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Uncomfortable was the word that first emerged from our souls when we laid eyes on the W magazine photos of Tom Hiddleston in his skivvies. If you haven’t seen them yet, click here or just read this post…
Jamie: I actually laughed when I saw a few of them, which I’m pretty sure isn’t the reaction they were going for. They’re not action shots, he’s not doing anything. It’s literally, “LET ME LOUNGE ON THIS BED IN MY UNDERWEAR.”
Lorena: Ha! The one where he’s got clothes still on, but the shirt is unbuttoned is the only super hot one to me.
Jamie: I don’t know if he considers something like this along the same lines as advocating for more male nudity in films? Because actresses do shoots like this all the time.
Lorena: I don’t know. Maybe? The shoot was back in April, Met Gala was May 2nd, it all happened out of logical order, I suppose. It’s just so disappointing. But it still feels so PR stunty.
Jamie: Ultimately I agree with the fact that this is disappointing. Especially considering there’s no interview. Like, they’re not even trying. They mentioned The Night Manager…which was over weeks ago. So… PR stunty is a good term as to why I dislike this whole thing so much. Because it seems so unlike him (or at least unlike the image he’s presented thus far).
Lorena: Sigh. I’m just done with tom at the moment. What a shame.
But the T Hiddy Committee couldn’t move on. We’re not concerned with Taylor, who cares about them being together or not, whatevs. No, we just found ourselves feeling… disillusioned by it all. Disillusioned with Tom. Tom who we have put years of energy into.
Jamie: I’m still genuinely so confused by what’s going on with him right now. And not necessarily even in a judgmental way. Just a basic “this information doesn’t compute” kind of thing.
Jamie: Is he going through a weird phase in his life right now? Because his most recent choices…it’s not who he’s dating (although I admit that they seem like an odd pair to me), it’s how he’s dating. It’s so counter to the way he’s always gone about this kind of stuff. And for these photos to come out right after. Not feeling it.
Lorena: Maybe it is a phase… I’m already married though. I don’t need to deal with weird phases in more than one man!!!
Lorena: Ugh! I feel so let down 🙁 I didn’t think I would but it’s like whyyyyy!
After shock wore thin, Lorena finally went back to Tumblr to see what there was to see, and there she found a summation of what we were feeling, expressed succinctly by two random people:
Person 1: I’m not surprised there has been backlash. Tom was steadily increasing his name & talent in both UK & US. He is ever so charming & funny with the reporters, radio hosts, moderators, fans, etc. He impressed people w/ his intelligence & commitment to craft. He’s not just Loki anymore. Plus he pretty well steered clear of drama. He plays coy about James Bond & everyone falls under the Hiddleston Effect.
And suddenly he’s doing underwear spreads & Mr. PDA w/ popstar Taylor Swift, who has 80mil followers and famously publicizes her relationships to the camera. When you date TS, she’s the star and you’re expected to always be at her side. Media was hoping for the next great actor, not someone joining her fame-hungry squad. So yeah, it seems a bit out of left field.
Person 2: Tom does seem to have done a complete 180°.
This is a man whom, just mere weeks ago, was talking about his desire to maintain his privacy and to keep certain things ‘sacred’. His photoshoots usually involved him wearing a bespoke suit and rocking his Sears catalogue pose.
Now, a few days after his snogging session with Taylor went viral, he’s posing in his underwear and doing an impression of a poor man’s Calvin Klein model. The photographs were taken in April, yes, but why is it only now that we’re seeing them? W have picked their moment, and Tom has willingly gone along with it. His reputation as a humble, charming, and funny man has been ruined by this little PR stunt, perhaps irrevocably.
Tom has brought this upon himself.
Jamie: It’s weird to think we only just met him two weeks ago.
Lorena: My husband said it well earlier. He likes to speak in sports terms, and loves hockey, and he phrased it: “It’s just like touching the Stanley Cup. Once you do it, it changes your relationship with the Cup. Tom is your Cup.”
Jamie: I know nothing about most sports, so I’m going to pretend that he made that comparison about figure skating or gymnastics. 😉 But I think I get it. It’s kind of like you peaked with Tom and now you’re good?
Lorena: Right. And really, when I look back on that photo now, Chris Hemsworth’s expression makes so much more sense. He’s totally judging Tom. Unable to smile in all his judgements.
Jamie: Right! He’s not all “taking photos with fans is awkward.” No, he’s thinking “Tom what are you doing with life choices right now?”
Lorena: The whole photo experience goes down differently now. Like, is Taylor waiting in the hotel room for Tom? Is he about to jump a hopper flight to Rhode Island? Should I have offered him a ride back to New York when I went home that day? “Here, take the L train to Union Square and then the 6 to SoHo.”
Jamie: I like to think what happened here is that Chris and Tom haven’t caught up in a while. Maybe they haven’t gotten fully into Thor 3 prep yet and when they got into Philly, Chris asked an innocuous, “Hey man, what’s new with you?” And the response he got was…not what he was expecting lol
Jamie: So where do we go from here?
Lorena: I just don’t even know. I mean, I’m buried in James D’Arcy films and shows (just finished Broadchurch season 2…so good!), so that’s my main man at the moment. And of course I’ve been cheating on Tom with Henry for awhile. Though his luster had faded for me in Tom’s excitement of late. That’s come to a screeching halt.
Jamie: Maybe we need to take a break from Tom while he gets his shit together?
Lorena: I feel like I’m already on a break from Tom! lol I feel like we broke up a couple days ago and the reality of it hit me finally today.
Jamie: Armie would never do this to me.
Lorena: You say that now!
Jamie: Haha he wouldn’t though! His photo shoots are usually much more up my alley.
I definitely had this photo ready to go and already saved on my desktop. I love it because it’s so cornily perfect. It says, “It’s a beautifully crisp autumn day, Jamie. Let’s go apple picking! I’ll get the ones on the higher branches and we’ll laugh together about how short you are.” What an American prince.
And this one is perfect just because I’m a heterosexual woman with functioning eyeballs. Notice how he’s not on a bed in his underwear with his legs spread.
Lorena: You know who else isn’t disappointing? This man and his stuffed puffin, Oscar.
Jamie: What a nerd, I love it. Posing with a stuffed animal like it’s nbd
Lorena: I love him almost as much as I love Oscar’s super star sweater vest.
Jamie: We could do Hammer Time or Cavill Corner?
Jamie: Right now works for me. Armie Hammer just posted this photo of him and his daughter on Instagram recently and I definitely have no feelings whatsoever about it. Just in case you were wondering. I do not care about this in any way.
A photo posted by Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) on
Jamie: And by “no feelings” I of course mean that I basically started crying.
Lorena: LOL you know how I feel about kids and men… but Armie’s daughter is adorable.
Here’s the thing: we’re The T Hiddy Committee. We’re not going to pretend like Tom has fallen off the face of the Earth just because we’re kind of weirded out by what’s going on right now. And if we’re being honest, we don’t expect this whole phase to last very long. (An odd time that he can explore in his future memoir, perhaps?) I’m sure we’ll be back in no time.
Tom is a good actor who picks good projects, and that’s always going to be exciting. But until something work related comes around again, we may have to go on a bit of a Hiddleston hiatus if all of the stories surrounding Tom are of a more gossip magazine-y nature. That’s just not our kind of thing, so we wouldn’t do a good job talking about it anyway. Luckily, there are lots of other things going on that we can focus on for the time being. We hear that there’s a political election going on. Surely nothing about that could be weird and disconcerting, right?!