|A “royal” wedding in Nebraska|
“The royal engagement and upcoming wedding is the most televised wedding this year!” a newswoman ranted one morning this week. Really? The most televised? Wow! Maybe because it’s the only wedding story you’ve chosen to broadcast. What about the thousands of commoner weddings taking place everyday all around the world? Why don’t they get any coverage? Aren’t they royal enough?
The news outlets can’t seem to stop talking about it. They continue to spout a deluge of useless drivel and information through the television set into my home and yours, day after day after day. Obviously this one young couple is more newsworthy than the mess in Libya, job loss, our failing economy, or the fact that Easter Sunday was about Christ rising from the dead and not what the English royalty did this past weekend to prepare for their awesome wedding.
Do I sound peeved? Perhaps because I am. The media sucks up to every Hollywood movie star, the rich and famous, and anyone who has ever been on a reality show and eaten a bug, and tries to make us believe that they do it for us, because of course we also want to know everything about these awesome creatures. It’s like we’re studying the nocturnal habits of bats for college credit.
I know some of you romantic types probably think 24 hour a day wedding trivia on fourteen different channels is well worth your time. But I’m of a different opinion. I think weddings are for family and friends, not world-wide hoopla. Don’t you just love that word? Hoopla. It makes me think of the royal couple hula hooping at their dance party. I doubt they would ever try something so fun, even though it’s a great idea. They’d have to rehearse and make sure they don’t look foolish or unroyal. After all, they had to practice their balcony kiss for just that reason. Or so the media reported…
The sad thing about this media blitz is that I can’t even remember their names. I just think of them as the early-balding royal son and his hat-wearing girlfriend. I’m sure he has one of those king names like George or William or Arthur of the round table, but for the life of me I don’t know what it is.
Thank goodness our king’s daughters aren’t old enough to get married! Can you imagine the hoopla if that happened?!
Elaine Pratt says
Is that you in that photo?
Why wasn’t it televised?!!
And the media is only responding to “our” obsessive fascination with royalty and romance and fairy tales.
Everyone has their preferred version of escapism. For some it is England’s royal wedding, for others a novel about a fictional vineyard:-)
It’d be nice if the media picked up on the latter, huh?!!