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2013-05-22 12:05:40 AM  
A true QILF.
 
2013-05-22 12:11:52 AM  
F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it
 
2013-05-22 12:15:22 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


You know, you're right. She should just get off the national teat. Yep, she should take back all that property and its revenue she gives to the Nation from her inherited holdings, and give the English back their civil list. I'm sure that would work out well, financially.
 
2013-05-22 12:19:32 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

You know, you're right. She should just get off the national teat. Yep, she should take back all that property and its revenue she gives to the Nation from her inherited holdings, and give the English back their civil list. I'm sure that would work out well, financially.


So you're supporting the concept we fought a war to dump?

/no, I'm sorry. Hereditary monarchy is as silly to me as religion
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?
 
2013-05-22 12:22:26 AM  
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

While a sweet gesture, part of me questions the ethicality of this.

Oh and the link in the middle is gold:

Helen Mirren, Dressed as the Queen, Tells Street Drummers to fark Off
 
2013-05-22 12:34:10 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.
 
2013-05-22 12:37:24 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.


But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level
 
2013-05-22 12:48:32 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level


Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.
 
2013-05-22 12:49:29 AM  
Seriously?  No one in the royal family could have helped this boy with his wish?  That's BS.
 
2013-05-22 12:49:32 AM  
Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
binside.typepad.com
 
2013-05-22 12:51:04 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.


Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?
 
2013-05-22 12:51:53 AM  
I'd say that's an upgrade.
 
2013-05-22 12:51:53 AM  
Third runner-up was Dame Elton John.....
 
2013-05-22 12:57:31 AM  

Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]


xfinity.comcast.net

img2-1.timeinc.net
 
2013-05-22 12:57:37 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?


The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?
 
2013-05-22 01:02:39 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?


Because I think "Her Majesty" could have been a bit more human under the circumstances. Where I live is totally irrelevant, as is your "self-apointed advocate" comment

/It's my personal opinion, and I shall express it as I will
 
2013-05-22 01:05:16 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?


Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.
 
2013-05-22 01:06:25 AM  
She should have visited him as her character from Caligula. At least send the kid to the grave with a hard-on that will make the casket difficult and incredibly awkward to close.
 
2013-05-22 01:07:00 AM  

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Yeah... because all of California is Hollywood, idiot

/it remains pointless
 
2013-05-22 01:10:08 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level


In 2011, the Crown Estate brought  £230.9m to the UK Treasury; in return, the Queen received  £32.1m from the state.

Of course, it's not that simple.

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-qa-does-the-monarchy-p ay -for-itself/10711
 
2013-05-22 01:11:00 AM  
In a related article:

"Not much shocks you on the gay scene," said parade organizer Mark McKenzie. "But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade - that's a new one."
 
2013-05-22 01:19:52 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Yeah... because all of California is Hollywood, idiot

/it remains pointless


You know what else is pointless?  Quoting and requoting a huge block of text conversation. Just quote the relevant text.
 
2013-05-22 01:20:29 AM  

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Wait wait wait.  If you live in California you have to worship Hollywood?  OMG I was doing it wrong all those years!
 
2013-05-22 01:20:30 AM  

CaptainFatass: She should have visited him as her character from Caligula. At least send the kid to the grave with a hard-on that will make the casket difficult and incredibly awkward to close.


He's 10.. perhaps she'd give him his first and last one?
 
2013-05-22 01:25:44 AM  
She's looking good for her age. I'd still strap my spaceship to hers and boost her out out of Jupiter's gravity well.
 
2013-05-22 01:30:12 AM  
static.tvtropes.org
"It jus' gah Dusphy in here, Tony Schivonne!"
 
2013-05-22 01:33:19 AM  

Apos: A true QILF.


And what a dame.
 
2013-05-22 01:35:02 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?


This is farking retarded.  Congratulations.
 
2013-05-22 02:32:12 AM  

fusillade762: Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]


What are those from?
 
