Dispatch from the “Liberals Destroy (or Try to) Everything They Touch” Front

 

This story about actress Keira Knightley showed up on the (increasingly tabloid-like) Fox News website this morning. The title of the story is “Keira Knightley slams Kate’s stylish post-birth appearance.” This person known as an actress simply cannot abide the fact that another beautiful woman (and Royal, too) presents a better appearance shortly after giving birth than she does. Knightley launches into a screed where she describes in detail her childbirth experience, and denigrates the Duchess of Cambridge’s pulled-together appearance. Instead of asking how she does it, and congratulating the Duchess on her beautiful third child, the actress tries her screechy best to take down the Duchess. Funny, but it really doesn’t work, but it does present the actress as a jealous harpy, which is probably not what she had in mind. Not terribly “knightly”, if you ask me.

I actually admire the former Kate Middleton for her grace, beauty, and the fact that not one hint of scandal or nasty behavior has followed her into the Royal Family. She is a credit to her grand-mother-in-law, and I’m betting that Queen Elizabeth is just thrilled with the great-grandchildren.

This is a Happy Family.

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  1. Kay of MT Inactive
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    Keira Knightley is a real piece of garbage. My first child was a chore, but the second just popped out with her eyes wide open and taking everything in. I would have been hard pressed to appear even nice after the first born. 2nd born, I was taking a walk in the park 4 days later. The woman needs to shut up and quit being so jealous.

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  2. She Member
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    Good Lord.  Another one of the “I hate myself so you should hate yourself, too” brigade.  I completely get that some women are wrecked by childbirth.  I’ve seen some who couldn’t possibly have done what Kate Middleton did on the same day that their baby was born.  It doesn’t mean they love their children any less, or that they are any less, or any more, womanly than any other woman.  On the other hand, I’ve seen women who gave birth effortlessly.  I don’t see Kate Middleton suggesting anywhere that other women have to do it her way.  Who put Keira Knightley in charge, for Pete’s sake?  Best thing to do is ignore her, don’t watch her movies, and move on, methinks.

    Here’s the money quote from the linked article:  

    Knightley’s criticism comes after she revealed she had a mental breakdown after she struggled with stardom. The Academy Award-nominated star told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Yeah.  She has PTSD from “stardom.”  Give me a break.

    PS–I can’t find this “essay” she wrote anywhere.  You probably have to buy the book, so they can give your money to some idiotic “God, how I pity me,” cause.  I’m just wondering if Knightley cuts Kate any slack for the fact that she spent the entire first trimester of all three of her pregnancies, (and a substantial amount of them all in the hospital) heaving her guts out as a result of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

    No, it’s not in Keira’s essay?  What a surprise.

    PS:  She wrote this unpleasantly graphic essay to her daughter.  Wow.

    PPS:  The “book” that this essay appears in is called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies. However, it’s a colonic title, and the linked essay leaves out the half of it that follows the colon, which is: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means To Them.    Good Grief.  I wish someone would ask me that question.  It doesn’t look as if it’s a charity endeavor.  Dunno how it’s selling on Amazon, but there are no “customer reviews” as yet.

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  3. Full Size Tabby Member
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    It bothers me when artists whose work I admire do stuff that brings themselves down. It sometimes infects my viewing of their work. I have generally liked much of her acting work.

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @she, I would give your comment 100 “likes” if I could.  Thank you!!

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  5. Kay of MT Inactive
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    She (View Comment):
    first trimester of all three of her pregnancies, (and a substantial amount of them all in the hospital) heaving her guts out as a result of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

    I had no idea there was a name for it! I spent almost the entire pregnancy of the 2nd born, until about 2 weeks before she was born. I was hospitalized 3 times for that. My poor husband did try, tho, and offered to fix dinner for himself and the older daughter one night. I agreed to try and eat something, until he brought me a plate of spaghetti covered with ketchup.

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  6. JustmeinAZ Member
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    I was going to ask who she is but from the comments I gather she’s an actress. Poor baby. Her life must be hell.

