On Calexora’s blog, I mused over the idea of the Armitage Army lobbying the BBC to produce the Richard III project that has been a long-cherished dream of Richard Armitage.
I am a new RA fan and I have been amazed and inspired by the incredible women in the RA fandom. Why not harness this collective creativity and passion towards this goal so that the BBC knows there is a global audience for the project—an audience that will heavily promote the series online, watch the series, and (most likely) purchase the DVD?
Hail the power of social media!
—Passionate letters in support of RA due to his personal and long-standing commitment to the project. It would also be wonderful for Richard to have the opportunity to play the role of Richard III before he outgrows it.
—Passionate letters in support of RA using the point-of-view of RA roles and RA-related characters. For example: Guy of Gisborne demands that you fund this programme or he shall seize your land and force your staff to wear black leather and eyeliner! Guards!
Great opportunity for fan fiction writers!
—Letter + picture from your state/province/territory/country to show the global reach of the RA fanbase with a “Richard III for Richard Armitage!” sign. Note: it would be great to send some items beyond letters to attract more attention, but we don’t want to scare the BBC mail service. It would be best to send small, flat items. —Send birthday cards for RA and condolence cards for Richard III
—Graphic/artwork to promote the project.
—Perhaps send in copies of The Sunne in Splendour —Perhaps mail in fake/real petrol (gas) cards so that the BBC can “step on the gas”
I would also suggest that we mark all packages with “Richard III for Richard Armitage” as a courtesy to the BBC mail service. BBC Audience Services
PO Box 1922
DL3 0UR <— that’s zero, U, R
Please respond to this post if you are interested and can spread the word to RA web affiliates.
I’m not especially tech-savvy, but we could:
—Create a special website with a petition
—Create a badge/website link available to post on other RA websites
—Post letters, upload fan art, post tumblr images, YouTube videos, pictures
—Potential Twitter hash tag: #RIIIforRichardArmitage
—Graphics: “Richard For King: 1483” or parodies of contemporary political ad slogans. For example, instead of “Not Flash, Just Gordon,” how about “Not Shakespeare, Just Armitage”? Or RA with a crown, on a throne, fighting in a battle, RA’s face superimposed on RIII images
—Videos splicing past Richard IIIs with RA, RA fan videos with songs about royalty/kings/patriotism
—Post/send pictures with a “Richard III For Richard Armitage!” sign in front of a landmark/city/state/province marker
—Recruit RA fans in forums, contacting webmasters, tumblr users, and YouTube users and watchers
Ideas, counter-arguments, suggestions all welcome.