Tucker Carlson did not want to talk about the Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He said that as Americans, we barely care about royals at all, we don't get it, we find the whole concept absurd. Carlson noted with some pride that he couldn't distinguish between a duchess and a princess.
The reason he felt compelled to address the interview, however, was because of the phenomenon in contemporary culture to reframe the rich, powerful, and privileged as oppressed victims deserving of public sympathy and pity. Carlson finds this to be absolutely absurd.
He pointed out that the former royals interview with Oprah was all over the news, and that the other channels were going "wall to wall with it, they're natural fan girls with no self-respect so they love the royals."
"But we're Americans," Carlson said, "and the idea of bringing you the details of a dispute within a decayed monarchy is a little too much like European history class, who cares?"
"It's not like prince whatever-his-name-is and his angry wife from Los Angeles are compelling, you know exactly who they are: he's weak and unhappy, she's a manipulative opportunist. So who do you root for?" He asked. "How about nobody."
Carlson said he and his team were planning to take a "hard pass on the whole thing," but that after seeing and hearing Meghan Markle's petty complaints, they felt they had to address it.
"What she's really saying," Carlson pointed out, "is that despite her enormous wealth and fame... despite the fact that she's literally a princess, sorry a duchess, she's actually an oppressed victim. She may look powerful, but she's powerless," he said.
This was the problem Carlson had with the interview, and the problem he has with many other powerful people who reframe their own lives and experiences so that they look oppressed and victimized. It seems absurd to Carlson that those who have so much should ask for so much more.
In addition to the royals, he noted that Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton had all played on the status as victim, though each of them is remarkably powerful, incredibly wealthy.
Instead of complaining about how oppressed they are, Carlson said, they should be looking to give back to those who have less than they do, and who are actually oppressed, not using their extensive platforms to tout their own status as being marginalized, since that's the one thing they definitely are not.