I just added more gossip links about Harry and Meghan. Again, I don’t know how much is true, but I suspect some of it is true. Where there’s smoke… This morning, I’m going to tie up some loose ends and add some random thoughts before taking a day trip with Ian and Steve. I will, of course, have reactions to Oprah this evening. And then we won’t talk about this ever again.
The Wall Street Journal has a super interesting piece about how Meghan has to walk a fine line tonight, between getting the attention that she craves to build her brand without trashing her brand at the same time.
Of course, Meghan is getting a lot of praise from Woke Twitter, who have framed this whole thing as “person of color” versus “old white people”. They are going to get embarrassed. Oprah is going to get embarrassed. Meghan’s former assistants are all going to go on television and talk and talk and talk. It’s going to put Woke Twitter in a quandary — should they back the super rich boss or the young vulnerable assistants?
Woke Twitter might not have the pulse of America. I somehow got sucked into the Facebook comments section of TMZ, a US based gossip website. The comments were all negative. People can’t believe that such an enormously rich person is complaining about her problems at a time when so many people are unemployed or dead from COVID.
Also, Woke Twitter is put in a weird spot in regards to Meghan and Harry’s discussion of the press. We just ousted a crazy president who ranted for four years about “Fake News.” Woke Twitter was very much on the side of the press. Now, these two come along and aren’t happy with an independent press; they’re happy with press that they control, but they don’t want anybody writing anything about them that has been approved by their PR company. So, now Woke Twitter has to get into some fine distinctions between Good Press and Bad Press. That’s hard to do.
What exactly are Markle’s problems? We’ll find out more tonight, I suppose, but the teasers for the show hint that 1. Meghan wanted to be able to talk to the press directly, 2. Meghan didn’t like the press and wanted privacy (confused, see problem #1), and 3. Her staff didn’t like her and told lies about her. (Like what?), 3. Meghan wanted to get out of the royal family (Ok, fine. She’s gone. Now, what’s the problem?)
Donald Trump did massive, massive damage to our country in so many ways. One specific blow to our democracy is that he downgraded our expectations for our political leaders. Now, the public is okay with the fact that someone can be president without a day of experience in elected office, a less than distinguish work history as a television character, and a history of piggish behavior. Markle’s interest in politics — if the gossip blogs are to be believed — is just another sign that the public is okay with unqualified, undignified, stupid political leaders. Our democracy has been permanently damaged by Trump.
Aside from the sordid, trashy details in this story, this story touches on serious political and social issues — the role of the press; the role of monarchy in modern society; the problems with mixing celebrity/brands/business/money with politics; the erosion of democracy.
This story is more than pure gossip. Pay attention.