2013-05-22 02:37:23 AM  

Neeek: fusillade762: Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]

What are those from?


SNL.

Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom
 
2013-05-22 02:52:31 AM  
Good for the Queen on saying no. Someones got to teach these special snowflakes that important people have better things to do with their time than placate the whims of some unknown kid.
 
2013-05-22 03:01:08 AM  
Couldn't settle for having a soccer star score a goal or to meet the mayor, huh? Why not ask for a beej from Kate Upton while you're at it?
 
2013-05-22 03:10:50 AM  
The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

The queen had one real job, to serve the people, and she couldn't be bothered to help a special little boy carry an amazing memory with him into that long good night...f**k her.
 
2013-05-22 03:14:14 AM  
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?
 
2013-05-22 03:21:14 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.


My English Nana is 100 this year. I wonder what they put in the water.

/she is a raving coont
//in a cool way.
 
2013-05-22 03:33:20 AM  

Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.


Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.
 
2013-05-22 03:35:30 AM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


[i'mokwiththis.jpg]

/also okay with the kid believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny
// or Hanukkah Harry whatever
 
2013-05-22 03:35:49 AM  

farkeruk: Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.


So....are we arguing the same thing? ;) Get rid of the royals and people will still come...
 
2013-05-22 03:39:52 AM  
Kinda an angry bunch in here, ain'tcha? Lotta knickers in a twist.
 
2013-05-22 03:42:28 AM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


Yeah, this is kinda farked up. I get that everyone's heart was in the right place and that you can't really tell a kid with a horrible disease "Well, we can't give you what you wanted, but here's an actor", but it is kinda shiatty to go along with an act instead of seeing what they could do about his *next* biggest wish or something. Nice things are nice but maybe in time they'll wish they did something more legitimate. But what do I know, I don't even have a kid, let alone one with a terminal health problem. Just struck me as weird, is all.
 
2013-05-22 03:46:08 AM  

Wolf892: farkeruk: Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.

So....are we arguing the same thing? ;) Get rid of the royals and people will still come...


Yes. I was just adding more data.

The fact is, if people were coming here to see the Queen, tourism would have died years ago. "I went to the UK to see the Queen and the biatch didn't show up".
 
2013-05-22 04:10:26 AM  
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us," Oliver's father James Browne is quoted as saying.

so you fooled a dying retarded kid.  gg no re.
 
2013-05-22 04:11:09 AM  
Why would your dying wish be to meet Queen Elizabeth?
 
2013-05-22 04:19:33 AM  

fisker: Why would your dying wish be to meet Queen Elizabeth?


Maybe he was hoping to take her with him...but he wasn't fooled as we all suspect by the impostor....
 
2013-05-22 04:26:09 AM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?

She is in charge of the violence inherit in the system.
 
2013-05-22 04:42:40 AM  
www.freakingnews.com

What a monarchical queen may look like.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:42 AM  
I was wondering why he would want to meet the Queen. Thought to myself "That's retarded." then I read he has Down's Syndrome. It all makes sense now. Yeah, almost felt like an ass. Almost. Coincidence, really.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:51 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: But she's not the last of them/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?


There are various estimates, I think the total costs were supposed to be about $11b/year (and not a bunch of this is from state visits and security, so could be considered equivalent to the US spending on ex-Presidents going around being diplomatic and having lots of security assigned to them still), and the total value around $70b/year, which makes them more profitable than Apple's entire world operations, or Exxon's global profits, or whatever you want to compare it with.

http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/does-the-monarchy-pay-its-w ay /
 
2013-05-22 05:13:55 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


Ahem.
 
2013-05-22 06:02:20 AM  

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Respectable families? The Nazi sympathizers?
 
2013-05-22 06:06:36 AM  
Apparently, I was reading Fark and only just found out it's a blog for someone named MaudlinMutantMollusk who has an issue with the British monarchy. I wish Fark had made us aware there's a redirect on this page.
 
