Harry’s Tinky-Winky Sparks Public Debate

We can all agree that Prince Harry is a wild card. A good boy with a self-destructive streak. Not unlike his mother’s brother, Charles Spencer, who had a knack for grabbing the attention of the tabloids in his day, too.

And for the record, it is clearly not true what they say about What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. Somewhere in New York City, a marketing team is already at work on a new catchy slogan, one that will undoubtedly capitalize on some Royal’s Highness.

No matter how many times you say it, this generation of 20-30 somethings just don’t seem to grasp the threat that booze and camera phones pose.

One columnist suggested that Prince Harry’s indiscretion would only endear him even more to the general public. I can’t speak for the rest of you but public nudity has never endeared anyone to me. The few times I’ve seen it, I’ve turned and headed in the other direction. The only emotion I have for such people is one of pure humiliation, something these 20-30 somethings don’t seem to know anything about either.

Shame.

Humiliation.

Embarrassment.

I can’t speak for all of England but I think it is safe to say here in America showing one’s arse in public has become standard fare. Politicians do it. (Rep. Akin comes to mind) Celebrities do it. (Lady Gaga) And even toddlers do it. (Honey Boo-Boo).

Snooki and her Jersey Shore castmates have even made a good living exploiting their own foolishness. The Kardashians have followed suit.

So it’s not all that surprising that when Prince Harry showed up dog-hump nekkid on TMZ.com, the general public barely blinked.

Americans are bored. If it’s their attention you seek, you’ll have to do something far more outlandish than strip off your royal BVDs.  We’ve become so acclimated to people pimping themselves out for five minutes of fame on Facebook that a little white hiney doesn’t warrant a yawn from us.

The Brits, however, have long cultivated a more mannerly way. They expect their Royals to behave better than our politicians. Harry’s Romper Room antics are causing quite the stir among proper Lords and Ladies. Some are saying he ought to be stripped of more than just his clothes — they’d like to see his title jerked away like a G-string at midnight.

So far only one British tabloid has dared to run the nude photos — The Sun. Claiming a “clear public interest” (previously referred to as voyeurism), editors for the paper said that the photos will  help the public have a more informed debate about Harry’s full frontal.

Besides The Sun’s editors maintained the Prince, third in line to the throne, compromised his own privacy.

They do have a point there.

If you are going to act the fool in Vegas, or anywhere else there is cell phone reception, don’t be surprised when you make the morning news.

This especially holds true if you happen to be famous already. You know what they say — One chap’s nekkidness is a tabloid’s financial gain.

The Press Complaint’s Commission is threatening to investigate The Sun.

Go right ahead, says Sun managing editor David Dinsmore.  He said the decision was an issue of freedom of the press. “This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the internet, but can’t be seen in the nation’s favourite paper read by eight million people every day.”

Harry’s tinky-winky has become a matter of public debate (something you’d think everyone would want to avoid, Royal or Commoner.)

Some say the PCC  ought to take action against The Sun for exposing Prince Harry’s indiscretion.

Others maintain that censorship would be a threat to Freedom of Speech. Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie says, “People should stop worrying about privacy and start worrying about what free speech will mean to this country if the Levesons and the Camerons of this country have their way.”

Of course MacKenzie has a troubling journalistic history of his own. So he might not make the best spokesman about the ethics of Free Speech, given his reported propensity of making stuff up.

What about you?

Did you root around on the web searching for the photos?

Should Harry be punished for his bad boy behavior? Or is Harry being given too much exposure by The Sun?

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Karen Spears Zacharias

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  • http://twitter.com/TimThurman timthurman

    He should be punished… but how do you punish someone like him?

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      With kid gloves?

  • Early

    England had another Prince Hal once who lived a life of drunken dissipation and was never expected to become king. He nonetheless became king and ended up kicking a lot of French tail at Agincourt.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ah…good point, Chris. Lest we forget history again..

  • Richard

    Karen – you continue to be a treasure and enlighten me upon necessary things. I grew up in Georgia too and have now, from your piece, finally learned the term dog-hump nekkid — I do have to wonder why the ‘boys’ from ‘the Yard’ didn’t have a tighter leash on the young man.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Richard: So glad I am able to educate folks on the finer points of being a redneck. It’s been a long time since I left Georgia but I guess I haven’t forgotten my upbringing quite yet. LOL.

  • Pat68

    I don’t think he should be punished per se, unless of course he violated some code of ethics for the military, which he serves in. Maybe a reprimand, which I’m sure he’s already received. Hopefully, this incident will reign him in a bit or at least make him more careful about whose company he’s in.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Even if I wasn’t a prince I’d be mortified for anyone I love, or even anyone I don’t know to see photos like that of me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rickmcopy Rick Middleton

    “Punished” is beside the point. The country needs to ask why they spend billions of dollars to support a symbolic monarchy, when those royals live privileged and sometimes excessive lives while contributing very little of value to the nation (in the eyes of some critics). The prince’s romp, which included $6,000/night hotel rooms, was paid for with public dollars. That is your real scandal.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      $6,000 a night hotel? Shaking my head. I think if I were the Queen Mum I would have a few choice words with Harry and then dock his allowance for six-months. Require him to get a real job. One in which he pays taxes.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      $6,000 a night..If I were the Queen Mum I’d dock the chap’s allowance and get him a real job, one in which he has to give half of his income to taxes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bmolono Ben Molyneux

    As a Brit, I feel I should point out that most of us have long given up any hope of our royals behaving any better than our politicians. In fact the prevailing atmosphere in Britain is one of amusement – most people I know seem to think its entirely normal for someone of Prince Harry’s (and for that matter, my own) age. Everyone does something they are ashamed of in their youth, but most of us only have to answer to our friends and not the entire internet!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I am sure it must be very frustrating as a Brit to deal with misbehaving monarchs, as much as it is for us Yanks to deal with our politicians. If we feel exploited perhaps it’s because we are.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      As an American, I can relate. We are equally as distressed by our so-called leaders. And while it is true I’ve done some things that I’m not proud of, stripping nekkid in front of God, strangers, and a camera phone isn’t one of them. I hope the Queen Mum give him a well-deserved tongue-lashing.


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