I’m not a fan of queues. Actually, that’s putting it mildly.
The airport makes my teeth, if not the entire bottom half of my head, jittery. If two people stand in line in front of me at the Lidl, I get the Heebie-Jeebies. And those Lidl queues are pretty fast moving.
Suffice to say, the footage of Britons reportedly queuing for up to 30 hours was a triggering sight. I watched with a mixture of sheer horror and fascination as those willingly lined up, despite warnings that the endeavor would be physically and mentally tiring.
Airport-like security measures, three miles of fence and wristbands were soon deployed. Soon, according to some hysterical newspaper reports, it simply became “The Queue”, visible from space. There was a queue to get in the queue.
A woman appeared on the other side of all the fandango and happily gushed that seeing the Queen’s coffin lying there was better than the birth of her two children. Romcom-style meetings took place in the queue. A woman went to the Queen’s coffin seven times.
Queue politesse is one of the most British things there is, but there was an undeniable feeling that some royal fans were beginning to lose their composure in their collective grief.
When David Beckham was cleared of all alleged previous wrongdoing after waiting in line for his turn like a “normal” person, my eyes rolled so hard my eyelids got six pack abs.
Controversy then erupted when various well-known figures, politicians and broadcasters jumped the 10-mile queue to see the Queen lying in state. A normal civilian was quoted in the London Times So: “I don’t really like how MPs always get front row tickets. You should join the rest of the queue. We’re all human, why should they be treated any differently?” Woah-ho, wait until he gets a grip on life in the real world again.
Among the “issues” that condescended to break away from “us” were This morning Presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who entered the room as presenters. As of this writing, nearly 40,000 people have signed a petition asking for the two to be fired from their jobs. Willoughby has reportedly brought in lawyers over the entire scenario.
Of the many people who have chosen to take the fast lane, the backlash against Schofield and Willoughby — the latter in particular, for some reason — has been truly mind-boggling.
Perhaps after two years of Covid, the UK public is outraged by any talk of ‘having it all together’. Perhaps they are bereft of losing the “grandma of the nation” and dealing with fiercely intense emotions.
The UK media has stuffed so much hyper-emotional baloney down its collective gullet over the last 10 days, no wonder emotions are running high. But the famous British stiff upper lip and the ‘never complain, never explain’ mantra so favored by the Queen appear to have died with her.
Queue jumpers are annoying at the best of times, but it’s somewhat naïve of the large, unwashed public to think there wouldn’t be a fast lane for VIPs with seemingly more important places.
And even more naive to think they wouldn’t use it in favor of a 30 hour queue. Also, it’s a bit late in the day to rant about any two-tier system in modern Britain. This ship has sailed.
Ironic really, because what sustains the idea of social inequality more than a monarchy?
Bridget doesn’t fonda the media for good reason
Certain media outlets seem confused that people don’t look the way they did 30 years ago.
Since retiring from acting around the turn of the century, actress Bridget Fonda, 58, has kept out of the public eye and seems happy enough to focus on her family.
Given that Fonda has deliberately stayed out of the public eye, I don’t know what she’s up to and I don’t care.
But it hasn’t stopped newspapers from snapping her as she goes about her daily business, snapping high-contrast photos from her acting “heyday” (in bikinis, of course).
The point these pap shots make isn’t that she’s “unrecognizable,” but that she’s put on weight. In a way, the interest in history is probably understandable. After all, how many Hollywood actresses we know are so resolutely turning their backs on business?
Most of them expend a remarkable amount of time and energy in holding back the tides of time and maintaining a certain weight. Looking like you’re not trapped in aspic is a truly radical move.
But it’s completely unnecessary and unfair to photograph a private individual who clearly wants to stay out of the limelight just so you can draw all sorts of grim conclusions about women, weight and age.
And given how easily the media seems to disgrace women, can you blame Fonda for going a bit against it?
Diversity of the little mermaid makes a big statement
If you do yourself today find the adorable reaction video of little brown and black girls watching the trailer of the live action remake The little mermaid.
To her surprise and delight, Ariel (played by Halle Bailey) looks just like her. It’s a positive demonstration of why on-screen representation is so important.
As for those who criticize the casting choice – in the swing between positive representation of all children, especially those underrepresented in mainstream films, and your “ruined childhood”, I know which I would prefer.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/british-public-naive-not-to-expect-vips-would-be-allowed-skip-the-queue-for-the-queen-42008114.html The British public is naïve not to expect VIPs to be allowed to skip the ‘queue’ for the Queen