Contrary to popular belief, you CAN actually be too much of a Tom Hiddleston fan.
Where’s the line?
Probably masturbating during a live performance of his broadway show Betrayal.
If I’m reading this All That Chat post correctly, a female audience member masturbated to Tom Hiddleston during a performance of Betrayal on Broadway. pic.twitter.com/dVhmrAycQT
— Adam Roberts (@heyadamroberts) September 16, 2019
After the September 11 performance of the Pinter play, theater-goer TKTSVET posted his experience on the online forum Talkin’ Broadway.
“I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of Broadway plays over the past 55 years, with many strange occurrences — heart attacks, actors being knocked unconscious, scenery crashing on stage, drunk audience members, audience members eating an entire fried chicken meal center orchestra, drunks, loud snorers, a fistfight or two, etc. — but this left me speechless.”
“My friend and I were in Row B, seats 1-3 in the Jacobs. there were two seats in front of us, both occupied, and two seats to the left of us — only the one next to my companion was occupied, by a young woman in her early thirties, who was very well dressed and coiffed. We thought the strangest thing that was going to happen was a cell phone going off in the first four seconds of the show, but no.”
Hey there! Was the companion in this post- can confirm. It happened and it was truly a wild ride from start to finish
— Gary Bradley (@GaryBradley94) September 16, 2019
That’s when things took a turn for the worse…
“Betrayal is a very quiet play, with silent moments throughout, and for the most part the audience was very quiet as well (no further cell phone disruptions). We both started noticing that every time Tom Hiddleston said something provocative, our row mate would let out a large laugh, somewhat out of cadence with the rest of the audience.”
“A little further into the play (there is no intermission) she changed positions so that she was facing sideways in her seat with her body facing us and her head turned toward the stage (we initially assumed that she was uncomfortable in the seat).”
Hey, can we talk in private? Because I’m 99% sure who this is and I would love to identify her.
— maggie (@OfficialMaggieL) September 16, 2019
— Maimunah (@DaHeathenOne76) September 16, 2019
Could this really be happening?
“Not long thereafter, I could hear and my companion could feel a rhythmic banging against his armrest, punctuated by occasional low moans and giggles (not loud, but the women in front of me turned around a bunch of times with a puzzled look on her face). The rhythmic banging got faster and faster, until finally there was one slightly louder ‘Ha’ and she resumed normal seat position, put her head back and closed her eyes.”
The "Ha!" punctuations are… interesting.
— Dan Saltzstein (@dansaltzstein) September 16, 2019
“This attracted the attention of the people behind us and the man sitting in front of her, who shortly thereafter left his seat and was never seen again. We thought this bizarre incident was over, but lo and behold, as Tom Hiddleston got closer to downstage right and was kissing the female character, our row mate assumed the position again and once more started the process up, with another final ‘Ha’ and nap.”
— Barb Dignan (@barbdignan) September 17, 2019
The woman left quickly after the show, apparently having gotten whatever it was she needed.
“She woke up for the bows, stood and clapped enthusiastically and then exited quickly. There really is no question in our minds or the mind of the woman sitting in front of us what had happened.”
“We really just didn’t know what to do — if we left to get an usher it would have been very disturbing to the mood in the house, and what exactly would we say and what exactly could the usher do? Her noises and actions were sufficiently quiet and furtive that only we in the corner knew what was happening. Should we have reported it? She could easily deny it. And what on earth could the theatre do in any event? And what if, God forbid, we misinterpreted her actions, although it is hard for me to imagine that we did.”
I know some of the jokey responses to this may be an effort to mitigate discomfort, but it still feels worth mentioning that there’s nothing funny about masturbating in front of people w/o their consent. I hope there’ve been efforts to ID and ban this person, at the very least.
— Danielle (@TheDanimagus) September 17, 2019
— Michelle Maeve (@blkMYmorris) September 16, 2019
TKTSVET’s review of the play was ultimately a good one, but it was hard to ignore his neighbor’s behavior.
“By the way, the show really was wonderful and the cast first rate. But you might want to avoid seat B-3.”
Twitter was somehow both tickled and horrified!
you gotta keep the public
— 30to50feralhogs–Porn Cop (@30to50feralhog1) September 16, 2019
— Hipster Sasquatch, 2019 reboot (@Gr8SageEqlofHvn) September 17, 2019
Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good pic.twitter.com/L4JbA41ui5
— Jamie Righetti (@JamieRighetti) September 17, 2019
How can we expect Tom Hiddleston to keep hanging out in America if stuff like this keeps happening‽‽
Let’s get it together, people.
tom hiddleston has only been doing his play on broadway for a month and he’s already had someone telling him that they’re a stripper because of him and now someone masturbating to him in the audience can you let the poor man do his job in peace
— raya (@Iightandharmony) September 16, 2019
when he finishes his run and then files a restraining order against the entire city of new york then you will all see
— raya (@Iightandharmony) September 16, 2019
Many felt the author of the post should have said something to the theater’s staff right away.
THEYRE DOING WHAT IN THE AUDIENNCE
— alex • fire amar ramasar (@robbedsettos) September 16, 2019
— Michelle Sparrow ???? (@Shayne_147) September 17, 2019
— cindy drexler (@cckayd) September 17, 2019
While most people are familiar with Hiddleston because of the MCU films, the movie Crimson Peak offers a different side of Hiddleston. And you can get it here to enjoy in the privacy of your own home.
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