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malaise

(269,482 posts)
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 08:56 AM Apr 2021

Damn I love the Irish!Harry and Meghan: The union of two great houses, the Windsors and the

Celebrities, is complete
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/harry-and-meghan-the-union-of-two-great-houses-the-windsors-and-the-celebrities-is-complete-1.4504502

Having a monarchy next door is a little like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and has daubed their house with clown murals, displays clown dolls in each window and has an insatiable desire to hear about and discuss clown-related news stories. More specifically, for the Irish, it’s like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and, also, your grandfather was murdered by a clown.

Beyond this, it’s the stuff of children’s stories. Having a queen as head of state is like having a pirate or a mermaid or Ewok as head of state. What’s the logic? Bees have queens, but the queen bee lays all of the eggs in the hive. The queen of the Britons has laid just four British eggs, and one of those is the sweatless creep Prince Andrew, so it’s hardly deserving of applause.

We cut sporadically to the couple’s own property, where they wander in hoodies, jeans and anoraks, as if to say, ‘We’re just regular rich folk, Oprah, no different from you or Tom Hanks or Jeff Bezos’
The contemporary royals have no real power. They serve entirely to enshrine classism in the British nonconstitution. They live in high luxury and low autonomy, cosplaying as their ancestors, and are the subject of constant psychosocial projection from people mourning the loss of empire. They’re basically a Rorschach test that the tabloids hold up in order to gauge what level of hysterical batshittery their readers are capable of at any moment in time.

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Damn I love the Irish!Harry and Meghan: The union of two great houses, the Windsors and the (Original Post) malaise Apr 2021 OP
Best of both worlds. Kid Berwyn Apr 2021 #1
Lol! Treefrog Apr 2021 #21
The British Royals are part of the show. That is all ... FakeNoose Apr 2021 #2
Harry understood the facts early on - the Royal Family is a celebrity gig Arazi Apr 2021 #3
His things are twofold, at least: 1) His mum said he took after her scatterbrain. 2) The 2nd son UTUSN Apr 2021 #39
Brilliant and hilarious! Thanks for posting, Malaise. Tanuki Apr 2021 #4
My favorite excerpt of this exceedingly witty piece: NNadir Apr 2021 #5
It is hilarious malaise Apr 2021 #7
Harry and Meghan are the only royals I like... Jon King Apr 2021 #6
Exactly! Duppers Apr 2021 #36
This is Swiftian in its skewering, which is ironic in an Alanis Morissette sort of way... n/t MrModerate Apr 2021 #8
That is a profound observation malaise Apr 2021 #9
Brilliant! Doc Sportello Apr 2021 #10
K and R Ferrets are Cool Apr 2021 #11
I'm sending this to creepy, OCD Piers amuse bouche Apr 2021 #12
Remember how the Obama haters SWORE that Obama "bowed" to the Queen? CTyankee Apr 2021 #13
Gracious and charming Unwind Your Mind Apr 2021 #16
Well, Hell, of course they bowed their heads a little TNNurse Apr 2021 #27
I think he was alleged to have bowed to the Emperor of Japan as well. For heaven's sake... Hekate Apr 2021 #35
i saw some of the hilarious "the windsors" which leaves the two oldest ones out certainot Apr 2021 #14
I love The Windsors musette_sf Apr 2021 #29
If you haven't seen the episode with TFG musette_sf Apr 2021 #30
i haven't seen the last episodes but will have to get back to them for sure certainot Apr 2021 #32
The existence of the British monarchy wnylib Apr 2021 #15
The wit of the Irish is an international treasure. MLAA Apr 2021 #17
"your grandfather was murdered by a clown." panader0 Apr 2021 #18
That was a great line malaise Apr 2021 #20
He uses the phrase "London Mafia" and is right TxGuitar Apr 2021 #22
That line stood out to me too & gave me a rueful chuckle... Hekate Apr 2021 #34
Great piece! Dream Girl Apr 2021 #19
I haven't laughed this hard in a long time!!! Thanks!!! CaptainTruth Apr 2021 #23
I got the sense that the author is not an enthusiastic royalist. BobTheSubgenius Apr 2021 #24
How's that for understatement malaise Apr 2021 #26
Guilty. BobTheSubgenius Apr 2021 #37
Ouch! Mme. Defarge Apr 2021 #25
I like John Olivers comments on the royals from Colbert.. mitch96 Apr 2021 #28
Good read luckone Apr 2021 #31
That was a fun read! Thanks, malaise. nt Hekate Apr 2021 #33
K&R for, I shall not speak, much. UTUSN Apr 2021 #38

Arazi

(6,829 posts)
3. Harry understood the facts early on - the Royal Family is a celebrity gig
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:27 AM
Apr 2021

No different than Hollywood.

Once you strip away the "veneer", the Brits just propped up these folks and these rituals to be their country's celebrities. Harry played along until it was obvious Meghan was going to be cast as the "bad girl" by the tabloids along with the fact that Buck House refused to protect her. Diana redux.

And the two of them were facing a lifetime of having Charles then William as their boss?

Fuck that shit.

Meghan knew that if you're going to be a celebrity, you might as well call the shots. I mean she already was a celebrity so she knew there was another way.

