Conservatives Pretty Sure Meghan Markle Lying About Historically Upstanding Royal Family
Conservatives responded predictably to the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday night. There were two sides, and conservatives immediately picked the one that didn't have a Black woman. Markle is an American citizen, but conservatives from her own country are furious that she would “attack" the Royal Family, which the anti-elitist, America First types suddenly adore.
Megyn Kelly rage-tweeted after the interview: “In which M & H pretend that no royal has had it worse in the press than they have. Give me a break. Have you ever seen such privileged people wallowing in their own (perceived) victimhood like this?"
In which M & H pretend that no royal has had it worse in the press than they have. Give me a break. Have you ever s… https://t.co/g2vAUhcdHV— Megyn Kelly (@Megyn Kelly)1615210426.0
Kelly includes the clip where Harry emotionally details how his family left them to rot, but the former Fox News host and blackface connoisseur dismisses the couple as privileged divas. She sneers at the notion that Markle has received worse treatment from the British tabloid press than the numerous Royal Family members you probably couldn't name at gunpoint, but the only other contender is literally Harry's mother, who was killed while fleeing the paparazzi. You could forgive his sensitivity on the subject. Harry was worried about Markle's safety back when they were dating. This is more than just unflattering stories about avocados. Kelly meanwhile has played the sad trombone for the previous White House occupant's supposed abusive treatment in the press.
Conservatives find Harry and Markle's revelations about racism within the Royal Family unbelievable, as in they literally don't believe them. We're talking about an institution that proclaims its members as superior by birth to all other pasty white Brits. I just took for granted it was racist, as well. These people expect even the Lord and Lady Inbred to kneel in their presence. Markle was bound to have a tough time.
Kelly was annoyed that Winfrey didn't badger her witnesses about who actually ordered the Code Racist.
Oprah stayed too broad-I wanted more: "who?...Be specific...what exactly did they say? Who was jealous of M after Australia? How did u know that? What do you mean ur family hasn't "educated themselves" the way u have? They're racists? WHO?" Eventually they'd have to get specific.
Kelly runs a podcast out of her basement and thinks she can criticize Oprah Winfrey's interview style, which builds a rapport with the subject so they are more inclined to reveal unpleasant truths. Bullying someone isn't going to get you an answer. Kelly should've learned that from her disastrous interview with Jane Fonda. But that's not the point. Kelly didn't want specifics. She'd just dismiss them as more lies.
Fox News host Kennedy accused Winfrey of throwing “softballs" at Harry and Markle. It's as if no one knows how interviews work. It's not a cage fight. Winfrey coaxed a great deal of shocking information from the couple, including Markle's mental health crisis, but conservatives think this was unfair to the Royal Family and the crappy tabloid press. This is probably less-than-subtle misogynoir: Of course, the Black talk show host is going to be too nice to the other Black lady. That ain't real journalism! However, Martin Bashir didn't interrogate Diana, Princess of Wales, like she was an enemy combatant at Gitmo. Conservatives should watch the 1995 interview with Diana. It's shocking how much history has repeated itself, which is what Harry feared.
Ben Shapiro, now a diehard monarchist, called Harry “spoiled" for prioritizing his lowercase family over the Royal Family and merry old England, chop chop, cheerio. Shapiro asked that we imagine how awful this must be for Prince Phillip, who is 99, comfortably retired, and not the subject of racist attacks.
Imagine being Prince Philip: fighting Nazis, helping preside over the UK during the Cold War and the economic struggles of the 1970s, and now watching your spoiled grandson basically call the institution to which you have silently devoted your life a vile repository of bigotry.
Happy Women's History Month!
I can't believe I have to say this, but Queen Elizabeth is the reigning monarch of Great Britain. The Duke of Edinburgh is her husband, and he managed an awful lot of racial gaffes during his “silent devotion" to the Crown.
Pretty good metaphor for Western civilization, TBH.
No, this isn't a good metaphor. It's very bad and Shapiro should feel bad.
The devoted monarchist continued defending the Royal Family on his talk show. Here's my obligatory warning that I'm about to subject your innocent eyes to more of Shapiro's crap.
Ok, so then Meghan Markle starts talking about how difficult — she starts talking about how racist everyone was.
And she relates a conversation in which, apparently, somebody asked how dark her son's skin would be. Now, this would be an excellent time for Oprah, being the interviewer, to ask, ok can you name a name?
Winfrey confirmed that it wasn't Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, but this is a disingenuous sticking point anyway because they could've said it was Camilla in the study with the racist candlestick and Shapiro still wouldn't have believed their story.
I'm just going to say it, I don't believe that happened. I don't think that happened. Honest to God, I don't think it happened. The reason I don't think that happened is because no one says anything like that.
Ben Shapiro is the same guy who said, “Facts don't care about your feelings," but his logic here is apparently: Racism doesn't exist. Anyone who says so is lying. All men are Socrates.
That's a ridiculous question. How dark is your son's skin going to be? Beyond, like, the racism of it, the actual stupidity, like the human stupidity of having to ask that question. Do you not know what biracial children look like?
Gee, Shapiro, do you know what “biracial children look like"? There isn't a catalog. Barack Obama is biracial, but so is Rashida Jones. Shapiro obviously knows nothing about the history of “passing" or “colorism." Seemingly non-racist white people wondering about the potential skin tone of a biracial child is something that happens a lot. I'm a primary source here.
Shapiro doesn't take tea with the Queen. There's no reason he should immediately disbelieve Harry and Markle, who were there, over the Royal Family, but it's not shocking that American conservatives have eagerly joined the battle against Harry and Markle for daring to expose racism even within an obviously discriminatory and classist institution. White innocence must be defended at home and abroad.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."