Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells
April 29th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells

Exchange of the Day:
"The only normal looking person in this whole drama is the bride; the rest of them look like Martians or characters from a science fiction movie."–poulose

"You have to think of it like 'Star Wars' without the light sabers."–politauk

William and Catherine marry in royal wedding at Westminster Abbey

Two events shared center stage today: Prince William and Catherine’s wedding in London and the aftermath of a string of tornadoes that killed nearly 300 across the American Southeast. Some CNN.com readers argued over whether the coverage was balanced or appropriate, while others shared their feelings and experiences about the separate events.

alexjones999 said, “How wonderful. All of the problems in the world but the world is focused on this trivial nonsense.” bilbo0s said, “300 fellow Americans dead in Alabama. Countless lives of fellow Americans blown away in Alabama. What makes the front page? Will and Kate are getting married!!! That explains a lot about America.”

LaserMan72 said, “Which should have more priority? Over 300 people died in Storm (In USA) or Royal Wedding (Not even in USA). Give me a break.”

But mr60233 argued that “this is an international event. Look at a map. Do you see those other pieces of land? They are called countries, and believe it or not, people that are not American live in them. I am sorry 300 people died. However, tornadoes happen all the time in the USA, and people die every day. This kind of event (the wedding) happens once every 30 years or so.”

barbie1311 said, "There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a few moments out of one's life to get lost in a fairy tale. It does not take away anything from the tragedies of the world. It's all about balance."

chitown27 said, "I'm in London right now, went to Westminster this morning and it was unbelievable. Most Americans have no sense of history whatsoever, which is why the trolls keep complaining on here. It was awesome watching the procession, the history and the pomp."

Savannah416 said, "With roots in India, I am the last one to argue against comments against British colonization; however, given the state of the world today, I'm also able to set aside negative thoughts for a morning and relish the beauty of a wedding of two people who have been in love for quite awhile."

GuestColin said, “What a bunch of cranky people the lot of you are! I've bought a ring, planned it out and will be getting engaged this summer after a 3-year courtship. