Ramona's Bird Cage: News from the Twitterverse - Twitter Dissects The Fairy Tale

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Ramona's Bird Cage: News from the Twitterverse - Twitter Dissects The Fairy Tale
By Ramona Grigg • Issue #9 • View online
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Photo Credit: CBS News
Photo Credit: CBS News
So the other day Oprah Winfrey interviewed the now-deposed Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle Sussex, and the Twitterverse went MAD over it! It was their first interview after the couple left the Monarchy and, as you might have guessed, Oprah had questions.
Now, we at Twitter are known for taking sides, and we didn’t disappoint. (My own personal take, for what it’s worth: I’m wishing those kids the best. They seem like good people and they’ve been through enough with the stuffy, very weird Windsors. But now it’s time to take a break from the spotlight and turn down all remaining interviews. They say they’ll be working for the good of the people; let the people be their focus.)
It didn’t surprise me that most of the Brits were outraged over the audacity of these two to even HINT that the Queen’s family might be at fault…
LBC
Piers Morgan said today the damage Meghan has done to the monarchy and the Queen is “frankly contemptible,” describing the Oprah interview as a “diatribe of bilge” https://t.co/N5N4tW2Mrl
But Brit John Oliver–that maverick!– said he saw this coming and warned Meghan not to get involved with that bunch…
David Rothkopf
John Oliver's prescient comments on Meghan go viral after Oprah interview https://t.co/q6exsJv2zh
…while we Americans, who have no stake in this game except we’ve all watched “The Crown”, had plenty to say about it, too. (No, I’m not going to repeat what the odious Tucker Carlson had to say about Meghan Markle. If you’re using your imagination, your imagination is spot on.)
Well, this came up:
snopes.com
❌ No, Oprah wasn't wearing an ankle monitor during the Meghan and Harry Interview. https://t.co/CA7ZgtzPSe https://t.co/7tyD0LtDGm
And the celebrity just kept on happening. (Note: I’m fine with it):
HuffPost Politics
The “Black is King” singer thanked the Duchess of Sussex for her courage following her and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. https://t.co/94G2FkrQSr
But the darker side of the interview came when the talk turned to racism and mental health issues. The amount of negative comments on both of those things was sickening, but, while Twitter is a forum for the silly, the sublime, and the serious, in this case, the serious won out.
The most unexpected part of the conversation–for me, at least–was when it moved to the damage racism does to mental health. Meghan Markle talked candidly about the toll the negative attention took on her during her pregnancy and after Archie was born. Women are at their most vulnerable during those times and she was no different. The difference is that the incessant vile hatred for her played out in the public media, and there was no escaping it. According to Markle, she begged for but received no help in dealing with it.
After the interview was aired here in the US, it became another teaching moment for those who were ready to pay attention.
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Connie Schultz, who lost her own brother to suicide, weighed in, and scores of thoughtful comments followed:
Connie Schultz
Woke up this morning imagining unknown others finally saying to a friend or loved one, “I, too, think of suicide.” For that alone, I am grateful for Meghan Markle. Her courage will save lives.
Then the experts began to chime in:
CNN
In sharing that she'd had suicidal thoughts, Meghan opened the floor for others to discuss such feelings with people they trust or pursue treatment, one expert says.

To get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 https://t.co/K4YYZKDsVc
There were tons of negative comments. TONS. But you won’t see them here or on my Twitter feed. I look to Twitter for answers to real problems, and suicide and mental health issues are real problems, not to be denied.
I wasn’t going to watch Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan. I didn’t think it would interest me at all. In fact, I missed the first 20 minutes. Then, of course, I was on Twitter, whose denizens DID watch it, and they convinced me it was worth watching.
It was.
Sarah E. Minnis, PhD 🚣🏻
Tonight, Meghan and Harry talked about the importance of mental health. In talking about their struggles and crises, they have given us all license to share. If, like me, you have or are contemplating suicide, please reach out. You are not alone. #YouMatter https://t.co/tJdJhLZMaU
Harry and Meghan’s story isn’t meant to take up all the oxygen. There are tragic stories about real people enough to sink 10 battleships. We’re living in the hardest of times and there is no lack of human interest stories to care about. This is just one of them. It gets play because all three of the players are known to us, if only as celebrity entities on the world stage.
For everyone who says, “Who gives a shit?”, let me reassure you: Participation is not mandatory. That’s the beauty of Twitter. You’re free to move around. We’ll be on to something else any minute now.
So until next time… If you have comments about anything I write here, I’m up for it, but remember, we’re all grown-ups here. I shouldn’t have to explain to you what that means.
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Ramona Grigg

Writer of things, mainly essays. Contributor at Medium, Crooks & Liars, Huffington Post, Substack, others. I spend an unusual amount of time on Twitter, so thought I'd share some of what I find. Leaning Liberal/Democratic. Hater of most memes and GIFs. Love Twitter, warts and all. (Click on 'Issues' tab below to enter.)

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