A Royal Pain

Lately, it seems that everyone has gone batshit crazy about the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton.  Okay, let me rephrase that, the media has gone batshit crazy about the wedding and they’re dragging us along whether we want to go or not.  Coverage of the actual wedding started this morning at 4 am, but the media frenzy has been building all week.  In the last two days, every newscast, entertainment or otherwise, has had something to say about the damn thing and the comedians have been having a field day with it.  This morning, seeing some talking head rattle on about Kate’s dress, the carriage, the kiss on the balcony and all other crap was unavoidable if you wanted to watch the news.  Never mind the state of the world, the weather, traffic or any other information you might need to begin the day, Wills and Kate are tying the knot!  Give me a fucking break.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against marriage.  I’m not even against those two particular young people getting married.  Both of them, I’m sure, are very nice people and I wish them well.  But, all the hoopla over this monstrosity of ceremony is a bit puzzling when you take into consideration the fact that Great Britain is facing a $256 billion deficit, bringing about an austerity program that will result in 490,000 public sector jobs being cut by 2014-15, slashing welfare support $7 billion, raising the retirement age from 65 to 66 for men and other cuts.  Set against this backdrop, spending $70 million for the wedding of two incredibly entitled people is just wrong.  Add the fact that it’s a national holiday, costing the economy a total of $6 billion and it’s obscene

Looking at those numbers, a lot of English people are pissed and I don’t blame them.  On The Daily Show last night, John Oliver interviewed several and the response of one man, “Utter bollocks“, wasn’t extreme, it was right on the money.  How many people could be fed for that kind of money?  How many people struggling to pay their rent could get some relief?  What’s that you say?  It’s in England and their money to spend?  True, but who’s helping feed that monster?  We are.  Every time we watch the coverage, buy some of the crap or do anything connected with it, we condone this ridiculous affair.  I’ve been told people love everything connected to the royal family because that’s what they aspire to be.  Are you kidding me?  That’s what you aspire to, being filthy rich and living on the sweat and toil of  others?  That’s the best you can do?  Like I said earlier, give me a fucking break.  How about we aspire to live like Jesus and work to bring the Kingdom into being here on earth, right now?  That’s an aspiration we can be proud of.