I had to keep myself from getting sick when I turned on the TV this morning to see some random people walking down the street wearing clothes too expensive for nearly all of my friends to afford. I wondered why the world has become captivated and frozen over such a disgusting exercise of extravagance. So, I thought I would list at least four of the reasons that I won’t be watching the royal wedding:
1) Because I simply don’t care and neither do most of the people reading this article. It’s one wedding, for one couple across the world. I honestly just don’t get it.
2) Because the wedding reminds us how our world continues to believe that some people are better than others. Most countries buy into the idea that that some people deserve to be protected in an aristocracy that makes their lives more important than everyone else. In the United States, for example, every single member of our Supreme Court went to Harvard or Yale at some point in their legal careers (one Justice left Harvard to finish her degree at Columbia). The dangers of this kind of thinking are too numerous to mention, especially in a nation where the wealthiest 20% of Americans have been able to accumulate over 90% of the wealth generated over the last 25 years.
3) Because I would hope that CNN would spend its news coverage on something more important than a wedding. There are people dying around the world and political decisions impacting our lives, yet we are force fed an over-sized helping of a real-life Cinderella. Perhaps the fairytale aspect of it all is what draws people, but my life has never been a fairytale, and neither has yours. Perhaps we should stop living through other people’s contrived and expensive fantasies.
4) It’s a big damn waste of money. Children are starving around the globe, yet we get to watch the royal family wear $10,000 outfits and spend millions on a one day event that really only matters in the lives of two people. This reminds us of where our world has gone. Sure, the celebration is not just for the royal family, but for all of England and the world. So, the warped priorities of the royals have spread to us all. I’d love to see the same energy and extravagance being put into getting homeless families off the streets or putting food into the bellies of starving children. There is a child dying somewhere right now as I write this article, and we have the resources to save her.