I’d recognize that thumb anywhere OR all that petting wasted on a dog

~ by Servetus on July 8, 2018.

39 Responses to “I’d recognize that thumb anywhere OR all that petting wasted on a dog”

  1. I tuned in to the voice ❤ and the forearm! 😍🙂

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  2. Thumb and/or voice – dead giveaway. 😍 I’m assuming it’s the funicular up to the Fisherman’s Bastion? Wonderful views, although if I were in that car I don’t think I’d be looking at them lol.

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  3. Do you have any idea what’s he saying? Henry
    is Michelle Forbes dog right?

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  4. Hopefully MF will be a source of information RA is too quiet when he is working

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    • I saw her Instagram posts about her journeys
      w Henry so maybe R will pop up there like
      Mina Tander did.

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  5. Don’t you just feel like a fly on the wall? Wish I could make out what he’s saying. Something about paintings.

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    • Yep, I have listened to it like 20 times and I can’t understand anything except maybe “good boy Henry”. Is it just me or is MF’s phone video sort of scatty and not that fluid? Do you think she on purpose did not show whose all on board that carriage (ie R) except Henry and a forearm/watch/thumb or is she more like I am and my phone videos tend to try to get the subject in action (in this case either my three dogs or my two nieces) and end up zooming in and zooming out and a jumbled mess.

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      • Oh, this is totally fan-baiting. I don’t why her vid quality is so poor, but she kind of made her twitter numbers by sharing stuff about him, then found (a) she liked the attention but (b) didn’t like the heat so much. Additionally, he doesn’t like the attention, or at least has an ambivalent relationship with it. Making a vid about her dog that’s really about Armitage is precisely her style, and I’m sure he would have agreed that she can post it — letting her do the dirty work of confirming he’s in Budapest.

        She’s an example of someone I feel a real conflict about. Valerie is one of my favorite characters — MF is obviously a solid actor — but MF herself is someone whom (if her Twittter persona bears any relationship to the real person) I find so unsympathetic that I’d go out of my way to avoid her if I had to encounter her in real life.

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        • Gosh I’m really naïve here. I know she is really politically outspoken but that (the fan baiting) just seems very manipulative to me that she would sound off on all the political stuff (she has a beef with a lot of dems also) but then use similar tactics on her social media account (ie up her likes or whatever the term is). I’m sure he said ok for her to post it (maybe she would have done it anyway?) but I hope he doesn’t play those type of mind games. It seems a bit dishonest to me. Is that what actors have to do today to be seen? Ugh…
          I agree I like her Valerie character a lot and I think she would intimidate me in real life-she seems to have a really strong personality although I like her journey with Henry bec I have three dogs and they are like my kids to me.

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          • It’s a kind of fairly typical pattern that when he’s in a new project, some fans scout out everyone else in the project and follow them in hopes of gaining additional information. A small subset of those fans then try to ingratiate themselves with / befriend the new “target.” MF was extremely responsive to all of this attention when BS started, as she gained several hundred followers when it became clear that she was happy to speak to fans and eager to distribute information, and she had regular exchanges with some of his fans.

            To come to my reading, you’d have had to have seen 2015 unfold. But for instance, she posted once that Armitage had practically become a vegan, which was he looked so young — along with a photo of him in which he had twelve layers of makeup on — then got upset and acted all wounded when the predictable uproar ensued. She posted a selfie of him holding a political protest sign about gorillas living in Africa that were the responsibility of a NYC blood bank, advocating the harassment of one of its officers. She also posted some things involving him that probably he never would have, not just pictures of them together, but stuff about food, etc. Then there was all the stuff around their visit to the refugee center (she looked blatantly unhappy to be there). It all has the stink of “attention whore,” but she’d have never gotten any of that attention if it weren’t for him / his fans.

            Obviously I don’t know how he read any of this, but after the spring of 2015 he became much more reticent in tweeting from Berlin / the BS set. She continued as a frequent poster but didn’t refer to him so often. His increasing silence may not have been owing to that, precisely, i.e., there could have been other reasons / things on his mind — and even before Twitter he was often silent while working — but as her posts changed, too, it seemed to reasonable to hypothesize that she agreed that her posting about him had become a problem and decided to (mostly) refrain. Almost all of the pictures of them together (not all, but almost all) come from her account.

            She strikes me as one of those people who just won’t be told “no” if she’s enthusiastic about something, and her affinity with extreme political views tends to underscore my perception.

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            • Thanks for the clarification and back story. She strikes me as a person who doesn’t like the word “no” at all. That’s a shame if she used R and his fan base to her advantage. I just must have rose colored glasses on.. maybe it is better if he does his thing and posts more what my mom calls “nature photos”- landscapes and spiraling staircases and architecture than group photos although I like the photos when he is goofing around with the crew (ie The Lodge end of shoot in the car photo). I also hope he’s not that easily manipulated and is simply enjoying the camaraderie right now that maybe she and Henry bring to the table.

