Jewish World Review April 7, 2011 / 3 Nissan, 5771
Readers weigh in on the royal wedding
By Barry Koltnow
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'd like to say that I'm a changed man.
I'd like to say that I've seen the error of my ways.
I'd like to say that I will put on a princess outfit and accept an invitation from six of my readers in
I'd like to say all that, but I won't.
The truth is that I still don't understand why Americans care that
Those readers agreed with my bewilderment in last's week's column, and a few them weren't even from this country.
Among the more than 100 people who responded to the column were six people who identified themselves as Brits (who would lie about that?), three Canadians (the place where the Queen's face adorns the money) and a woman who claimed royal heritage from
Two of the Brits agreed with me, but the others and their Canadian cousins said they were looking forward to the wedding. Her highness from
And she was not alone — 55 percent of respondents said they were excited about the nuptials, many of whom said they are intrigued by the connection of William to the beloved
I know that leaves about five percent of the respondents unaccounted for, but they were readers who didn't express an opinion either way, but wondered why people like me even write about royal weddings, not to mention
Here are some of the responses to the question: "Why should Americans care about this wedding?"
"The answer is obvious. It is 20 minutes down the road from my house. It is
"We care because
"I didn't even know who
"I'm an avid wedding watcher (for the same reason) people pay
"I suppose it's about what their wedding symbolizes. I suppose it symbolizes hope." —
"For the same reason we follow the antics of Charlie and Lindsay. We don't want to be thought of as dumb or out of touch." —
"I was in my 20s when
"There's still that fascination/connection with
"One answer: Cinderella. We all want to be Cinderella, or marry Cinderella and if we can't, then we will watch anything or anyone who comes close to Cinderella." — Becki
"Maybe Americans fawn all over the royals for the simple reason we don't have them. People want what they can't/don't have. They are living their fantasies through the royalty. Who would not want a handsome prince who would be king?" — Cheryl
"I don't believe that the royal wedding is a big deal with the average American. It's just the media's need to blah-blah-blah. Kinda like a great white shark's need to be in motion. I never hear anyone talking about it. I didn't even know when the wedding date was nor knew what they looked like until I read your column." —
"Like you, I am as mystified as they get on this upcoming event. I can only think that it is due to William being the first born son of the late
"Don't be so bloody daft, man. It's all about Americans being on a guilt trip and regretting their treasonous action in 1776 in overthrowing the best king they ever had." — unidentified British guy.
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The royal wedding: I don't get it
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