Mark Grimm


The Royal Wedding matters because we rarely celebrate wholesomeness

Yes, Americans should care about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. We live in a culture that far too often celebrates misbehavior. Heck, Charlie Sheen actually went on tour to celebrate his. Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Chris Brown — iccckkk. Why can’t we have a story where the headline is two famous people who love and respect each other and don’t look down on anyone. Well, actually we do. Prince William could easily have turned out to be a spoiled rich kid with a snooty air. To the contrary, he is a young man who joined the military not for the photo op, but to actually save lives as a rescue pilot. He has his mother’s heart and a respect for tradition you wouldn’t expect from someone twice his age. Kate Middleton is pure elegance, possessing a beauty and unassuming air that will serve her (and her country) well.

This is also about British history which, of course, is our history. No other country has left such an indelible mark on the American ethos. And no other country has been such a loyal friend to us. No other country is even close. No one is asking that you treat every wedding detail as a life and death moment. The details are the entertainment. But don’t let the moment pass without scoring one for the good in all of us. We could use the boost right now.

Trump – Cosby and Staying on Message

The Bill Cosby – Donald Trump feud that erupted on the Today Show and continues today is a lesson about staying on message. Cosby appeared on Today to discuss education reform but that message got obliterated when he said Trump was “full of it.” The question was almost a throw away because Trump appeared on the show before Cosby. Trump responded by saying Cosby was dishonest. I don’t think either man benefits from the exchanges and they certainly don’t help the message strategy or cause of either one. Message discipline sometimes requires keeping opinions to yourself.

Charlie Sheen Circus Act

The publicity concerning actor Charlie Sheen and his bizarre behavior makes a statement about contemporary American culture. Too often we mistake fame for respect. Sheen believes he is basking in the glory of devoted fans as he takes his act on tour. It’s an exercise in self-delusion. Sheen’s “popularity” is akin to the crowds that quickly gather at a car accident or pay to see a freak show at the circus. He may be getting their money, but he certainly isn’t getting their respect.  While people find the “bad boy” of interest, no one wants to make friends. What’s really troubling is the effect this will have on his small children, who are being raised in this circus. They deserve better. As for Sheen, it’s amazing how old an act can get once you’ve been to the circus.