I was doing my morning coffee and gossip trash round, when I came upon this article from The Daily Mail:
The title pretty much says it all and sums up the quality of the article.
There’s nothing quite like having all your alleged life problems analysed by a tabloid in one swift go.
Before you say anything, I know it’s The Mail, but even trashy tabloids are supposed to at least pretend they are upkeeping some level of journalism.
This is just painful to read.
Here’s just a little sample of what you get:
The writer (I struggle to call him a journalist) uses tidbits from different previous Cumberbatch interviews, sprinkles it with innuendoes, and dresses it all up in a sensationalist blanket.
It reads like a description of a cheap novel.
Don’t believe me?
“Last month, the pair were photographed snuggling on a sun-lounger beside a pool at Ibiza’s Hotel Hacienda. She is wearing next to nothing, and he strokes her arm as she nuzzles his face with her blonde hair”
“His angered outpourings may have had their root in his tortured private life. After a dozen years, during which they had made a nest together in a flat in Hampstead, North London, he and actress Olivia Poulet had parted. In an instant, all his hopes for a family had vanished”
This article is just so bad it makes my teeth hurt.
It got me thinking that, even with the absence of any real news (which, quite frankly, is not true as there’s new Cumberbatch info every other day), recycling old quotes and making them sound thrilling fills newspaper columns, and gets people reading.
I find observing Benedict’s rise to fame thrilling, and I honestly believe that he deserves all the success and notoriety he’s getting, but it must be so uncomfortable to see such utter crap written about you.
Today’s “article” made me truly thankful that Richard Armitage does his upmost to keep his private life under wraps.
The less personal details he gives away, the less chance they will be taken out of context and twisted.
A part of me had always wished that RA would be more forthcoming, like he was early on in his career.
Now I realise that I would be shattered if I had to read such slosh about him, and can only imagine how disturbing our beloved actor would find it.
I’ve sometimes accused Richard of not fully taking advantage of the opportunities that The Hobbit has offered him of becoming a “household name”.
Now I think that instead of notoriety, Richard may well be content in letting his work speak for itself.