    Whenever celebrities out themselves in these public ways I just have to give up watching/listening to them. I can’t separate them from their opinions and views.

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  7. Knotwise the Poet Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    I was going to ask who she is but from the comments I gather she’s an actress. Poor baby. Her life must be hell.

    Whenever celebrities out themselves in these public ways I just have to give up watching/listening to them. I can’t separate them from their opinions and views.

    I usually don’t have that hard a time separating the artist’s work from the artist’s personal political idiocies.  So many actors are brain-dead liberals that, were I to write off their work based on their Left-inspired inanities and virtue-signaling, I would be left with slim pickings indeed, entertainment-wise.

    I had quite the crush on Keira Knightely back in her Pirates days, but in recent years she seems to have largely avoided the blockbusters and done a lot of period pieces or smaller films that I haven’t seen.  

    This rant from her won’t stop me from seeing a film she’s in or enjoying a performance of hers, but it’s disappointing nonetheless to see a person blessed with beauty, talent, and success nursing such bitterness and prejudice against others.  

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  8. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    It bothers me when artists whose work I admire do stuff that brings themselves down. It sometimes infects my viewing of their work. I have generally liked much of her acting work.

    It depends on how political they get.  A comment here or there does not bother me.  But sometimes they go on activists crusades, unfortunately at that point they can become such a figure in the crusade that I find their stuff unwatchable.  Sean Penn did that for me.  Danny Glover also.  It also seemed to be happening with Robert De Niro.  

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  9. Skyler Coolidge
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    RushBabe49: and the fact that not one hint of scandal or nasty behavior has followed her into the Royal Family.

    Maybe I’m just an unrepentant American, but I would suggest that entering the “royal” family is pretty scandalous and nasty all by itself.

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  10. KentForrester Coolidge
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: and the fact that not one hint of scandal or nasty behavior has followed her into the Royal Family.

    Maybe I’m just an unrepentant American, but I would suggest that entering the “royal” family is pretty scandalous and nasty all by itself.

    Skyler, I think you’re hanging on to that anti-colonial thing too long.  We won that war with Britain over 200 years ago.  Queen Elizabeth isn’t mad king George III. A lot has happened since then. It’s time to let go. 

     

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  11. KentForrester Coolidge
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    I’m an unrepentant fanboy of Kate.  I read about her—as fast as I can—as I stand in the supermarket checkout lane.  She’s so pretty and seems just as nice as nice can be.

     

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  12. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    I admit it.  I watch Di’s wedding.  I watched both her boys get married, too.  I wish them–the royal family–all the happiness in the world.  I wish I looked like Kate on any day, much less after having a baby!

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  13. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    In general, I’m not a fan of any modern royal family, especially since the coverage, and what they do, is so trivial and at public expense.  Given that they can’t get into the top tier colleges (England is pretty strict about not admitting someone with connections who don’t deserve it, unlike Harvard or Yale) the Royals are of average intelligence.  Nevertheless, I consider what they do within their gilded cages a waste of their own lives.

    As a celebrity with lots of money, the Duchess of Cambridge has people who can make her up.  Any celebrity actually spends a lot of time on their appearance before going out in public.  Kate Middleton is no exception.

    This is all so same-old, same-old, arguing over what a celebrity is wearing. 

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  14. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    In general, I’m not a fan of any modern royal family, especially since the coverage, and what they do, is so trivial and at public expense. Given that they can’t get into the top tier colleges (England is pretty strict about not admitting someone with connections who don’t deserve it, unlike Harvard or Yale) the Royals are of average intelligence. Nevertheless, I consider what they do within their gilded cages a waste of their own lives.

    As a celebrity with lots of money, the Duchess of Cambridge has people who can make her up. Any celebrity actually spends a lot of time on their appearance before going out in public. Kate Middleton is no exception.

    This is all so same-old, same-old, arguing over what a celebrity is wearing.

    I think the Royal Family is fine since I don’t have to pay for them.  When looking at “celebrity,” I like pretty clothes and hats.  I know I don’t “know” these people.