2013-05-22 06:11:09 AM  

suicide: HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?

Yeah, this is kinda farked up. I get that everyone's heart was in the right place and that you can't really tell a kid with a horrible disease "Well, we can't give you what you wanted, but here's an actor", but it is kinda shiatty to go along with an act instead of seeing what they could do about his *next* biggest wish or something. Nice things are nice but maybe in time they'll wish they did something more legitimate. But what do I know, I don't even have a kid, let alone one with a terminal health problem. Just struck me as weird, is all.


FTFA: Mirren brought Oliver and his family to Gielgud Theatre to see her play the Queen in Peter Morgan's The Audience.

Since she hosted them at a play she was acting in, I'm guessing that a kid without disabilities /might/ have figured out she was an actress. The parents, rather than say "Yay! Let's deceive Jr." were more acknowledging that their child couldn't really understand the difference, and that was fine, because it made him really happy for a day. Kudos for Mirren, taking time out of her day and life, to make a kid happy.
 
2013-05-22 06:31:51 AM  
You can bet your ass she put 100% of her acting MOJO into the performance. Helen Mirren doesn't do half-way shiat. Lucky nurses. What an honor to have seen it.
 
2013-05-22 06:36:30 AM  
Oh crap. I just noticed If you zoom in really close you can see the netting on the front of that cheap wig. Plus in the second photo she is stealing the kids wheelchair. fark her.
 
2013-05-22 06:41:08 AM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


"Rover went to live on a farm, kids".

The kid's a cancer-stricken Downie. I doubt he'll be scanning the pages of the newspaper, even the Daily Fail, and will discover his folks' cunning plan. He'll be lucky to say "Today is July First".
 
2013-05-22 06:49:28 AM  
Helen Mirren is about as awesome as it gets. Especially the verbal beatdown she gave the drummers outside the theater, detailed in another, related story on that page.
 
2013-05-22 06:52:49 AM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


He better really die at this point, or he's going to feel like real asshole later on.

Brought to you by the "Make a Wish/Receive a Lie Foundation"
 
2013-05-22 06:56:58 AM  

MmmmBacon: Helen Mirren is about as awesome as it gets. Especially the verbal beatdown she gave the drummers outside the theater, detailed in another, related story on that page.


A true Lady of class.  Wish we had more of them.
 
2013-05-22 07:01:52 AM  
Hehe. You people still have a Queen.

/tourists come to see the buildings and shiat, not the actual monarchs
 
2013-05-22 07:06:43 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


C'mon Obama is doing is doing the best he can to become king
 
2013-05-22 07:07:50 AM  

Onkel Buck: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

C'mon Obama is doing is doing the best he can to become king


(Fox 'News' viewer detected)
 
2013-05-22 07:19:12 AM  

Mugato: Hehe. You people still have a Queen.

/tourists come to see the buildings and shiat, not the actual monarchs


Word.

Remember the so called "Royal Wedding" a couple years ago.  Nobody gave a sh*t about that, at least here in the States.
 
2013-05-22 07:23:34 AM  

The Muthaship: Mugato: Hehe. You people still have a Queen.

/tourists come to see the buildings and shiat, not the actual monarchs

Word.

Remember the so called "Royal Wedding" a couple years ago.  Nobody gave a sh*t about that, at least here in the States.


I'm sure some did, but I think that due to the time difference, it was happening at or just before the crack of dawn.
 
2013-05-22 07:26:38 AM  

Alphax: I'm sure some did, but I think that due to the time difference, it was happening at or just before the crack of dawn.


Sorry, I was being sarcastic.  It was huge, and people set their alarms to get up and watch it live.  People are infatuated with them even here.
 
2013-05-22 07:35:50 AM  

The Muthaship: Alphax: I'm sure some did, but I think that due to the time difference, it was happening at or just before the crack of dawn.

Sorry, I was being sarcastic.  It was huge, and people set their alarms to get up and watch it live.  People are infatuated with them even here.


