Prince William got engaged to his girlfriend (Kate?) today. It’s all over the news, and the media has been asking what her dress will look like, what her engagement rings looks like, what kind of fairy tale Disney princess wedding she’ll have with carriages, and tiaras, and coachmen who turn into mice after midnight while all throughout the day the sun will shine only on the happy couple.
All the news sources I read are American. Prince William and his future queen are British. Americans don’t have princes, and haven’t since 1776. When a member of the Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, or Dutch royalty gets engaged, Americans and their media don’t care. In fact, I’m not even sure Americans and the media can name any Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, or Dutch. And this makes sense because we are Americans and not Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch. Or British. Royalty is an outdated concept, even in these countries. It is far more important to know who the actual political leaders of these nations are rather than who sits on ceremonial thrones. If the Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, and British wish to keep their royalty, that is their business and their culture. But we in America have replaced that need for royalty with celebrities who are famous for the achievements, their careers, or their money. I can’t stand them either, but their ours.
This makes me think that this is a story that the media has decided that the public wants to hear rather than a story that the public wants the media to tell.
If the Spanish, Danish, Norwegians, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, or British hate hearing about our celebrities as much as I hate hearing about British royalty, they should complain about their media.