They don't have to. But they wouldn't have to pretend that it was racism radiation from the Confederate battle flag that caused slavery and Jim Crow, either. And they generally don't.
It's like if he talked about the Provos disappearing a neighbor of his because she was rumored to have bought greasepaint. The metaphor for "royals" has twisted and morphed until it's Tatsuya Ishida symbolism.
radiation is a fairly good metaphor for how negative symbols are viewed by the recipients of those symbols. in this sense, it acts as a proxy for potentially violent action, and certainly for reifying and even celebrating a history of very violent actions. like a royal family, say.
the provos and their protestant counterparts definitely disappeared people for less, usually crimes-against-our-crimes type rules infractions, but also plenty of things like "may have said something to the ruc" or "may have helped hide a prod gunman on the run". lots of bodies showing up the next morning with plier marks and a hole in the head.
it's why belfast is so mural-y, after all.
somewhat related: "say nothing" is a really good book, btw, and moynihan did a good interview with the author a few years back on the fifth column podcast.
Lord knows people aren't honestly wrong or anything, especially about families they marry into. Or fail to hire an academic team to brief them. Or even just mistakenly think anything could have changed since the heyday of Pearl Jam.
That's the thing that gets me, the insistence that she's being deceptive or sinister. Oh, she had a secret private wedding, the whore! and that. It's a damn weird attitude for a bunch of Americans.
sinister? no. it's media play. but deceptive? oh most certainly. i dunno, man, like...i can't buy the whole "too much of a naif to do a google search, yet naifish enough to blunder into an interview with oprah" in any way that doesn't sound like the punchline to a joke. perhaps my heart is too cynical and jaded to accept the possibility, even. but i must confess that it is indeed too jaded, and i'll go one step further.
the royal family being racist and colorist is absolutely easy to believe. these are control freaks bred by a centuries old control freak machine within which they exist/are trapped! 100% plausible - in fact, my priors not only insist it's true, but that worse shit was said that they don't even know about.
but we're watching two competing media spheres try to punch each other. for some reason people are picking "sides" even in countries where this doesn't matter, mostly due to "they did a racism" and the reflexive idiocy of "how dare they say they did a racism". what i'm saying is there is no way this isn't calculated. all of it is calculated! of course it's deceptive.
if you've ever been involved in cable level (or even below) tv, the amount of control over every aspect of what goes into it is staggering. it's a fucking lot, a high wire act of flying in chirons and makeup and procedural control designed to minimize surprises and maximize eyeballs. i think we can all accept this as true.
but oprah is some next level shit. it's supposed to feel "authentic". it is not! it is designed to elicit certain responses in a certain way. like a politician kissing a baby. it's fake as fuck, or af as the kids say.
similarly, i regard the invocation of mental health woes in these contexts with supreme suspicion, and i hope everyone else does as well. it doesn't mean it didn't happen, it doesn't mean that there wasn't and aren't celebrities who suffer from very real mental health issues. but why do we know about it? because it's valuable to their narrative. not because it just happened to drop out of her mouth like some kind of anecdotal scone, with the clotted cream and jam of oprah's ur-motherly radiance creating the safest of (tea) spaces for this kind of "natural" and "free-flowing" conversation.
the entire thing is a show, like reality tv. so yes, deceptive by its very nature. how could it be otherwise?
maybe this feels too cynical to you, i dunno. but it's not an accident that only anecdotes which make them seem more sympathetic and victimized were expressed in their interview.
now to let some of the tension out of the room, i have a really funny joke that i found a good version of online:
One day, an IRA soldier lies on his death bed, dying of cancer. It's spread too far and couldn't be stopped. The doctor gave him his diagnosis, and only three days to live.
"Quick Moira," he says to his loving wife. "Enroll me as a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force."
"But why?" She exclaims. "You've been a good Catholic your whole life, why would you want to join the Protestants?"
He just rolls over, and ignores the question. But, because she loves him, she sends off his details, and awaits the letter confirming that he has joined the UVF.
Then, just as he is getting to the end of his life, the letter arrives. He has been accepted to the UVF.
With a satisfied sigh, he breathes his last, saying:
"Well that's one more fecking Protestant dead."
"i ran over the cat and didnt stop just carried on with tears in my eyes joose driving my way to work." - God