I never understood the ridiculous amounts of hype that got. Even when most people I knew who lived in that neck of the woods were more happy to have the day than really caring about why. 

Although I did love the stories:
Is the future queen pregnant? 
Does the Queen hate the newest addition to the family?
The royal princes throw a bachelor party - reports show that someone received a hand job from another individual dressed in a suit of armor.
 
2013-05-22 07:51:57 AM  
Unfortunately impersonating the Queen is the one thing they still have the death penalty for in Great Britain.  Mirren's head will be planted on a spike over at The Tower at noon tomorrow.
 
mhd
2013-05-22 07:56:48 AM  

The Muthaship: Remember the so called "Royal Wedding" a couple years ago. Nobody gave a sh*t about that, at least here in the States.


6-7am, 23 million viewers.
 
2013-05-22 08:13:18 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.


neither is the boy's... maybe she could empathize. or she could have invited the boy to buckingham and had one of her other useless relatives fill in for tea with him.
 
2013-05-22 08:13:35 AM  

mhd: The Muthaship: Remember the so called "Royal Wedding" a couple years ago. Nobody gave a sh*t about that, at least here in the States.

6-7am, 23 million viewers.


You're ruining the narrative.
 
2013-05-22 08:28:21 AM  
Wow.  Gawker commenters make Fark's look like the Harvard Debate Club.  Scroll down the list for the comment about Steve from Blue's Clues.
 
2013-05-22 08:39:54 AM  

ng2810: At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.


You do realize who you are talking to? An American. You know, people who belong to a nation which was created because the King was being neither honorable or loyal to his own subjects from across the pond.
 
2013-05-22 08:43:05 AM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk:

/no, I'm sorry. Hereditary monarchy is as silly to me as religion
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?


It allows people to support the country as a whole while still being critical of the policies of the elected government.  Not that people can't do that anyway, but it makes it rhetorically easier to dodge the accusations of "OMGTHETREASONS!" when they say strenuously disapprove of the policies of elected officials.

/Hail the King
//Damn the man
///Hail to the King, baby
 
2013-05-22 08:52:20 AM  

deaccessioned: MaudlinMutantMollusk:

/no, I'm sorry. Hereditary monarchy is as silly to me as religion
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?

It allows people to support the country as a whole while still being critical of the policies of the elected government.  Not that people can't do that anyway, but it makes it rhetorically easier to dodge the accusations of "OMGTHETREASONS!" when they say strenuously disapprove of the policies of elected officials.

/Hail the King
//Damn the man
///Hail to the King, baby


The trait "Hereditary Monarchy" gives the British +5 morale and +.25% crit chance during times of war.  That's a real purpose.

When player Winston Churchill activated "For King and Country", you cannot deny it was super effective.
 
2013-05-22 08:55:05 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

You know, you're right. She should just get off the national teat. Yep, she should take back all that property and its revenue she gives to the Nation from her inherited holdings, and give the English back their civil list. I'm sure that would work out well, financially.

So you're supporting the concept we fought a war to dump?

/no, I'm sorry. Hereditary monarchy is as silly to me as religion
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?


We fought the idea of a government we had no say in, we didn't fight the idea of a monarch with no power whatsoever. The colonists would probably have been happy if they just gave us a few seats in Parliament, and things would have ended right there.

And there are very good reason to separate the roles of Head of State and Head of Government- besides both roles being full time jobs, it separates politics and patriotism remarkably well- when they get conflated, as they often do here, calling the President a bad name can get you branded an unpatriotic traitor. When you call the British PM a traitorous twit, it's politics as usual. You also avoid the political protests that can accompany a foreign trip. Again, think of Bush. Goodwill trips to foreign Countries resulted in massive protests following him everywhere- that happens much less when it's a non-political Head of State doing that kind of trip, and a partisan Head of Government drawing the flack. It doesn't have to be a hereditary monarch (BTW Canada, whatever happened to that Shatner as Gov. General idea?), but if you have a hereditary monarchy in place, why not continue your history and traditions?

