the royals

A fairytale

Once upon a time there was a beautiful Commoner from a far-off land, who was stuck with that label because inexplicably we’re still using it in the twenty-first century. She happened to catch the eye of a handsome prince and the two were married in a grand ceremony.

However, after the wedding a number of townspeople began to turn against the now princess, and started accusing her of bewitching the prince with her cunning feministic ways. Some of them were whipped into a frenzy by a particularly vile troll, who literally could not go a day without complaining that the princess wasn’t interested in him.

Eventually the prince and princess had a baby, and although the people of the kingdom offered congratulations, many of them were also quietly complaining that the princess was tainting the royal family with her foreign blood. Sometimes in those exact words, even.

So unsurprisingly, the prince and princess cut their losses and fled to Canada. The witch-burners got all confused and started looking around for another rich person of colour they could take their various inadequacies out on, and the vile troll pretty much just exploded in a cacophony of barely coherent rage. They all lived unhappily ever after.

The end.

Trans TV star India Willoughby calls Meghan Markle a ‘Poundland Diana’ and it seriously backfires

In what will likely be the biggest feud of 2020, British chain store Poundland has hit out at transgender television presenter India Willoughby for calling Meghan Markle a “Poundland Diana.” 576 more words

Trans TV star India Willoughby calls Meghan Markle a ‘Poundland Diana’ and it seriously backfires — PinkNews – Gay news, reviews and comment from the world’s most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service

I’m with Poundland on this one, because it’s offensive to Meghan in the same I’m-pretty-sure-this-is-racially-biased way everyone has been offensive to Meghan recently (why isn’t Kate called Poundland Diana? She shops cheaply too) and offensive to us plebeians who shop at Poundland (yo!) by implying it’s bad in some way.

But I’m actually legitimately impressed by Poundland’s response:

“Supportive of trans people” is a REALLY low bar for a company to step over, obviously, but I appreciate it.

Well

This does of course make perfect sense! Prince Andrew is a creepy old man who was friends with Epstein and even as we speak there are rumors that he’s trying desperately to quash any news about potential rape cases.

Meghan, on the other hand? Meghan is a BLACK FEMINIST.

Sigh. (Don’t read the Express, it’s trash. So’s this country sometimes.)

(yes I’m bingewatching some more of The Crown) Actually the scene where Philip imagines his sister’s death is really well done and the Nazi funeral scene is really creepy and unsettling. I suppose I feel sorry for young Philip, I just… strongly dislike old Philip. (I’m not fond of Even Older, Still Alive Philip either, even though everyone else seems to be.)

s’interesting to look at this episode in the light of what’s been going on with the royal family in the past few years, Harry coming out about going off the rails after his mother’s death and seeing a therapist and eventually starting a mental health campaign. That would’ve made a really good coda to this episode actually.

Okay currently the news is full of nothing else but Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle. I’m interested to see what she’ll do, she’ll be the first biracial member of the royal family in… ever? I’m hoping she won’t be cowed by the weird in-house demands on the royal family and continue the activism I know she does

It’s the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death today and the light entertainment shows are full of nothing else but talk about it. Strangely, I can actually remember Diana’s death really clearly, perhaps because it was the first Big Historical Happening I was old enough to understand? I was nine years old and I got up early to play with my Duplo and Lego. So I was doing that, and then my dad came into the room and said very sombrely (he does that) “People are going to be very sad today, Sarah.” I imagine my mind jumped about all over the place before I said “Why?” and he said, “Princess Diana died.” And then I suppose I went back to the Duplo. For the rest of the day while we were doing normal things, I remember there were newsflashes coming on over the car radio and constantly interrupting it, just repeating again and again “Princess Diana has died in car crash in Paris” etc etc.

Looking back on it it seems so surreal, that the whole country came to a standstill for someone who wasn’t really in a position of much political power or anything. I suppose some people saw her as a symbol of a more modern and down-to-earth royal family (although when she died she wasn’t technically a member of it?) and I know she did some very good work for AIDS awareness, but all the sobbing on TV, that was really… weird. No-one seemed to stop talking about it for months afterwards.

been watching The Crown

The acting and costuming and directing are all incredible, but there’s a little bit too much exposition in the dialogue, too many times when a character has something explained for them that they should already know just for the benefit of the audience. (You’d think the Queen would have known from childhood  what a regnal name is.)

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson are somewhat whitewashed, no mention is made at all about the pair of them probably being Nazi sympathizers. Prince Phillip is actually not whitewashed, the show makes it pretty clear that he was an obnoxious racist and total dick most of the time, which I believe he still is in fact…

I love how people keep referring to Elizabeth in-show as “a child” even though before she even became Queen she was a fully grown woman with two children. It doesn’t skimp on showing just how much sexism she faced even when she had a crown on her head.

One thing this show makes abundantly clear is that it sucks being a royal, and I agree to be honest. Sure, you have privilege and wealth and power (though really, not that much power) but in return you basically have no freedom whatsoever. You can’t marry who you want, you can’t dress how you want, you can’t say what you want if anyone is listening, you can barely do anything really. And you have to be smiling so frequently you need Botox injections just so you can keep doing it. (That was a particularly memorable scene. Wonder if it really happened.)  I tell you, I don’t envy Kate Middleton and her kids, not one bit.