Seriously. What is the big deal with this alleged 'Royal Wedding'?
And I am not just grousing about this royal wedding, but any royal wedding. Should we really be endorsing the concept of leadership based on bloodlines instead of ballots? Royal weddings perpetuate this concept.
Oh sure, William and Kate appear to be a nice couple of kids, and who doesn't support young love? I wish them well, but I cannot and will not be sucked into this vortex of insanity.
The strangest reality in this story is just how much time certain networks are dedicating to coverage of what really is just a Society wedding. NBC and it's cable child, MSNBC planned extensive coverage, and not just of the wedding, but complete programs originating from England for a week leading up to the nuptials. (Is this possibly the reason why Martin Bashir was hired to anchor the 3pm hour on MSNBC?)
There are some signs of sanity as last week's New York Post reported NBC may be re-thinking their royal plans;
NBC Universal has cut a number of pretaped segments from its "aggressive and comprehensive coverage" of the royal wedding because insiders fear Prince William and Kate Middleton are "too boring," according to sources.
Even the New York Times seems to have fallen to my side of this argument.
How fascinated are Americans with Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s nuptials next week? According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, not very. Only 6 percent have been following news about the wedding very closely, and an additional 22 percent are following it somewhat closely.
My better half insists that my grumpiness is misplaced, that I should leave this one alone. Not happening. She insists, as many do, that Royal Weddings bring a substantial influx of tourist dollars to England's sagging economy. Really? Are we justifying propping-up an expensive and outdated concept like the Monarchy to sell souvenirs? Can you pay for all the castles and crumpets with the taxes collected on sales of Royal condoms, toilet seats or a Will & Kate fridge? (A GE product.)
Perhaps they are counting on volume sales of things like the "Royal Wedding Sick Bag."
The souvenirs are certainly bringing some fun to this madness, but not enough to knock me off message here. Monarchies are something I cannot support. If you require further clarification, perhaps this scene from 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail' can help.