Friday, August 31, 2007

An industry in crocodile tears

Flipping through channels I just caught a little of the BBC's coverage of today's service for Diana and was moved to turn on the computer in order to rant about it. VOMIT! There was a little boy on saying how it was about the memory of the dead princess and looking "suitably" sad. But that child was probably only a baby when she died and ... words fail me, it's absolutely ridiculous. He really had no idea of her other than he'd been told; as the majority of the public don't either, just what they read about her or saw on telly. They "owned" her but didn't "know" her. It makes me cross to think we're raising a new generation to buy papers full of drivel about her. Sigh.

Although her death was sad for her children and family: it really wasn't and certainly isn't now that sad for anyone else.

If Joe Public is weeping for her ten years down the line, I think it's being extremely self-indulgent. Lachrymose, false sentimentality, enjoying just how empathetic they are, wallowing, revelling in their feigned sensitivity. Vomit. She was an extremely privileged woman, and while it didn't come without a price and I doubt she was a particularly happy person, she wasn't worth this beautification. She did work for charities and I'm not knocking that, but all of the royal family do that - I believe Anne is usually the hardest-"working" royal when they work it out.



Twizi said...

And it always nags about how they portray her as the first royal to do things like shake hands with Joe Public and all that. It's forgotten that not that long ago the Queen Mum broke tradition and did such stuff and so did the Queen - they have all that protocol stuff and security issues where it wasn't so long ago you'd anloy see them being swept past or from a very long distance, and the Public put them on a pedestal. My bugbear is also this stuff about how Charles had an affair... excuse me the most famous royal affair is the King and the actress all those centuries ago - like what's new now? I'm sure all those royal arranged marriages weren't all happy ....humm thinking of the most famous divorcee of all, old Henry VIII - at least we don't go in for beheading spouses these days.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I watched that, yes, the cute little choir boy with the feigned empathy was pukeworthy. I watched one of those long gossipy documentaries about the Princess of Hearts. Did you know she snuck out of Kensington Palace at night in order to enjoy nookie with her heart surgeon "friend" in his hospital accomm and when the paparazzi got wise to it she told the press that she was out "visiting the sick incognito". Given what she was *actually* doing, this bit of hypocrisy makes me think she deserves no adulation for anything she supposedly did "for the disadvantaged". Maybe she was into land mines because there was a strapping young soldier she was having an affair with at the time? I didn't like her much before but after that documentary I was very sad that someone with that much power and money and influence was also so foolish and lacking in character. Pah, I'm not going to mourn her loss!

The service of remembrance did have some lovely music, and the bishop who did the sermon started it with the very provocative words "Who's cheating?" making the princes look daggers at him for a moment - priceless!!!! It was all just the preamble to a cosy anecdote about pensioners Di met playing cards. But still!