I knew I had seen this before. Here it is. I posted the second pic as part of a 2013 photoshoot a while ago with the comment ‘I wonder if something like this will ever happen again’
. And then it happened again.
So, these two pics got me thinking about a few things and since this is my blog and I will post whatever I want in it, here they go:
‘Tom Hiddleston has lost his fanbase’. Nope, I don’t think so. Has anyone seen that thingie called SDCC happening the other day? Or watched the endless videos of screaming fans from these last few days?
‘Tom Hiddleston has changed’. How exactly? He talks to his fans, hugs them, takes selfies with them for hours when he could just leave for his hotel after a long work day at the set of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. He still is kind, polite, patient and considerate towards everybody. That in spite of not everybody being kind, polite, patient and considerate towards him of lately.
‘Tom Hiddleston has lost his credibility as an actor’. Well, hello? Emmys are happening and guess who got nominated?
‘Tom Hiddleston has lost his chance of becoming James Bond’. That one I’ll have to say ‘I hope so because Aidan Turner’. Sorry about that.
And finally: ‘Tom Hiddleston is in a relationship’. Hell yes, one that has brought a shitstorm into his fandom, but hopefully not so much into his personal life. ‘He’s not available anymore’. Oh, sweet people, don’t you get it? He never was. I don’t care what kind of relationship that is. I don’t care if I like his girlfriend or not. It’s none of my business to care.
I do care about these two photos side by side. They show this incredibly gifted actor, this really, really, ridiculously good looking guy being so very sweet to a fan when he doesn’t even have to. Three years between them, these pics. Now you think about that.
Today’s peek into the Museum archives celebrates today’s National Park Service centennial! Pictured is Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming. See many more photographs of National Parks and Monuments from the Museum archives on a new Pinterest board.
Altaïr: Men must be free to do what they believe. It is not our right to punish one for thinking what they do, no matter how much we disagree.
Jubair: Then what?
Altaïr: You of all people should know the answer. Educate them. Teach them right from wrong. It must be knowledge that frees them, not force.
Jubair: They do not learn, fixed in their ways as they are. You are naive to think otherwise. It’s an illness, for which there is but one cure.
Altaïr: You’re wrong. And that’s why you must be put to rest.
Jubair: Am I not unlike those precious books you seek to save? A source of knowledge with which you disagree? Yet you’re rather quick to steal my life.
Altaïr: A small sacrifice to save many. It is necessary.
Jubair: Is it not ancient scrolls that inspire the Crusaders? That fill Salāḥ ad-Dīn and his men with a sense of righteous fury? Their texts endanger others, bring death in their wake. I too, was making a small sacrifice. It matters little now. Your deed is done, and so am I.