Why is there such media hype over a two year old’s birthday party ?

So nearly every news and media outlet has reported on the birthday party of Kylie Jenner’s 2 year old daughter this week, and the hype has been real.

The lavish party came with a warehouse full of amusement rides, sweets, activities and was completed with a scattering of huge inflatable faces of her daughter. (See below)

(yep, I don’t get it either.)

Anyway, I’m really not here to bash the kardashians, or their kids, at all. I have to admit I am no stranger to Keeping Up With The Kardashians and they have provided us with some very quotable content (Kim there’s people that are dying.)

What I really want to criticise though, is the media hype around such lavishness and outright excess. Let’s not forget, this was a party for a two year old child, who will most likely barely remember any of it. The resources and money that were pumped into this are extreme and instead of criticising, or even just ignoring its absurdity…as a society we give it attention and celebrate it.

I don’t care what any person chooses to spend their money on, but I do care that society and the media think it is of extreme importance to showcase these lavish lifestyles and hold them up as something we should aspire to.

It is very apparent where we are at as a society when events like this are so widely reported on. I believe it is a solid reflection of the Instagram curated semi reality we all live in now. As a disclaimer I’m not projecting a holier than thou attitude. Trust me when I say I’m as down the Instagram rabbit hole as anyone else (que picture of me “candidly” drinking coffee and staring out the nearest window at @aoifssss) (was that a shameless Instagram plug?) (Me? neverrrrr.) However, I do believe at some point we have to stop blurring the lines between what is real and what is manufactured. We have to start learning what really is important and what is not again…

And I think taking time out to celebrate a 10ft blow up face of Kylie Jenner’s two year old daughter, definitely is not.

Why is Britain so angry at Meghan and Harry?

So this is a story that has been dominating every aspect of the media for weeks. From the news, to television talk shows to internet blogs to twitter memes. People can’t get enough. It has spanned from factual reporting to all out slander and everything in-between, but why does Britain care so much?

It is pretty apparent that the media is putting the blame on Meghan for the Sussex’s sudden step down from royal duties. They are angry at both Harry and Meghan, but she is seemingly the one being hit hardest by the public and tabloid press. There have been many opinions on why this is, spanning from racism to sexism and everything else you can possibly imagine, however I believe there is one other large factor to take into consideration.

The Media and people all around Britain are angry, but what are they really angry at? Do people really care thaaat much that Harry and Meghan want to become more private and move to Canada with their new son? My hypothesis is No.

I believe there are deeper routed issues to blame here. The British are facing uncertainty in nearly all aspects of their lives due to Brexit, and they have been for quite some time. Nothing is clear. There have been more elections in the past few years than most people see in a decade. There has been nothing but complete uncertainty for three years, with Britain caught in a sort of limbo not knowing what will happen next. One thing that was not in limbo however was the monarchy.

I do not believe this media storm is solely about Harry and Meghan. Do most people follow the royal family extensively? Do every aspect of these royal’s existence really take a toll on normal everyday life for normal everyday people? If Meghan and Harry had secretly went to Canada and not done any public events and had not been reported on, how many people would really notice the difference? I don’t think the physical act of Harry and Meghan moving or stepping down is really going to impact any normal person’s life in a drastic way, but the idea of another solid system in Britain facing extreme uncertainty, does. It only adds to the instability the nation have been feeling for the past three years and people are angry that they don’t feel secure.

So, why is everyone so angry with Harry and Meghan? Because in times of uncertainty people need someone to blame and they are the easiest target.

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