Strange responses to UK royal birth
A couple of days ago Prince William of Britain and his wife Kate had a baby. He seems to be healthy, and his parents seem to be pleased, and I’m happy for them.
But I’m rather puzzled by the public response and the media hype.
One of my social networking friends was disappointed, and hoped it would be a girl.
That strikes me as very weird. Parents may hope that their own child will be a boy or a girl and be pleased or disappointed accordingly, but for other people to entertain such hopes seems a little intrusive.
Then there were reporters going around asking people at random what they thought his name would or should be. Well, personally I’d have been very pleased if his name was Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, but quite frankly it’s none of my business.
But weirdest of all was this headline Russian Lawmaker ‘Not Pleased’ About UK Royal Birth
MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian lawmaker known for his headline-grabbing outbursts has slammed the birth of a new member of the UK Royal Family, in comments made to journalists on Tuesday.
“I don’t care about the heir,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who leads Russia’s nationalist Liberal Democrat Party, told journalists, before accusing the British monarchy of doing a great deal to hurt Russia over the years.
And, quite frankly, it’s none of his business either.
Perhaps if they had been in Russia, and if he had been a bit more successful as a politician, he would have tried to arrange an abortion to prevent the birth, or start a programme of enforced sterilisation. If he feels so inclined, he could express his displeasure at the birth of his own child, but not someone else’s.
So perhaps the Private Eye comment can help us to keep it in proportion.
The media hype is in as poor taste as that of the vultures gathering around Nelson Mandela’s sick bed.
Births happen, deaths happen. There’s no need to anticipate them.