I suppose we all see different things in different people. For example, when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, I thought, “I’ve never met you, but I’d really like you. Beautiful, intelligent, strong, independent, loving.” But then, I’m not an elderly TV presenter, like Eamonn Holmes who said on Rupert Murdoch’s Talk Radio: “I just find her incredibly irritating. I’ve never met her but I look at her and I think ‘I don’t think I’d like you in real life.’ Awful, woke, weak, manipulative, spoilt…”
Perhaps, given that I have not met her, I should not have any kind of opinion of Ms Markle at all. I was just saying what I thought she would be like, although it’s hard to argue that she isn’t beautiful. I’m very glad I don’t share Eamonn’s point of view.
For someone who has been around for ever – or maybe it just feels like it? – Eamonn seems to carry around a lot of hate. He would not like Meghan. She’s “awful, woke, weak, manipulative, spoilt.” Oh, and black, he doesn’t add.
Whether Eamonn is part of the glaringly obvious media dislike of Meghan because of her colour, I have no idea. Perhaps, he possesses hitherto unknown powers of telepathy and has worked out Meghan to a tee. Or perhaps he’s just another self-important middle aged man, making a living out of hate, employing the old adage that any publicity is good publicity. Christ, Piers Morgan has made a good living at being a loud-mouthed gobshite. It’s entirely possible that portly old Manchester United fan Eamonn has cottoned-on. Or maybe he didn’t get the knighthood he felt he so richly deserved?
Given the grim parallels between the sad life and tragic death of Princess Diana and the gruesome harassment of Meghan Markle, these media folk seem to have no conscience at all. All they want is a “story”, even one that is woven together by spiteful Palace spokespeople briefing against Harry and Meghan and sheer guesswork. Listening to the radio phone-ins and (briefly) reading the comments on the red top websites, I am quite certain that a significant portion of the Great British Public feels just like Eamonn. Just take a look at the Daily Hate Mail’s poll today which concludes that most readers want Markle to be hanged for treason. (This may not be literally what they say, but it’s not far out.)
This is New Britain, more New England, if anything. Not looking for the good in people, we are looking for the bad and if we can’t, then we invent the bad in people and say it and print it as fact. And if the future is Eamonn Holmes, then God help us all.