But no, all those countries with separate Head of State roles- Governors General, Presidents (many countries have a political PM and a ceremonial Presidency), Constitutional Monarchs...

Seriously, there's real value to the arrangement. Besides the fact that if you ended the monarchy, Elizabeth Windsor would take all of her land, right now producing substantial revenues for the British Government, and retire to enjoying all of those revenues and being one of the richest people on the planet earth.
 
2013-05-22 09:00:18 AM  
To be honest, I'd rather be visited by Helen Mirren playing the Queen rather than the Queen herself.
 
j4x [TotalFark]
2013-05-22 09:06:43 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?

Because I think "Her Majesty" could have been a bit more human under the circumstances. Where I live is totally irrelevant, as is your "self-apointed advocate" comment

/It's my personal opinion, and I shall express it as I will


How many fedoras do you own?
 
2013-05-22 09:28:31 AM  

kbronsito: neither is the boy's... maybe she could empathize. or she could have invited the boy to buckingham and had one of her other useless relatives fill in for tea with him.


Too bad her dream wasn't to meet a dying young boy with Down's Syndrome and they could have killed two birds with one stone.
 
2013-05-22 09:36:28 AM  
What 10 year old has a dream of meeting the Queen? Not Batman, not Scarlett Johansson but the farking Queen?
 
2013-05-22 09:59:08 AM  
A 10-year-old with cancer and Downs. Draw your own conclusions.
 
2013-05-22 10:02:43 AM  

Valiente: A 10-year-old with cancer and Downs. Draw your own conclusions.


God reeeeeally hates that kid?
 
2013-05-22 10:10:51 AM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


I tend to disagree. This is a kid who has apparently suffered a great deal in his short life and who will in all likelihood be dead soon. Letting the kid keep that moment for his few remaining days seems a lot kinder to me than letting him know that he really met Helen Mirren instead of the Queen and wasn't really knighted. What would be the point of telling him the truth? Letting him know that life can be cruel? He's got Down Syndrome and several flavors of cancer - developmentally disabled or not, he's probably learned that lesson. Honesty is all well and good, but despite the saying, it's not always the best policy.
 
2013-05-22 10:15:10 AM  

mekki: You do realize who you are talking to? An American. You know, people who belong to a nation which was created because the King was being neither honorable or loyal to his own subjects from across the pond.


Well to be fair the king had very little to do with it.  But it is much harder to build momentum to make a new democratic body when your enemy is a somewhat less representative democratic body.  easier to just rail against "tyrants."
 
2013-05-22 10:22:03 AM  

Mugato: What 10 year old has a dream of meeting the Queen? Not Batman, not Scarlett Johansson but the farking Queen?


A fabulous 10 year old?
 
2013-05-22 10:23:49 AM  

Mugato: What 10 year old has a dream of meeting the Queen? Not Batman, not Scarlett Johansson but the farking Queen?


An English one?
 
2013-05-22 10:37:13 AM  

fusillade762: Neeek: fusillade762: Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]

What are those from?

SNL.

Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom


That gave me such a wonderful boner
 
2013-05-22 10:43:43 AM  

mekki: ng2810: At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

You do realize who you are talking to? An American. You know, people who belong to a nation which was created because the King was being neither honorable or loyal to his own subjects from across the pond.


Oh come on. George III had completely lost the plot by that point.

The Parliament was being neither honorable nor loyal to the British subjects in the colonies.
 
2013-05-22 11:06:50 AM  
The Queen doesn't have time - even it would have been a nice gesture but yikes! She does it once there will be a line around the block.

And good on Dame Mirren for stepping up.

Besides you think Obama would take time away from his golf games or shooting hoops?
Nah me neither.
 
2013-05-22 11:22:59 AM  

Krusty's Wench: MmmmBacon: Helen Mirren is about as awesome as it gets. Especially the verbal beatdown she gave the drummers outside the theater, detailed in another, related story on that page.

