Saturday, September 8, 2012
Supporting Prince Harry with a Naked Salute - a not entirely SFW post!
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: This week, the cover of PEOPLE blared, "Harry - The Naked Prince!" Inside there's a detailed description of naughtiness, nudity and nubile young women, none of which would be noteworthy if it had been any other 27-year-old soldier vacationing in Las Vegas. I like royalty watching as well as the next American and I like good looking men as much as the next woman, so I've been following along in the various British papers (Okay, the Daily Mail, since the Times and The Guardian insist on being stuffy about printing pictures of the third in line to the throne in his royal birthday suit.) Which is how I discovered the Facebook page "Support Prince Harry with a naked salute."
The group was started by an ex-Royal Marine and his friend, formerly of the Royal Hussars, two soldiers who clearly know how to craft an elevator pitch. Much like "Snakes on a Plane," "Support Prince Harry with a naked salute" pretty much tells you exactly what you're getting. There are soldiers in Afghanistan preserving their modesty with their SA80s. There's a cheerful army wife displaying her coffee and tea canisters. There are any number of ex-military standing behind the Union Jack. The site has been so successful, they've spun off a fundraiser for Walking With the Wounded that's raised £4,107 so far. And yes, the FB page opens with a picture of a group of amputee soldiers who have their hats off to Prince Harry.
Purusing these sites, I've come to three conclusions:
1. If there were an international Olympics for humor (or humour!) the UK would take Gold.
2. There are a lot - and I mean a lot - of tattoos out there.
3. The British have no problem referring to sweaty, mostly-naked men carrying deadly weapons as "cheeky lads."
So, Reds, what do you think? HALLIE EPHRON: I hope their hats are strategically placed.
I know, I'm a killjoy, but what I think is that Harry's an idiot. Twenty-seven is a grown-up -- his grandmother was two years younger when she became queen. Is it a surprise to him that paparazzi are following him around? Because at some level this has to be a deliberate plea for attention. And who can blame him? It's tough being second-born in that family.
RHYS BOWEN: Hallie I couldn't agree more. He knows the job comes with certain standards and responsibilities. If one of my grandchildren had done something to embarrass me, I would think less highly of them. This is a teenage stunt at best. I will not be displaying myself with a couple of geraniums.
p.s. Having written this original comment we now find that he has been deployed back to Afghanistan. So the silliness now doesn't seem quite so out of place. A last act of bravado before he returns to hell.DEBORAH CROMBIE: Oh, I can't say I MIND looking at Harry in the buff, and I know he's going off to Afghanistan. But lots of soldiers going off to fight have wives/husbands/families and don't need to "let off steam" by cavorting naked in Vegas with questionable girls. Nor do I see why he needed a "break" after looking responsible for two weeks at the Olympics. Grow up, Harry. I have huge admiration for his grandparents, who have always behaved well no matter how difficult the circumstances. So there's me--stuffy. And no well-placed geraniums:-)
JAN BROGAN - I think we all need famous people to behave badly - or we'd have nothing to talk about. And who better than a good looking prince? Face it, unless you go to a Charlie Sheen extreme, it's just not that unusual when actors or rock stars behave badly. They are SUPPOSE to behave badly. It's only interesting when an actual PRINCE (and not the musician formerly known as Prince) act up. It's the contrast between responsibility and irresponsibility that make it so thoroughly entertaining. Besides, this takes the pressure off William and Kate - they can continue be the models of behavior and allow Harry to provide us with a scandal. LUCY BURDETTE: Well said all! Now off you go to look at the Facebook page--it's pretty darned funny. Though I like the original photo the best. It reminds me of one of my favorite funny movies, The Full Monty:). (Though I'm not posting either Rhys.) (Though hmmmm, most of the reds will be at Bouchercon--group shot??)
JULIA: I think we should definitely do a group shot at Bouchercon. I'll be the one standing behind the potted plant.
What do you think, readers? Scandalous? Sexy? Silly? Or all three?