selbst gelesen hat. Denn das Refugee Bild ist ja schon ziemlich lange im Netz. Und da waren die Diskussionen noch heftiger. Bisher hat es ihn offensichtlich nicht gestört. Aber jemand anderes hat wahrscheinlich die ganzen Kommentare gelesen, vielleicht aus dem BerlinStation team und nach einer Diskussion mit wem auch immer (ohne Humor) hat er die Dinger dann gelöscht…….aber das ist meine ganz subjektive Meinung dazu!

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  12. To HollyH: your comment comes from an IP used in the past by someone who could not conform to the comments policy. I realize England is small and perhaps someone else was masking, but to be safe and to keep this conversation rational, I am barring you from commenting directly, not least because you end your comment with ad hominem, which violates the comments policy. Taking up the substantial points you raise:

    “Maybe he didn’t take the tweets down because of ‘disrespectful fans’ but because he thought they were offended enough for him to delete them?”

    –note that this post expresses no opinion as to why he deleted, only opposition to the tendency of fans immediately jump to the conclusion that fans are the reason he does anything.

    “Maybe he thought life’s too short to be in a stupid argument with fans, over a couple of tweets which amused him, and he thought might amuse us?”

    –again, note that the post expresses no opinion as to why he deleted. In fact, it says that we don’t know why.

    “Maybe he wondered why people on twitter get offended by really trivial things when the whole Middle East is killing each other and trying to kill the West, as well, which is something which far more people should be offended about?”

    –this is not really an argument. Most people’s attention is wide enough to cover both world events and the entertainment world along with all kinds of things in between. In any case, he’d be sawing on his own branch there, seeing as how (as far as I know) it’s not like he’s working actively for world peace. Which is fine. Everyone has his or her own calling.

    “And why do you always criticise him for deleting tweets when you delete things other people might like/think amusing/ agree with, but you refuse to post?”

    –I am unaware that this post is critical of Richard Armitage. In fact, it expresses the opinion that he is an adult and can think for himself, make his own decisions for his own reasons, and is not materially harmed by what fans do. So in fact I don’t “always criticize” him for deleting tweets, although I do have an opinion about it. I am unaware that I have deleted anything here that others find amusing or agree with. As far as what I post or don’t post, some things don’t interest me or don’t fit with my notion of fandom. I was unaware that I was required to post every single thing that impacts the Armitage fandom (just as Richard Armitage is not required to tweet everything that is on his mind or, indeed, to tweet at all).

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  13. How odd is this? I performed a major clean-up of my not very substantial Twitter account and apparently RA did the same🤔
    It’s Richard T-account; he decides what stays and goes (or his publicist does😕). However, I like goofy and cheeky RA; I wish he would let out that side more often – and d….. the consequences.

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  14. Missed all this drama until today. Silly me. I thought his treadmill tweets were funny and he was sharing them to give people a smile. (Literal smile, not a CyberSmile.) I will never understand how responding to a juvenile joke with humor is disrespectful. Should jokes be vetted by the comedy police first? Nothing would pass muster. I also think anyone appreciating humor while running on a treadmill (one of life’s most boring activities) should be given a free pass. Thank you, RA, for passing on some amusing moments. And thank you Serv, for not playing the fan blame/shame game.RA tweets,and taketh away tweets. His choice, his reasons. 🙂

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    • treadmill: yeah, especially since I assume he doesn’t listen to his own audiobooks while doing so …

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      • That’s a good point. Has anyone ever asked him if he listens to his own audio productions after completion? I would think he’d be sick of them after spending so many hours recording them. But maybe he is in love with the sound of his own voice. I might be if I sounded like him. And I was a dude. 🙂

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  15. Yes, Kathy Jones, he was ask this question recently in an interview. No, he doesn’t listen to his audio work after completion. Guess he does become weary of his own voice. I don’t, my favorite attribute of Richard’s.

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  16. I’m not on twitter much,but he is probably just getting rid of the old to make room for more. And I’ve heard he doesn’t listen to his own recordings unless he thinks he needs to change something. But can you emagine listening to yourself for god knows how many hours. And his voice is one of my favorite things as well,not to mention his looks,and so on and so on. Hehehe

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  17. I like the silly sense of humour – but on reflection he may have decided the tweets were a bit juvenile to be left on the permanent record! Just a joke to be shared for a few hours with friends.

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  18. […] I did engage in some commenting though, as did others – so you might want to read about it here and here  and in the comments on those […]

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  19. Thank you for articulating Mr A’s delete tweet activity. I sort of wondered why he seems to delete a lot, but ultimately never gave it much thought until this post. Everyone is in a different place in their lives so I don’t judge him or anyone else. A lot of what I post is written so fast and thoughtlessly due to my limited time/work demands, I pretty much move on and don’t think about it. Full disclosure, I’m a woman, but pretty insensitive and some personality traits are pretty callous or thick when it comes to the human condition. At work, anything I say, at any given time results in mostly positive response from the people that wander in where I work, but every once in a while, someone gets all butt-hurt over absolutely nothing. I don’t get offended or hurt. I’m used to it. Most people are not. For the most part, I try to be nice anyway because I realise their anger and lashing out at me or the store I work at is really more about the person doing the complaining. Not about what we said or did. Just today, a customer came in and apologised for trashing us on one of our FB pages. That is unusual, but we all appreciate his ‘manning-up’ as Sean put it. Whatever caused him to explode really didn’t have anything to do with us. My point? It might be difficult to be on the receiving end of negative responses to whatever you said or posted. You are right Serv, he is an adult and responsible for his own behavior. I have no criticism to what he does. This all just made me wonder if he didn’t feel comfortable with negative feedback and if so, it isn’t going to stop. Some people will be mean just to see if they can get him to delete stuff. There is always someone that has to draw attention to themselves by creating a hostile situation. Feel sorry for them, it is all they must have in life. 😈

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    • It’s absolutely difficult to be on the receiving end of criticism. But how one responds to criticism is one’s own choice (as you make clear). And yeah, people notice how one responds to it.

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  20. […] words, his career, his actions, his role choices, his relationships, or anything about his life. He makes his own decisions about deleting tweets and they should not be about us. If Richard Armitage needs me to defend anything about him, he’s really in much worse shape […]

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  21. […] fandom, I hope that watching the play around these tweets will make fans less likely to conclude, if something were to be deleted, that this is fans’ fault and that Armitage must be protected through attacks on other […]

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  22. […] case you’re sensing a theme or themes, here, eleven was also about who’s responsible for Armitage’s tweet deletions, and twelve was my response to Armitage’s statement about the U.S. presidential election. So […]

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  23. […] I suppose the emoji indicates that Armitage is joking here. But if so — why were exactly no comments in response to it joking? Probably a third of all the comments that responded to Armitage’s tweet spree this morning concerned this one and almost to a tweep they offered some kind of reassurance (mostly variations on: everyone has the right to an opinion, or you are not dumb, but with a few people saying they wanted to give the people who told him that a talking-to; this is another regular tendency, with fans saying that if Armitage deletes a tweet it’s fans’ fault — something I’ve been speaking against for years without success). […]

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