Why I Didn’t Watch That Harry And Meghan Interview

I know. It’s even a difficult headline to write without, feeling the future raised eyebrows that will accompany anyone reading this.

And while the 17.1 million viewers who did watch it may think that I missed out on the "most important interview of our times" (as I have heard it described) with Harry and Meghan, I have to tell you – I completely disagree.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a scandal as much as the next person and thrive on a bit of drama to keep me occupied. I watched the entire Bridgerton series in one sitting and I am here for that kind of gossip-fuelled excitement!

And I really admire Meghan as an actress and for her charity work. I love seeing how she dresses and think she is absolutely beautiful. I also have fully loved seeing Harry grow up into the solid, fun, handsome and steadfast young man he is today.

Do I think anyone deserves to be treated like absolute rubbish online or by the media? Absolutely not. The nonsense that flies around between WhatsApp groups and disgusting forums because someone made a "hilarious" (read: vile) meme about a gorgeous woman who has just married a prince makes my blood boil.

Not to mention the vultures that are the tabloid press. The culture around treating celebrities and royals as some sort of public property that may be whipped and abused without consequence is something that still needs serious attention.

In fact, the culture around treating anyone like public property that can be whipped and abused because they perhaps have an online platform of any size, is something that still needs serious attention. It’s the main thing I worry about when I think of my children’s futures.

But the big interview with Oprah thing? No, I didn’t buy into it and here’s why.

We Are In The Middle Of A Pandemic!

If Harry and Meghan had interviewed with Oprah to talk to the world about the philanthropic work they were doing in helping to vaccinate thousands of vulnerable people in economically deprived countries, I’d have been all over it. If you have that kind of global attention, use it for positive action!

People Have Far Greater Problems Than Theirs

Yes, there are most definitely institutional issues facing us all regarding race, gender, sexual orientation – the world can be terribly crap at the best of times in that regard. But people are dying, losing their jobs, are homeless, and are struggling with this ever-looming virus that doesn’t seem to want to go away. The timing was just SO off for this.

You Can’t B*tch About Your In-Laws!

Imagine going on the Late Late with Tubs to tell him how much you dislike your in-laws, and your husband being ok with it?! You know you never would, because your mamma taught you better than that.

Sharyn Hayden

Sharyn is the author of comedy smash, 'I Forgot to Take My Pill!' (Amazon) and mammy to two amazing kids, Jacob and Eva. She blogs at RaisingIreland.com and is the creator of Skinny Batch Bakery in North Co. Dublin.

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