    Bonus for me: At least they don’t share political opinions!!!

    As for wasting their lives, they do some good by earning money for their country and highlighting social issues that matter to their people.

    I have no problem at all with celebrities going to orphanages or poor countries or poor sections of their own countries to make people happier.  I think that’s what this royal family does.

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  15. Skyler Coolidge
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    Lois Lane (View Comment):
    Bonus for me: At least they don’t share political opinions!!!

    Not true of Charles.

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    Skyler, I think you’re hanging on to that anti-colonial thing too long. We won that war with Britain over 200 years ago. Queen Elizabeth isn’t mad king George III. A lot has happened since then. It’s time to let go. 

    No.  Monarchy is depraved.  Diana was sold as a pure princess but was as depraved as the entire institution.  I won’t speak ill of these individuals, but their participation in monarchy is something I cannot respect or condone.

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  16. KentForrester Coolidge
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    Skyler, I didn’t know there were people outside of some spiky-haired, ring-nosed kids in England who hated the monarchy the way you do.

    You say that Diana was “depraved.”  Then you say that you won’t speak ill of “individuals.”   What’s going on? 

    The monarchy is “depraved”?  Most of them seem rather nice.  Perhaps behind those gates of Buckingham Palace those depraved queens and princesses are  performing unspeakable rites, perhaps roasting babies over a spit and then eating them for dinner, but it’s been kept a secret thus far.

     

     

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  17. Skyler Coolidge
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Skyler, I didn’t know there were people outside of some spiky-haired, ring-nosed kids in England who hated the monarchy the way you do.

    You say that Diana was “depraved.” Then you say that you won’t speak ill of “individuals.” What’s going on?

    The monarchy is “depraved”? Most of them seem rather nice. Perhaps behind those gates of Buckingham Palace those depraved queens and princesses are performing unspeakable rites, perhaps roasting babies over a spit and then eating them for dinner, but it’s been kept a secret thus far.

     

    I meant to say that I won’t detail any sins of any current member of the monarchy and its attendant other forms of royalty.  For now.

    But the entire idea that a person can rule or have lawful privilege because their forebears were better at oppressing and killing others is antithetical to humanity and individualism.   I’m an American.  I despise monarchy as one of the absolute worst forms of government, even the watered down genteel version currently in place in formerly Great Britain.

     

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  18. JudithannCampbell Inactive
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Skyler, I didn’t know there were people outside of some spiky-haired, ring-nosed kids in England who hated the monarchy the way you do.

    You say that Diana was “depraved.” Then you say that you won’t speak ill of “individuals.” What’s going on?

    The monarchy is “depraved”? Most of them seem rather nice. Perhaps behind those gates of Buckingham Palace those depraved queens and princesses are performing unspeakable rites, perhaps roasting babies over a spit and then eating them for dinner, but it’s been kept a secret thus far.

     

    I meant to say that I won’t detail any sins of any current member of the monarchy and its attendant other forms of royalty. For now.

    But the entire idea that a person can rule or have lawful privilege because their forebears were better at oppressing and killing others is antithetical to humanity and individualism. I’m an American. I despise monarchy as one of the absolute worst forms of government, even the watered down genteel version currently in place in formerly Great Britain.

     

    My husband is from Scotland originally; he agrees with you. He came to America because he wanted to be a citizen, not a subject. When I first met him, I thought that his intense dislike of royalty was a little bit unhinged. Then I went to Scotland: the Queen is everywhere, on the money, in the Churches, everywhere. There is no escaping her; creepy.

    None of this changes the fact that Keira Knightley is being jealous and nasty when she criticizes Kate Middleton :)

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  19. KentForrester Coolidge
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Skyler, I didn’t know there were people outside of some spiky-haired, ring-nosed kids in England who hated the monarchy the way you do.

    You say that Diana was “depraved.” Then you say that you won’t speak ill of “individuals.” What’s going on?