A true Lady of class.  Wish we had more of them.


Her majesty's a pretty nice girl
but she doesn't have a lot to say.
Her majesty's a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day.

I wanna tell her that I love her a lot,
but I gotta get a belly full of wine.
Her majesty's a pretty nice girl,
someday I'm gonna make her mine.
Oh yeah, someday I'm gonna make her mine.
 
2013-05-22 11:26:41 AM  

douchebag/hater: The Queen doesn't have time - even it would have been a nice gesture but yikes! She does it once there will be a line around the block.

And good on Dame Mirren for stepping up.

Besides you think Obama would take time away from his golf games or shooting hoops?
Nah me neither.


Pretty much every single celebrity and athlete that gets hit up for these make-a-wish deals is busy.... many of them doing things that require more effort than being a glorified rubber-stamping figurehead. It's not like athletes have practices and endorsement commitments they have to attend. I'm sure Helen Mirren has sh*t she has to do also. And every single one that agrees to one of these wish deals risks having a line around the corner with more kids asking to meet them.
 
2013-05-22 11:37:03 AM  

ng2810: At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.


You must be visualizing the Hollywood version of a royal families.  The true history of pretty much all monarch is one of cousin farking, back stabbing, theocratic oppression, screwing over the serfs and proving they have a bigger dick by sending some 'loyal' subjects to die in the farking dirt.
 
2013-05-22 11:43:28 AM  

The Muthaship: Mugato: Hehe. You people still have a Queen.

/tourists come to see the buildings and shiat, not the actual monarchs

Word.

Remember the so called "Royal Wedding" a couple years ago.  Nobody gave a sh*t about that, at least here in the States.


It was fun until the Princess was kidnapped...

upload.wikimedia.org

/Not tradition...
//At all...
 
2013-05-22 11:44:10 AM  
 
2013-05-22 11:52:00 AM  

what_now: mekki: ng2810: At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

You do realize who you are talking to? An American. You know, people who belong to a nation which was created because the King was being neither honorable or loyal to his own subjects from across the pond.

Oh come on. George III had completely lost the plot by that point.

The Parliament was being neither honorable nor loyal to the British subjects in the colonies.


Well, they did have the gall to think maybe we should pay for the part of the Seven Years War fought in our sphere.  We happily settled the new lands and kicked out the Indians against the British promises but they were the ones acting without honor.
 
2013-05-22 11:53:35 AM  

wingnut396: ng2810: At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

You must be visualizing the Hollywood version of a royal families.  The true history of pretty much all monarch is one of cousin farking, back stabbing, theocratic oppression, screwing over the serfs and proving they have a bigger dick by sending some 'loyal' subjects to die in the farking dirt.


Except the East Roman Empire, they were more into screwing each other over for the purple slippers then screwing the serfs.  The least safe place was the Imperial Palace.
 
2013-05-22 11:57:15 AM  
DarkLancelot:

Well, they did have the gall to think maybe we should pay for the part of the Seven Years War fought in our sphere.  We happily settled the new lands and kicked out the Indians against the British promises but they were the ones acting without honor.

We also negotiated the peace treaty w/o inviting our French allies, who would have wanted to get the own concessions during those negotiations (thanks for the help France, we got ours... so fark you!). Face it people... the founding fathers were dicks.
 
2013-05-22 12:01:23 PM  

Nurglitch: To be honest, I'd rather be visited by Helen Mirren playing the Queen rather than the Queen herself.


So.  Much.  THIS!

(Thanks again for the TF, MaudlinMutantMollusk.)
 
2013-05-22 12:05:38 PM  

Rann Xerox: Nurglitch: To be honest, I'd rather be visited by Helen Mirren playing the Queen rather than the Queen herself.

So.  Much.  THIS!

(Thanks again for the TF, MaudlinMutantMollusk.)


I will second that THIS.

