the royal what?

I watched The Princess Bride tonight. It was fab.

I love love. It’s really nice. But I made a decision some years ago (and put it on the internets, so it must be true) that I wouldn’t get married if that meant I was going to be a part of a discriminatory institution.

I’m all for other people to go off and have weddings and partake in the Matrimonial Industrial Complex, sure, and I adored being a bridesmaid at one of my best friends’ charming wedding last year, but getting hitched is just not for me.

Given my predilection for not being a fan of it all, the hype around Will & Kate’s nuptials has absolutely made my skin crawl.  The cost, the ostentation, the irrelevant pomp & ceremony — urgh.

I don’t mean to come off as bitter and horrible (while, admittedly, I am a bit of both).  There were a few folks on my twitter stream making comments about ignoring the haters because all weddings are lovely and happy and are beacons of light in a world of suffering.

Guess what? They’re not.

In addition to the fact that same-sex couples can’t proclaim that their love for each other is as valid as a hetero couple, let’s not forget lavender marriages (but we hope these happen less these days…), forced marriages and child brides:

One in seven girls under the age of 15 is married in the developing world. Once a girl becomes trapped in these kinds of marriages, her prospects for educational attainment become severely constrained. That, in turn, has all sorts of negative effects on the health and welfare of her family and the community at large. Breaking that vicious cycle starts with ending child marriage. (UN Foundation)

The other thing that is really vile is the amount of completely unnecessary media coverage over the whole circus.

Congratulations, William and Kate, it is utterly delightful that you found each other, but your lives have absolutely no impact on anything we do and when you get pissed off by the paps chasing you for the rest of your days, you should stop to remember that you had a choice about having a quiet, private ceremony and certainly did not have to let any media organisation broadcast your vows around the world.

And I can’t say anything more about the ridiculous lengths that the media has gone to on this story (did I hear correctly that there were 10,000 people involved in covering this? TEN THOUSAND INTERROBANG) than what Dan Rather said about it:

What bothers me is the hypocrisy. The idea that we can’t afford to throw resources at an important foreign story, but can afford to spend this kind of money on a story like the royal wedding is just plain wrong.

Damn straight.

And now, I shall forever hold my peace. (Or is it ‘piece’? I never know.)

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