Royal Wedding Worldview
A lover of big events that mean essentially nothing, I wanted to have a royal wedding viewing party, complete with high tea and jokes about the Brits.
You know, like the time we watched the 2008 election debates with a black-and-white food theme. I don’t always love the big events – I love the themes, the food and the excuse to party.
It’s all irony this time. I don’t really care. I mean, I haven’t bought a Royal Wedding smartphone app or Royal Wedding mints or Royal Wedding condoms. Okay, you got me, we stocked up on the condoms.
But there are some problems with the party idea:
- It’s on a Friday.
- Coverage starts at 4am.
- The wedding starts at 6am (Yet another reason I’m happy to be on the East Coast).
- The only legit showing is likely to be BBC America, which we don’t get, so we’d have to watch it online.
- The complete coverage on US stations like NBC actually starts on Wednesday and goes through the following week, which is just unreasonable.
- I’m afraid anything besides BBC might be more like the Macy’s Parade where Al Roker runs into crowds and asks questions.
*Note: I worked in tv development with Al, and that really is him; he does that at the office all the time.
This is stupid, I realized. I can’t have people over for something so unpredictable, super-early, right before work.
SO! In honor of the couple’s desire to keep the wedding small, we will keep our party small too. Just me, the dog, tea and shortbread, and a husband who always goes along with my dumb parties. Maybe a gown and tux. Okay, maybe a cake. We might re-exchange rings who knows sometimes you get caught up in things.
On a related note, my friend Laura is a freelance journalist in Yemen who has ended up writing for The New York Times because she’s awesome. She is coming back to the US (for some time at least), and she announced it yesterday on Twitter:
its time to officially announce this on twitter: im leaving yemen tonight. family medical issues, gotta go back to the states
I tweeted back:
Reporter & friend @kasinof is leaving Yemen. Our gain is their loss. And considering the needs there, that loss is very, very big.
@kasinof , I hope you’re looking forward to the #royalwedding. Because, well, that’s all we think has happened for the last month.
She tweets back:
@jocastlemiller i actually dont know what that means. because im a dork. but we’ll talk over dinner in dc
Turns out, she’s not really a dork. Well, maybe she is – but not for not knowing about Prince William getting married. I am going to give her a pass because people are being shot every day outside her window, run down in the streets by a corrupt government while they try to protest, and she’s busy getting video on her phone to send in to the New York Times.
In response, most of us can only reply, “Where’s Yemen? Is that part of Libya? No? Is it near Libya? It is sorta? Closer to Egypt? Okay. (Pause) Remind me, where’s Egypt again?”
That’s why I hate hearing that courageous dorks like her are leaving. It’s why I cried when I heard that journalist Tim Hetherington had been killed in Libya.
It’s also why I want my Royal Wedding party to be super-ironic and even a little judgmental. If it’s anything but detached, then I run the risk of getting caught up in the rich, pretty people frenzy.
I’ll end up forgetting, even if for a moment, about the people Laura and others have worked so tirelessly to remind us about. And as an American voter, with no Queen but with 3 wars on my hands, that’s not okay.