Am I the only cold-hearted non-royal-baby watcher around these parts? I seriously couldn’t care less. With thousands of babies born everyday around the world, I simply cannot choose to pay attention to the birth of the one born with the golden spoon dangling from its lips while ignoring the one born in poverty. Plus, you know how I feel about royalty and all its trimmings. Waste of tax payers money if you ask me but luckily you didn’t.
I am not a total ice king though, I do find Kate a nice gal and I liked Diana. Who didn’t? What’s not to like? So I wish Kate the best in her delivery and hope all goes well for her. See? Told you I wasn’t that cold-hearted. Unless it is a virgin birth and taking place in a manger, I’m going back to bed. You could update me later with the name of the baby etc. Yawn.
Oh and by the way, don’t let me rain or your parade. Go ahead and watch the Royal Birth, camp outside the hospital, lock your televisions on the Royal broadcast, play royal baby trivia games, do whatever people do when the royals dames are pushing. It’s just MY TAKE.
Sometimes a joke can have tragic or devastating effects when taken too far or when done without a thought. Last week’s hoax by two Australian DJ’s were one such joke. Without the grim results, it could very well have been a classic joke to be remembered and laughed about for a long time to come, garnering hits on YouTube and maybe upstaging Gangnam Style.
This morning, I was listening to a call-in debate on the radio on whether the DJ’s, or hoaxers, should be punished for what they did. The legal ramifications were discussed. It is illegal to impersonate the Royals, illegal to air a taped recording without the parties’ consent, etc. So it seems like this has the potential to be remembered but not laughed about for some time to come.
One caller to the radio station was adamant in her stance that the announcers should not be punished. She saw it as just a prank, not worthy of sentencing. The female co-jockey was also adamant in her stance that of course they should be fined to the extent of their crime. She felt laws were broken and therefore, a price should be paid. Now I had mixed feelings listening to this. I am not sure if these announcers should be punished. I think the fallout is mostly because it was done to the Royal Family. Would it have been some lesser person, I am sure the views would have been less inclined to heap coals on the heads on their heads.
I readily admit that I’m not exactly warm on Royalty. I couldn’t care less about the sweet Kate and her Royal husband but that’s another blog for another time. I do think everyone is entitled to some form of privacy but in the same breath, everyone is fair game for a little prank now and again. (Seen Punk’d?). Now, it is a sad thing that someone died because of this prank but the nurse, God bless her soul, did not follow hospital protocol. It was her fault that pertinent information was released, not the fault of the DJ’s. Sorry. Yes, they probably should not have aired it but that’s the whole point of the hoax. They just couldn’t keep a copy for private viewing, doesn’t work the same way. They probably should not have crossed the line and impersonate the ‘Untouchables’, but that’s also the fun of it. Think of the Salahis, the couple who crashed a White House dinner. Read it here. It would not have carried the same punch had it been your dinner that they had crashed, would it?
So my take? This is a hard one. I am straddling the line a bit here. You have to admit that our society thrive on shock value and sensationalism. We can’t get enough of it, even with so much Reality TV. YouTube and other media are forever trying to come up with ‘The Big One’. The hoax or prank that would be the next big YouTube thing. Get used to it. On the flip side, I can sympathize a bit with The Family as it was a sensitive time for them and yes, someone did lose their life because of it, unfortunately. I am sure it was not the intention of the DJ’s to hurt anyone. Should they go to jail for impersonation? Well only if Kim Kardashian also goes to jail for impersonating a real actress.
Just my take, nothing else.
The Royals and their subjects are mad but not rioting mad, over the lack of privacy that saw photos of the Duchess plastered in French and Italian tabloids. Photogs apparently did not read their memo on Royal privacy.
A photographer or photographers, took some photos of the Duchess of Cambridge enjoying some sun while topless. (Stop me if that sounded all too familiar). The photos were leaked or sold to a French tabloid then later showed up in an Italian paper also. Still sounds familiar? Well this has turned into a Royal Pain indeed.
I am sorry but I have no interest in this antiquity. I have nothing against the royal family and think that Kate seems like a lovely young woman and the Queen, a beautifully aging woman but that’s where it ends. I think that queens and kings have outlived their usefulness and belong in fairy tales. Plus, it’s a ‘what have you done lately?’ thing for me.
So understandably, I do not see the big deal in making a fuss over something that is becoming quite normal these days, the breach of someone’s privacy. Of course the royal couple deserves their privacy, we all do. Even Lindsay Lohan and Britney. (Except when we voluntary do something silly like take nude pics while in Vegas, then we get what we deserve). Privacy is a scarce commodity, some give it up willingly, others reluctantly and some have it snatched from them.
Kate is a celebrity. Her and her husband are one of the most photographed couples in the world. Knowing this, what would make Kate think that a private château was a good place to flash her private? Even if that resort was listed as ‘private’. Poor gullible Kate. You learn from your mistakes.
Should heads roll over this? Of course not! Did heads roll when her brother-in-law’s Vegas pics were leaked? It’s the life you live, it comes with the territory. Grin and bear it. Live and learn, you voyeur you!