This is not a distraction post. Quite frankly, I am delighted that Mr A has chosen to go political on us, *especially* after his latest delete-fest. *Any* time is a time for taking a political stand, but maybe I am particularly primed for it as Ireland is in the last 24 hours before its general election (tomorrow). While I keep the blog generally reserved for RA-related stuff and refrain from politicising (because it is OT in the context of my blog), I strongly welcome the expression of political views by my favourite celebs. Yeah, yeah, “I try not to vent my personal political views publicly, I’m an actor after all so I should probably stick to that“, Richard said in his 2015 Christmas message. In fact I completely disagree. An actor is a human. All humans are political animals. An actor is a political animal. (Aristotle) And as an actor with celebrity status, Richard has an audience and a wide reach – I find that almost an *obligation* to speak up. Whether his audience will agree with his views or not, is immaterial. The point is that an opinion voiced by an “influencer” creates awareness. And that is needed, more than ever!
I am more than pleased that Richard has chosen to air his views. Living in Berlin and working on a
post-Cold War production as he currently does, it is impossible to ignore the historical precedent that was set in Berlin with the building of the wall in 1961. Those of us who remember the wall in situ, have an obligation to prevent something like the Iron Curtain from falling down on us again. It is bad enough that there are euphemistically named “peace lines” still in existence in the world. Palestine and Northern Ireland come to mind. They do not keep the peace. They keep humans from interacting and communicating, they segregate and classify into those who are wanted and those who are not. Which goes against the first law of humanity: We are all equal. So, a massive big thank you to Richard Armitage for commenting on politics and pointing out that walls create dead ends! Anywhere in the world.
Enough pontification. This is a shrine post, and here we go. I had to wait a long time to blog about this particular RAPS mini. It was due for commenter Austoz who lives in – you can guess from her name – Australia. An Post took its sweet time to deliver my package, but I finally received confirmation about its arrival while I was wandering Berlin. Austoz was one of the supporters of the cRAfting for charity auctions last year and won the mini shrine for her participation.
Panther or Tiger? Guy or Dolly?
A black panther. Leather clad. On the prowl since 1192. Yes, it’s Sir Guy. (Can you see the black panther sneaking into the tin?)
The black and yellow feathers refer to Guy’s coat of arms. And well, I just could not resist adorning the beautiful knight with a little flower. Looks pretty good. (Next thing he’ll be wearing Hello Kitty hair clips…)
But nothing can deface a beautiful man. Or question Sir Guy’s masculinity. In fact, a bit of humour makes any man sexy. It speaks of reflection and intelligence. I hope Austoz agrees with me on that. And smiles on her RAPS.
Have a nice Guy Day tomorrow! I hope it is a good sign for my desired election outcomes in Ireland.