The recent kerfluffle over the official painting of Kate Middleton isn't the first portrait-related royal ruckus. After a long-disliked picture of Queen Elizabeth II was criticized for being a weak likeness and for having distorted features, it will finally emerge from storage.
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Think about how much judgement new moms feel over things like natural childbirth vs. c-sections. Can you imagine having your birth plan come up for conversation on Good Morning America?
I wish Kate Middleton improved symptoms and an easier, safe pregnancy for her and her family. I also hope that someday all expecting women will experience the skilled care and concern that a duchess deserves.
As we are due to endure incessant royal baby chatter and HG sympathy over the coming months, I thought I'd sneak in quickly with an important lesson that HG and pregnancy sickness illustrates about evolution.
Why have pranks always been such a big part of morning radio? Because people like them. Research and ratings both show it, undeniably. When people hear a prank being played on the radio they rarely tune out, assuming it's a good one.
What makes prank humor not very clever, and not funny, is that one of the easiest things in the world is to take advantage of another person's trust.
What started out as a silly prank by radio hosts to try and call the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital room has unexpectedly become a moment of truth for a media that cares only about ratings and rides roughshod over feelings.
If the announcement of the royal baby has ignited this much of a frenzy, one can only imagine what the birth itself will be like. We may not yet know the due date, but whenever their first child arrives, the event will make royal history.
Yet even as the world remains stunned by the lethal prank and a family grieves the loss of a beloved member, we're now being told by Australian media that the shock jocks involved are in a "fragile state" and in intensive therapy. Do we care about them at this point?
What were those two DJs thinking? Answer: Only themselves. My heart sank when I read the news that the nurse tragically died after being a victim of...
The awful news of Jacintha Saldanha's apparent suicide is tragic. However, to inflate the incident unrealistically, as if a harmless prank from two Australian radio disc jockeys was a causal effect and in so doing possibly ruin their careers, is an example of how the media blows things out of proportion.
The death of the nurse Jacintha Saldanha is very sad. Having said that, there appears to be some rushing to judgment going on. The hospital is blasting the radio station, but it is the hospital that bears ultimate responsibility -- not a couple of brash entertainers.
Do I condone the behavior of those DJs? No. But isn't it what many radio hosts do for a living? Let's not condemn them as criminals.
In this edition of Weeklings!, I argue on behalf of Kate Middleton's relevance, pointing out why the lovely lady is a worthy member of pop culture. Stick around for the end, when I offer a bunch of perfect names for her kids.