    The monarchy is “depraved”? Most of them seem rather nice. Perhaps behind those gates of Buckingham Palace those depraved queens and princesses are performing unspeakable rites, perhaps roasting babies over a spit and then eating them for dinner, but it’s been kept a secret thus far.

     

    I meant to say that I won’t detail any sins of any current member of the monarchy and its attendant other forms of royalty. For now.

    But the entire idea that a person can rule or have lawful privilege because their forebears were better at oppressing and killing others is antithetical to humanity and individualism. I’m an American. I despise monarchy as one of the absolute worst forms of government, even the watered down genteel version currently in place in formerly Great Britain.

     

    Skyler, I guess I’m just surprised to find such a strong anti-monarchist in the U.S. today.  

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  20. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    Skyler (View Comment):
    But the entire idea that a person can rule or have lawful privilege because their forebears were better at oppressing and killing others is antithetical to humanity and individualism.

    I can’t get that worked up about it.  I find the whole institution bizarre, in part because they don’t rule.  They’ve become useless appendages.  And their charitable works aren’t really works.  They don’t do actual work for these charities, they just show up at events and make pleasent conversation, and then leave.  And yes, there is a bump in donations, though that may be overrated.  The people that donate have a budget, and were waiting for that event to do the donation.  Many would have donated anyway.

    Technically you’re right that the Monarch has “lawful privilege”, but if the Queen were to kill Prince Phillip, in the end they’d find a way to punish her.

    The rest of the family are equal under the law, and the only privilege they have is money and servents.  Just like any other rich person with inherited wealth.  We have those in the U.S.

    One of them is Donald Trump.

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  21. Skyler Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):
    But the entire idea that a person can rule or have lawful privilege because their forebears were better at oppressing and killing others is antithetical to humanity and individualism.

    I can’t get that worked up about it. I find the whole institution bizarre, in part because they don’t rule. They’ve become useless appendages. And their charitable works aren’t really works. They don’t do actual work for these charities, they just show up at events and make pleasent conversation, and then leave. And yes, there is a bump in donations, though that may be overrated. The people that donate have a budget, and were waiting for that event to do the donation. Many would have donated anyway.

    Technically you’re right that the Monarch has “lawful privilege”, but if the Queen were to kill Prince Phillip, in the end they’d find a way to punish her.

    The rest of the family are equal under the law, and the only privilege they have is money and servents. Just like any other rich person with inherited wealth. We have those in the U.S.

    One of them is Donald Trump.

    The difference is that each of them has some pretension or hope, or merely the possibility, of being the sovereign.  And that is immoral.

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  22. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    JudithannCampbell (View Comment):
    My husband is from Scotland originally; he agrees with you. He came to America because he wanted to be a citizen, not a subject. When I first met him, I thought that his intense dislike of royalty was a little bit unhinged. Then I went to Scotland: the Queen is everywhere, on the money, in the Churches, everywhere. There is no escaping her; creepy.

    I would have left for more substantial reasons than that.  For example they have less freedom of speech.  Their surveillance is more extensive than ours.  Their gun rights are non-existent, but even worse, you can be put in jail for defending yourself with a butcher knife during a home invasion.  When I graduated from high school in the mid-seventies, their economy was hopeless (it was pre-Thatcher), and that also would have made me want to leave.

    The monarchy would have only been an annoyance to me.

    But then, your husband came from Scotland, and the Scots have a chip on their shoulders about England.

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  23. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    Skyler (View Comment):
    The difference is that each of them has some pretension or hope, or merely the possibility, of being the sovereign. And that is immoral.

    Are you sure all of them do?  For being such a useless job, it’s still not an easy one.

    In any case, that’s just being human.  It’s what they do or don’t do about it that matters.  Like any other pretension or hope.

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  24. JudithannCampbell Inactive
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    JudithannCampbell (View Comment):
    My husband is from Scotland originally; he agrees with you. He came to America because he wanted to be a citizen, not a subject. When I first met him, I thought that his intense dislike of royalty was a little bit unhinged. Then I went to Scotland: the Queen is everywhere, on the money, in the Churches, everywhere. There is no escaping her; creepy.

