What? You really thought I could let this go unremarked???!!
you have been living under a rock, you will have heard that a few days
ago England's Prince Harry was photographed nude, while attending a
private party in Las Vegas. Apparently those pictures were sold to an
American media outlet and have now been seen around the world. News out
of England now is that, despite earlier reticence to publish naked
pictures of Prince Harry, one British 'news'paper has now also shared
them. They seem to justify it as coming under 'the public's right to
know' or some such rot. Every sleaze rag in America jumped on board to
share the proof that *gasp* Prince Harry is a normal male. I am
presuming he is normal, since I have heard no follow up story along the
lines of *Prince Harry is alien baby: picture proof* or some such nonsense.
I have not seen these pictures, and no, I have no intention of seeking
them out, because I DON'T CARE! Shocking, I know!!! However, it seems
that my total lack of interest in such private pictures is rare, at
least among the msm who have fallen all over themselves to express their
faux outrage. Not as if England has any other really important issues
to cover - or uncover as the case may be. Yes, that was sarcasm.
is these pictures were taken at a PRIVATE party in a PRIVATE room by -
one presumes - a private individual. Should all participants (including
Harry) have a reasonable expectation that their privacy would be
respected? Of course they should, and that quite apart from the old
cliche "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."
As Prince Charles
pointed out to the British media, any publication of these pictures is a
gross invasion of privacy, no matter WHO the subject is.
may be flogging this issue, and being oh so terribly serious (as they
run to the bank, no doubt) but leave it to our British Military men and
women to show the appropriate response to this non-issue.
According to the Daily Mirror, there is now a FaceBook page
dedicated to showing support for one of their own by shedding all their
clothes. In the Mirror article there are some great pictures with
this story. In true British fashion, the Troops - and in some cases,
their missus' - poke fun at the stodgy public image portrayed by the
msm, and have posted pictures of themselves baring all as they stand
tall and salute Prince Harry. The comments are hilarious as they prove
that this whole non-issue has been overblown and that they, at least,
are not buying into it. Of course, they also prove, in case anybody
EVER doubted it, that some British can always laugh at themselves.
all seriousness though, the msm has proved once again, that there are
no lengths to which they will not go, in order to portray a public
figure in a bad light, and if that is Prince Harry, so much the better.
The fact is, Harry and his mates were at a private 'do' and doing what
young lads have done since time began: having fun.
the msm is saying about how seriously Prince Charles and Buckingham
Palace may be viewing this 'incident,' (did any of them suggest that
Harry would get a 'dressing down' by his dad? I don't know,) none of
us really have any way of knowing, since I am sure none of the family
will be saying anything quotable for the media.
Bottom line for
me is that this should be a cautionary tale for Harry and his friends:
Know who you are trusting, before you strip off. Yes, as a Royal he is a
public figure, but he also knows how the media has salivated over every
detail of his family's life for years. Sad to say, the media has
always pushed the boundaries of the family's right to privacy, and for
an opportunity to show Harry in his birthday suit I guess the sky was
the limit in terms of the price they were willing to pay.
don't know who sold those pictures to the media, but I suspect that by
now Harry and friends most certainly DO know who did. If nothing else, I
hope it was a reminder to them all to be ever wary of who they include
in their merrymaking. It is said that everybody has their price, and I
hope that the seller of the Harry pictures made a bundle, since that
will be the last time she'll ever be invited to a party with that crew.
on the British Military for standing with him, and displaying an
attribute the seller will never understand: loyalty, which cannot be
bought, for any price.
Soldier ON, Harry....
*cross posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*