So who runs @RCArmitage?
Today Richard Armitage tweeted twice about the Orlando massacre. First, he tweeted critically about guns.
Then, he deleted the first tweet and expressed himself against hatred and prejudice.
I could say a lot of things about this. As you probably know, I tend to agree on a general level with both sentiments (although of course, reality is more complex). And I don’t know why the first post was deleted — did Armitage change his mind after reading the news? Did he regret the flak he attracted from non-fan tweeps by using the #Orlando hashtag? Did someone else realize that a 100 percent anti-gun position is potentially politically unwise in the United States for anyone seeking a wide audience (even though I am guessing it is the position of many other celebrities as well)? I don’t know.
If there’s a publicity person running this account (or more than one) they need to get a grip about their message and stick to one. When @RCArmitage tweets an opinion about something I care about — and then deletes it — if I’ve agreed or thought about it in the meantime, I feel like an idiot for having spent time thinking about it. It wouldn’t matter if it’s about something stupid, although it undermines the fan experience. I hate the tweeting and deleting because it’s the kind of thing that makes me think I need to spend all my time reading twitter or I will miss something, and then I feel stupid for caring that much or even being willing to spend that much time at the computer. But it’s more serious if the tweeting and deleting concerns something important, because I actually have engaged with thinking about it and caring about it and on that level, I’m emotionally attached. I’m willing to feel stupid for caring about Armitage’s silliness, but I’m not willing to feel silly for caring about politics.