    I would have left for more substantial reasons than that. For example they have less freedom of speech. Their surveillance is more extensive than ours. Their gun rights are non-existent, but even worse, you can be put in jail for defending yourself with a butcher knife during a home invasion. When I graduated from high school in the mid-seventies, their economy was hopeless (it was pre-Thatcher), and that also would have made me want to leave.

    The monarchy would have only been an annoyance to me.

    But then, your husband came from Scotland, and the Scots have a chip on their shoulders about England.

    My husband left for many reasons, I named the one most pertinent to this conversation, although it could be argued that all of the problems you list stem from the fact that people in Great Britain are subjects, not citizens.

    Your remarks about Scottish people are nasty and unnecessary; I don’t know you at all, why do you feel the need to be so unpleasant? FYI, not all Scottish people have a “chip on their shoulders” about England: most of them voted against Independence, and even the ones who voted for it wanted to keep the royal family. Another reason my husband left.

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  25. Skyler Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):
    The difference is that each of them has some pretension or hope, or merely the possibility, of being the sovereign. And that is immoral.

    Are you sure all of them do? For being such a useless job, it’s still not an easy one.

    In any case, that’s just being human. It’s what they do or don’t do about it that matters. Like any other pretension or hope.

    Regardless, they have a moral responsibility to renounce their role in that depraved system.  They don’t get a pass.

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  26. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Chuckle.  I didn’t think that my post would devolve into an argument about the useful- or useless-ness of royalty.  They are a link to the British past, and are valuable if only for that reason.  In 1983, I saw Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they visited Seattle Children’s Hospital where I was working.  I think the Queen is a great lady, and I would have a hard time refraining from giving her a hug if I ever met her.

    And I have visited Scotland and loved it, and was not creeped out about the Queen being everywhere.  We liked Sandringham too.

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  27. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    JudithannCampbell (View Comment):
    Your remarks about Scottish people are nasty and unnecessary

    I didn’t mean to offend.  Nor do I consider my comments to be nasty.  Unpleasent perhaps, but nasty?

    I’m sorry I hit some sort of nerve.

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  28. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    JudithannCampbell (View Comment):
    Your remarks about Scottish people are nasty and unnecessary

    I didn’t mean to offend. Nor do I consider my comments to be nasty. Unpleasent perhaps, but nasty?

    I’m sorry I hit some sort of nerve.

    I didn’t think your intent was to be nasty either.  I lived in England for a while, and I love Scotland.

    For the record, JudithAnnCampbell, I think the Scots are super warm, lovely people, and I can’t imagine a more beautiful country.  (Plus that accent!!!!  I’d probably go weak in the knees as soon as your husband said a single sentence!)

    I also remember being on the Isle of Skye on a blessedly clear day in which I thought, “Lord have mercy!  How could someone see this and not believe in God???”

    Having said that, a cultural dispute between the English and the Scots seemed obvious to me.  Like the way that people who are from the South sometimes talk about “Yankees.”

    So saying there is some underlying animosity between countries in the United Kingdom is a bit like saying British weather is typically rainy and gray.  There’s not an insult in there.  It just… is.

    All that said, I’ve certainly met a lot of antimonarchists in both the UK–whether these antimonarchists describe themselves as “Scots” or “English” or the more universal “British”–and the US, but I’ve also met those who are quite stirred by the long thread of tradition associated with the crown… especially since they aren’t exactly beholden to the monarch’s opinion anymore.  It’s not about the group (country) to which a person belongs but his/her individual opinions.

    Perhaps I have a soft spot in my heart for this particular family because I do remember how Princess Diana–who had a pretty messed up marital life, no doubt–impacted the Western world when she did something as simple as shaking hands with an AIDS patient in London.  That truly changed how people felt about those facing a super scary epidemic.  That wasn’t a useless gesture but a very powerful one.

    Whether it’s all crafted for public consumption like a reality TV show or not, I feel those sorts of things are useful for the world.

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