Wednesday, April 27, 2011
W is for Wedding
W is something of a non brainer given all the publicity currently being given to the Royal wedding on Friday.
During the Joy Behar show Larry King was asked about Will and Kate’s nuptuals and the old cadaver quipped back, asking her if a nuclear crisis was still going on in Japan, what about the war in Libya, Colonel Gaddafi etc., didn’t America have a revolution hundreds of years ago to escape from the infernal Royals?
Perhaps someone needs to tell the U.S. TV networks that it’s not a wedding of the American Royal Family. The closest America gets to Royalty seems to be Donald Trump, judging by the amount of airtime he's getting.
In saying that you can’t really blame the U.S. networks for going big on this one as fairytale weddings don’t come along very often and usually the fairytale doesn’t last long anyway. To give Will and Kate their due, they have already tried the breaking up thing and still want to go through with this.
So the Royal wedding is a distraction from the ongoing torment in Japan and Libya with Syria next. It’s a nice feelgood story featuring two fairly young and presentable people.
My personal beef is the fact that the U.S. news networks seldom cover other news from Britain or elsewhere in the world unless there’s a cataclysm. Last year’s British General Election that led to the first hung Parliament in decades was historic, but didn’t get much air time over here.
And goings-on in countries such as France, Germany and Italy hardly get any air time unless it’s a murder trial featuring an American national, such as the Amanda Knox murder trial in Italy.
Despite my complaints I may well get up at 4 a.m. to watch the Royal wedding for a while. For a start I still have to drown those queasy memories of the last Royal Wedding between Charles and Camilla in 2005.
Hopefully this time most of the hoofs will belong to the horses in the wedding procession.
Kate and Will’s wedding bears the more obvious comparison with that of Charles and Diana in 1981.
When it comes to Royal weddings, it seems we are all unreconstructed lookists.