/like discovering it's not Santa, but actually Robert Downey Jr
 
2013-05-22 12:50:22 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


Oh come on, like there's any other reason to give a shiat about visiting your country for tourism.
 
2013-05-22 01:25:58 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.


1) Wouldn't the state get even MORE revenue from the queen's holdings if the state, y'know, actually OWNED them?
2) Exactly how much does the Queen bring in?  I'd just like to know what the going rate is for an English subject's dignity.
 
2013-05-22 01:38:34 PM  
wildsnowllama:

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

Respectable families? The Nazi sympathizers?


Nah, he's probably talking about that guy who killed half of his wives because he couldn't get them pregnant, and then stole a bunch of stuff from the church.  Or maybe he's talking about the guy who killed his young nephews so he could sit on the fancy chair.  One of those, probably.
 
2013-05-22 02:15:25 PM  
Don't know about you, but I'd hit that so hard, I'd break my hip
 
2013-05-22 03:55:01 PM  

RussianPooper: HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?

He better really die at this point, or he's going to feel like real asshole later on.

Brought to you by the "Make a Wish/Receive a Lie Foundation"


He's on round 3 of fighting cancer, not to mention that Downs kids are very sweet and trusting. I'm pretty sure it's OK to let him be Sir Oliver while he can.
 
2013-05-22 04:34:42 PM  
She is a class act.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:01 PM  

walrusonion: [static.tvtropes.org image 247x300]
"It jus' gah Dusphy in here, Tony Schivonne!"


Dude! {or Dudette!} WTF is that?!? No, wait, I do not want to know...

Eyebleach WHAR????

From what all I've seen, heard and read about Helen Mirren she seems to be quite the class act so good on her for stepping up when it came down to the wire. Also, this child is not long for this world, why would anyone be upset at his family or Helen Mirren for granting his wish as close as they could come? I honestly doubt the little boy really knew the difference and if he did he didn't seem to mind.

Everybody just STFU and let this child have what time he has left being Sir Oliver and remembering his lovely tea with a gracious Queen!

Why do some people just have to shiat all over things whenever someone does something nice?
 
2013-05-22 04:46:24 PM  

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


No different from parents tricking their kids into wasting their time praying to some imaginary god and believing that after they die, they'll spend eternity in a place called heaven.
 
2013-05-22 04:58:16 PM  

lamecomedian: Exactly how much does the Queen bring in?  I'd just like to know what the going rate is for an English subject's dignity.


just let them live out their dungeons and dragons/renaissance fair fantasy in peace

...and youtube doug stanhope on royalty
 
2013-05-22 05:28:08 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


0/10.  Stupid, even by the low standards used to gauge your normal asshattery.
 
2013-05-22 06:57:48 PM  
Nicely done Queen Mirren....
 
2013-05-22 06:58:40 PM  
The kids mother wasn't bad though.
 
2013-05-22 07:36:42 PM  

bborchar: Seriously?  No one in the royal family could have helped this boy with his wish?  That's BS.


If she gave in to this request she would do nothing but visit with dieing people all day every day. You know this isn't the only person who would request such a thing.
 
2013-05-22 07:52:18 PM  
My wife did make up for an 80's pop star recently. This woman has done a lot of charity work for HIV and gay rights groups. While my wife had her in the chair another customer recognized the singer and came over to thank her for a concert she had given for some hospice patients. The woman told her that it made her brother so happy to see her perform and meet her when he was dying and it meant so much to their family that this singer gave so much. The woman cried as she thanked the singer for her work.  After the woman walked away the pop singer started crying and explained to my wife how she really is glad that she's in a position to help but that it was really hard to deal with the emotional side of it. What is a once in a life time experience for a fan is a daily occurrence for her. I don't want to say who she is but it really made me appreciate what some folks go through and I found her honesty refreshing.
Long story short- the queen may be a total twat for any number of reasons but I'll give her the benefit of a doubt here.
 