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              • I think they are genuinely good friends; they see each other voluntarily off the set (although we only know that because of her). I also think that there is very little one can do to get through acute grief that is unacceptable.

                I just don’t get her urge to report on him so regularly when she knows he doesn’t do that sort of thing. There was a subset of fans who felt strongly that they were in a relationship, and a somewhat larger subset of fans who felt she was the victim of an unrequited crush on him. Then there was a group that theorized that she was posting all this stuff of them together for his sake, i.e., that she was for some reason bearding him aggressively. It’s impossible to say for sure, although some things are more likely than others. I don’t know if she has or had a crush on him, but I do know she loves attention and he does not.

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                • Hmm I wouldn’t blame her for crushing on him. I mean he’s all that and more.

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                  • It’s a really interesting problem, isn’t it? I mean, yeah, I have a crush on him, too. But there’s something that people perceive as inherently shaming about unrequited crushes, and that’s been a sort of acute dynamic in the fandom from time to time (coming both from inside the fandom and from mean observers / trolls).

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                    • I am happy that he makes me crush on him
                      and that there are other woman who feel the same way ie this blog. I will say that admittedly
                      I had an unrequited crush on a guy in college
                      and felt heartbroken and rejected when he did
                      not return the emotions so if MF had felt that way toward Richard I do empathize for her. But I think she commented on her Instagram under
                      a “hip” photo that an ex boyfriend took the pic and when pressed she said he was a skateboarder. I don’t know if that was code for
                      something else but if those are the types she goes for well Richard is safe😉

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          • I guess — and this would be a longer conversation — I have a real beef (!) with her issues about farming. I think she consistently misrepresents the vast majority of farmers. (I also don’t think it’s inherently wrong to exploit animals for food.) She is also intentionally ignorant, it seems, of very real wildlife conservation issues, most of which don’t have to do with exotic species who are being cruelly extinguished, but relate to how we live with wildlife around us every day. There are lots of people on the left like that and it’s just a place where I don’t fit in, due to upbringing and life experiences — and I can imagine that if you’ve never gotten up close and personal with a white-tail deer on the front fender of your car at 1 a.m. on a deserted road, you won’t get why people have issues with unmanaged wildlife.

            But that she doesn’t see that keeping pets is also a means of exploiting animals really annoys the hell out of me. She isn’t milking Henry for food, but she she sure uses him to prop up her ego and emotions — how is this not exploitation? Does Henry really want to fly around the world with her? Maybe he’s up for cuddles, but I kind of doubt dogs really want to be airborne. With the international flight system the way it is, I think it may be abusive to transport animals this way, but she does it not because she has to, or she needs food, or whatever, but just to make herself feel good. To be clear — I am not in favor of animal cruelty, nor would I defend everything about the U.S. food delivery system. I have no issues with people who have pets and take care of them — I am not an animal lover but if you are, more power to you. However, to say “I’m not exploiting animals because I don’t eat or abuse them” seems willfully self-unaware to me.

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            • It’s funny that you bring up about bringing Henry to Budapest. She used him as a “service dog” on the Air France flight. First any dog that flies in the cabin has to be under 15 pounds and be able to fit under the seat in front in a pet carry-on. Henry is way bigger than that. Second she posted in Instagram that he was a good boy to ‘hold it in for 17 hours” that is really bad!! My dogs can’t hold it in for 1 hour in the car before they bolt for the nearest bush or tree. Third, I found it very hypocritical of her to use Henry as a service dog just to get him inside the plane to ride. Service dogs are invaluable to many disabled people and many people like MF use this term very loosely to their advantage which is grossly unfair. I will say that I love my dogs fiercely and they provide unconditional love to me so I believe her love and probably devotion to Henry but yeah she talks out of both sides of her mouth.

              I highly doubt Richard will become vegan like her. I think vegan is a loose term these days too.

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              • I don’t follow her so I didn’t know this stuff. WOW. She misrepresented him as a service dog? What disability is it that she has again? And he didn’t go walkies for SEVENTEEN hours? How is that not abusive?

                I don’t think Armitage was ever vegan (he was described once as eating steak tartare). His favorite cuisine is Japanese / sushi. When interviewed (after she said he was practically a vegan) about what his goto dish for guests is, he said roast chicken. He loves ice cream. I can imagine that he refrained from eating animal products in her presence out of politeness or desire not to get hassled about it, but vegan? Nah.

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                • Yes on her Instagram post which I went to after you had posted the vid w/Henry and R’s thumb there are posts with her and Henry on board the Air France flight and one has him wearing the Service Dog harness which is authentic bec I have seen those around. A person had commented what a good boy Henry was to hold it in for 17 hours. There was another commenter who had asked her if he had to be quarantined in Budapest. Overall I think the posts w Henry are sweet. But I agree that using Henry as a “service dog” upset me. It’s like cutting to the front of the line just because you think you can. She has a rather big ego too.

