As the United States enjoys Royal Baby-palooza Phase Two: The Afterbirth, and every news outlet taps into their inner supermarket tabloid, one NBC News reporter cut right to the chase Tuesday morning, if inadvertently, and called the royal spectacle what it is: Princely Porn. Reporting on the wait for Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to emerge from hospital with the artist soon to be formerly known only as Prince, NBC News’ Jim Maceda told Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski that the assembled press are waiting for “the money shot.”
The sudden frenzy surrounding the Royal Baby has spawned a media meta-cottage industry wherein the same people going gaga over the monarchy also wonder why they’re going gaga. I’m not sure if Maceda consciously meant to reference the “money shot” (if you don’t know what that means, don’t Google it, just ask the guy in your office who surfs porn all day), but in doing so, he nailed the reason behind America’s fascination with our former imperial overlords.
The appeal of the American Dream™ has always been that anyone can make it, can become successful, regardless of their family pedigree, or other artificial obstacles. There’s ample evidence that this dream is largely an illusion for many, but that is the dream, and it is the American version of the fairy tale.
The problem with that fairy tale is that it involves all kinds of struggle and hard work, and it competes, from birth, with thousands of years of tales in which some ordinary schmuck/shmuckette somehow ascends, by magic or glass slipper or sword-lifting, to instant wealth and happiness. The American Dream, then, is like a complicated relationship drama that rewards patient viewing, whereas royalty affords the kind of instant gratification you can get from a relatively short session on YouPorn. As with porn, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I wish the media would quit feigning shame about it, and just enjoy.
Here’s the clip, from MSNBC’s Morning Joe:
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