2013-05-22 07:58:37 PM  
On the one hand you have the Queen, on the other Helen Mirren.....Queen....Helen Mirren. Doesn't anyone here realize that the kid got better then he asked for?
 
2013-05-22 08:58:32 PM  

redsquid: My wife did make up for an 80's pop star recently. This woman has done a lot of charity work for HIV and gay rights groups. While my wife had her in the chair another customer recognized the singer and came over to thank her for a concert she had given for some hospice patients. The woman told her that it made her brother so happy to see her perform and meet her when he was dying and it meant so much to their family that this singer gave so much. The woman cried as she thanked the singer for her work.  After the woman walked away the pop singer started crying and explained to my wife how she really is glad that she's in a position to help but that it was really hard to deal with the emotional side of it. What is a once in a life time experience for a fan is a daily occurrence for her. I don't want to say who she is but it really made me appreciate what some folks go through and I found her honesty refreshing.
Long story short- the queen may be a total twat for any number of reasons but I'll give her the benefit of a doubt here.


That's a genuine CSB. You really should name that pop star, especially since a lot of them get a lot of flack for NOT caring about their fans.
 
2013-05-22 09:20:14 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Benevolent Misanthrope: The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?

This is farking retarded.  Congratulations.


Seconded.  What a farking twat.
 
2013-05-22 09:56:12 PM  

Rann Xerox: Nurglitch: To be honest, I'd rather be visited by Helen Mirren playing the Queen rather than the Queen herself.

So.  Much.  THIS!

(Thanks again for the TF, MaudlinMutantMollusk.)


Sweat and dead men's balls!
/never forget
 
2013-05-22 10:39:08 PM  

WordyGrrl: redsquid: My wife did make up for an 80's pop star recently. This woman has done a lot of charity work for HIV and gay rights groups. While my wife had her in the chair another customer recognized the singer and came over to thank her for a concert she had given for some hospice patients. The woman told her that it made her brother so happy to see her perform and meet her when he was dying and it meant so much to their family that this singer gave so much. The woman cried as she thanked the singer for her work.  After the woman walked away the pop singer started crying and explained to my wife how she really is glad that she's in a position to help but that it was really hard to deal with the emotional side of it. What is a once in a life time experience for a fan is a daily occurrence for her. I don't want to say who she is but it really made me appreciate what some folks go through and I found her honesty refreshing.
Long story short- the queen may be a total twat for any number of reasons but I'll give her the benefit of a doubt here.

That's a genuine CSB. You really should name that pop star, especially since a lot of them get a lot of flack for NOT caring about their fans.


My guess - Cindy Lauper.
 
2013-05-22 11:25:51 PM  
Helen Mirren is great.
 
2013-05-22 11:38:06 PM  

Atomic Spunk: WordyGrrl: redsquid: My wife did make up for an 80's pop star recently. This woman has done a lot of charity work for HIV and gay rights groups. While my wife had her in the chair another customer recognized the singer and came over to thank her for a concert she had given for some hospice patients. The woman told her that it made her brother so happy to see her perform and meet her when he was dying and it meant so much to their family that this singer gave so much. The woman cried as she thanked the singer for her work.  After the woman walked away the pop singer started crying and explained to my wife how she really is glad that she's in a position to help but that it was really hard to deal with the emotional side of it. What is a once in a life time experience for a fan is a daily occurrence for her. I don't want to say who she is but it really made me appreciate what some folks go through and I found her honesty refreshing.
Long story short- the queen may be a total twat for any number of reasons but I'll give her the benefit of a doubt here.

That's a genuine CSB. You really should name that pop star, especially since a lot of them get a lot of flack for NOT caring about their fans.

My guess - Cindy Lauper.


My guess as well. Lauper is a hell of a lady.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:00 AM  
On the other hand, some people would consider a private performance given in one's room by Helen Mirren  an honor greater than kissing the hand of the Queen. Those people are probably not starstruck ten-year-olds, though.
 
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