                  The vegan stuff- he’s a big guy and strikes me as liking a lot of different cuisines although I’m not a sushi fan myself-I’m still hungry after eating it but to go completely off of just about everything except salads-they don’t eat fish either right? I would think after awhile he would start to get annoyed if MF tried to hassle him about it esp ice cream! I recently read Benedict Cumberbatch is vegan and goes so far as to wear vegan suits and shoes to events. I wonder if her outfits are vegan or those designer sunglasses she wore in the cathedral pic w/Henry were vegan. Just bec you say you are doesn’t always mean that..

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                  • service dogs — given the level of conflict over them in the U.S., anyone who doesn’t need one who brings their pet on a plane is engaging in socially disruptive behavior.

                    re: diet, I think the only diets he follows closely are the ones he uses to lose or gain weight for roles. He seems to be an omnivore otherwise. And he has a jazillion leather jackets that I don’t see him giving up any time soon.

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                    • Service dogs are very valuable when they are employed as SERVICE dogs not used as a pretense to have Henry ride in first class on Air France that’s what got my goat bec MF rails against so many injustices going on but then uses the system to her advantage. Like no!

                      I like omnivore he’s a omnivore maybe in a lot of different ways 😀oh gosh it’s late and I can’t sleep again ugh…..

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                    • He looks smokin hot in his leather jackets!

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                  • re: injustices — I feel like it’s the current liberal sin. (Maybe there’s a conservative variety but I am not as exposed to it at present.) Case in point: there’s this current initiative to get rid of plastic straws or at least reduce their use (some people will still need them, obvs). So one of the most outspoken people in my FB feed posts about how everyone is worried about sea tortoises and no one cares about the detained asylum seekers on the US border. Now, first of all, that’s clearly not true, as my feed is also full of people who have tried to visit detention centers, called their representatives, protested, etc., etc. But secondly, it’s not like the person who posted about the soda straws being a first world problem was actually doing anything about the asylum seekers, either. I mean, call out people who are trying to do something positive for not picking the right thing to do, from the comfortable position of doing nothing? Leave me out of that.

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                    • Yes I would wholeheartedly agree with you
                      and my gut feeling is MF falls into that category
                      so I’m sorta happy when Richard tweets stuff like Americans are our friends but stays away
                      from more divisive issues like Trump or Boris
                      Johnson or even Putin. Although I’m fascinating by Brexit and have reread some
                      of his tweets on that topic.

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                • I wouldn’t mind him serving roast chicken w Yorkshire pudding and a nice Pinot Noir-I’d be a happy camper

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      • I think MF is really just making movies of her doggie and doesn’t care much about technique. Bonus for us that it has some Armitage.

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        • Hmm. I think there’s an argument for it being about the view from the funicular, but for a film about her dog, there isn’t much of him in it (and even less that doesn’t include Armitage). I really don’t think this film is about her dog.

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          • From her Instagram, it seemed to me that she’s almost doing a series of Henry’s Adventures (i.e. the Henry and the Funicular title), or at least her adventures as shown through Henry’s participation.

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            • ok, fair enough, and I haven’t watched the rest of the instagram (not interested in dogs). It’s just a weird perspective to me, if you’re trying to show your dog’s participation, to only photograph the top of his head.

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          • I have a tendency (maybe naive) to always want to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume their motives are good. BUT… it did of course strike me that she has some RA on there having a private conversation with her and I wondered how okay he is that she is using this. They do seem to be good friends and he likely did okay it, but I would suspect he wasn’t really planning for his conversation to be recorded. Like you say, I’m sure she is not unaware that his fans will follow her if she posts about him. (By the way, I noticed the “service dog” post too and I wondered how she got that harness. Again giving benefit of the doubt, I wondered if she may have anxiety or panic attacks while flying and a dog is preferable to a Xanax.)

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            • I start off giving them the benefit of the doubt, but I’m willing to change that if I see evidence that they don’t deserve it. And as I said above — I have a positive opinion of her as an actor, just not as a human being. Maybe she has a disability, and I agree not all disabilities are visible, but it’s weird that she didn’t refer to him as a service dog before if that is the case.

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            • Well she had posted she had a trainer which
              I assume was to validate using Henry as a
              “Service dog” but if you see her other pics of
              Henry he’s not wearing the harness in public
              So I agree always give the benefit of the doubt
              but in this case I think you are right on the
              money and her motives were to get Henry inside the cabin as a “Service dog”
              As for the anxiety the Xanax or Ativan would
              have been fine for her on a 17 hour flight
              without the need of Henry as a Service dog
              just saying ..,,

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    • I also heard “useful opportunity.”

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  6. My take = Travels With Henry is our entre into the rest of Mishka’s world, however inclusively she wants it to be 😉

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    • Yeah that is true-I was bored last night and was browsing thru her Instagram (admittedly to find pics of Richard) and her latest has her and Henry walking thru an abandoned building. There is some conversation but I just can’t tell what is being said. I don’t think Richard’s there, I think it is just she and Henry and Henry looks happy but it’s a bit bizarre. The vid quality is good though in the clip.

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