So, the Fresh Prince of Bad Hair is at it again. Harry, third in line to throne of my country, and maybe yours, and also yours, but not yours, is in the spotlight after telling a standup comedian “You don’t sound like a black chap.”
It apparently happened last year at Prince Charles’s 60th birthday party, where comic Stephen K. Amos performed. Amos, who is of African descent, said little about it at the time, but mentioned it yesterday on a talk show. “I wanted to say, ‘How’s I supposed to sound?’” Amos said.
This is twice in the past few weeks for the prince, who called a fellow soldier a “Paki” a while back. Now, in an attempt to evade attention and get someplace safer, Prince Harry has requested an immediate transfer to the front lines in Afghanistan, or maybe back to that cowboy bar in Calgary.
If you’re wondering what the fuss is about, let me explain it to you: assuming that someone is going to sound a certain way because of their skin colour is moronic. Pointing it out is a racist insult.
Now, Amos makes light of this in his routine. In fact, here he is discussing it at that very same event, Prince Charles’ birthday party:
The thing is, he’s allowed to. The prince isn’t. Not just because he’s a rich white kid. But because of his station in life. Royalty doesn’t mean much anymore; our kings and queens are ceremonial personages, not actual rulers. But that means the royals have to set an even more regal example. This isn’t it.