Megs and Harry blew a big ass hole in the illusion of the Royal gig. Good

UTUSN

(70,835 posts)
39. His things are twofold, at least: 1) His mum said he took after her scatterbrain. 2) The 2nd son
Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:34 PM
Apr 2021

syndrome of the archaic system - lots of those colonists were seconds or further down the pecking order, in which the top spot was all for the heir.

As for her, her celebrity was not top slot either. And the two together aren't really devoid of the appurtenances of the archaic system. She bewailed to Oprah about their kid's being denied a title. They seem to want it both ways - keep status but do what they want.






NNadir

(33,621 posts)
5. My favorite excerpt of this exceedingly witty piece:
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:59 AM
Apr 2021
Over the course of the interview Harry and Meghan, who are charming, clever and good at being celebrities, make the monarchy look like an archaic and endemically racist institution that has no place in the modern world. Well duh. And despite all the outrage you might read in the UK tabloids right now, they also did something else that renders everything else irrelevant: they officially launched themselves in the United States.


Thanks for posting it. It's pretty funny.

Jon King

(1,910 posts)
6. Harry and Meghan are the only royals I like...
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:01 AM
Apr 2021

just because they exposed the sheer lunacy of the entire concept and said "well if we are going to be famous anywhere, might as well get away from bad weather, bad food, and boring people".

The fact that Piers Morgan and the British press hate them makes them even cooler to me.

Doc Sportello

(7,560 posts)
10. Brilliant!
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:22 AM
Apr 2021

A needed antidote to all the BS we're being "treated" to by the media due to the death of one of the bigoted clowns, and even the fawning on here.

Thanks for posting.

TNNurse

(6,938 posts)
27. Well, Hell, of course they bowed their heads a little
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:54 AM
Apr 2021

The Obamas both tower over them. I saw the Queen live in Canada, was able to look straight eye to eye(not really close of course) and I have never been taller than 5'2".

Hekate

(91,136 posts)
35. I think he was alleged to have bowed to the Emperor of Japan as well. For heaven's sake...
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:53 PM
Apr 2021

...both the Obamas absolutely tower over both the Queen and the Emperor. How else are they supposed to meet their eyes unless they bend a little?

 

certainot

(9,090 posts)
14. i saw some of the hilarious "the windsors" which leaves the two oldest ones out
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:34 AM
Apr 2021

but goes full bore parody on the rest of them. the royals and their fans would call it outrageous

musette_sf

(10,210 posts)
29. I love The Windsors
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:59 AM
Apr 2021

with the marvelous Harry Enfield as HRH Jugears.

When I heard the news about the D of E, one of my first thoughts was that Enfield’s Charles would be in gleeful One Down, One To Go anticipation. 🙃

musette_sf

(10,210 posts)
30. If you haven't seen the episode with TFG
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:05 PM
Apr 2021

It’s a scream. Oh, hell, they’re ALL a scream. All seasons are on Netflix.

(They do change Harrys in midstream, but it turns out all right.)

wnylib

(21,845 posts)
15. The existence of the British monarchy
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:38 AM
Apr 2021

in the modern world, and the acceptance of it by the British people, reminds me of adolescents who rebel against their parents sometimes but can't let go to grow into adulthood.

MLAA

(17,383 posts)
17. The wit of the Irish is an international treasure.
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:47 AM
Apr 2021

Time to read some more Oscar Wilde as this piece has only whetted my appetite!

panader0

(25,816 posts)
18. "your grandfather was murdered by a clown."
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:54 AM
Apr 2021

People forget where the British Monarchy got all of their wealth. The old saying, "The sun
never sets on the British Empire." means that they had colonies all around the world.
Their riches came from those places. I love the English people, I loathe the royals. I am 3/8 English, 1/2 Irish,
and 1/8 Crow.

TxGuitar

(4,235 posts)
22. He uses the phrase "London Mafia" and is right
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:27 AM
Apr 2021

Their ancestors were the biggest thugs in the country who pillaged half the world.

Hekate

(91,136 posts)
34. That line stood out to me too & gave me a rueful chuckle...
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:47 PM
Apr 2021

Like all Americans, I’m a mutt, Irish possibly being the larger share as the name is Irish and we look Irish — but the English is undeniable as well, as well as the this’n’that that comes in as the generations unfold in America.

As much as I grew up loving Irish folk music, the hatred that will never die in the North of that beautiful island is too much for me to ever want to claim as my own. I’m an American and we have enough Troubles of our own.

I don’t loathe the royals, I mean really why bother? I think of them as an anachronism, but as a uniquely dysfunctional family they are kind of interesting. And Meghan, after all, is a California Girl — welcome back to the sunshine, Meghan.

BobTheSubgenius

(11,586 posts)
37. Guilty.
Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:08 PM
Apr 2021

I'm Canadian. We live on understatement, passive-aggressiveness and other furtive rhetorical techniques.

mitch96

(13,953 posts)
28. I like John Olivers comments on the royals from Colbert..
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:55 AM
Apr 2021

"They're an emotionally stunted group of fundamentally flawed people doing a very silly pseudo-job"
BaDum...tish.
m

luckone

(21,646 posts)
31. Good read
Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:18 PM
Apr 2021

Re: their Netflix deal
“Of course, their critics accuse them of being money-hungry careerists for this, but that’s hilarious coming from sycophants to hereditary tax-suckling grifters. Arranging a Netflix deal that the couple actually have to work for is pretty benign royal behaviour when you compare it with conquest and general parasitism.”

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