Thursday, January 13, 2005

Well, I was going to NOT discuss the Prince Harry Nazi costume debacle because I always thought Harry was kinda cute, in an overgrown puppy dog sort of way, and also because I thought it would fade away pretty quickly as a news item, but boy, WAS I EVER WRONG.

For those of you who do not know what in tarnation I'm talking about, here's the deal: Prince Harry, "the spare," or younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, took leave of his senses--especially his sense of decency--and wore a Nazi uniform--complete with red swastika armband--to a costume party. His brother was there, by the way, and wore a lion costume. Seems kind of sweet, in comparison. Anyway, the idiot was dumb enough to let his picture get taken, and it ended up on the front page of British tabloid The Sun:

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Outrage ensued, and Prince Harry issued a rather lame-ass apology. Now CNN is reporting that the Duchess of York has gone on tv and stated that Harry "deserves a break." Oh, Fergie. SHUT UP!

Here's more:

"'The thing is that sometimes we all do things where the ramifications of our actions are perhaps afterthoughts,' the duchess -- Sarah Ferguson -- said on 'American Morning.'

'It's all very well to come down hard on him, but he's been through a lot, and I fully support him 100 percent.

'I hope the world accepts his apology,' she said. 'He deserves a break, really.'

...Not everyone was as forgiving. Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter told CNN Harry's choice of costume would be 'very much an embarrassment to his father.'

'He should have realized that wearing Nazi uniform as member of royal family is just not a starter,' said Arbiter, who also said a written apology was 'not enough' and Harry should 'come up front.'

'He needs a good dose of army discipline given by people he doesn't know ... and perhaps then grow up.'

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said it was 'inexcusable for a member of the royal family to do that' and called Harry's action 'a disgrace to England.'

...Robert Rozett, director of the library at Jerusalem's Holocaust Museum, appeared more disappointed than angry about the royal flap and said he was happy Harry had quickly apologized.

'Of course, the Holocaust is representative of man's greatest evil and collapse of morality in human civilization,' Rozett told CNN, 'so when Prince Harry wears it ... it indicates the lessons of the Holocaust have not entered into his understanding or consciousness.'

...Some on the streets of London, though, agreed with Harry's aunt.

'I like the lad, and I think people tend to batten down on to him. It's not fair really,' one woman said.

'I think if I was Jewish, I might feel a bit upset about the fact, but all the same, people need to take in the context it's in, and he obviously didn't mean anything by it.'

The Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and millions of others including Poles, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners and Gypsies. Millions more were imprisoned or forced to work as slaves.

Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is commemorating the 60th anniversary that day by inviting Nazi death camp survivors and British veterans who freed them to a reception at St. James's Palace..."

Oh, those wacky Brits. First, the very name "Dickie Arbiter" could ONLY happen in jolly olde England. And by jove! I think it's simply PIPPING that they still say things like "it's just not a starter" and "lad"--I say, it IS rather charming, don't you think, wot wot?

Yes, apparently the thinking goes something like this: "The dear boy was simply acting rather foolishly, especially by forgetting all that silly nonsense about the royal family's quite deep ties to the Nazis--I say, doesn't their real last name sound a bit Teutonic? Hmmm. Yes. Quite. Uh...where was I? Oh, yes! But he's really a good lad, you see, and he seems rather jolly most of the time, which is--dare I say--quite amusing. And really, if you are not, in fact, Jewish, then why make such a fuss? Why take offense?"

Why, indeed!

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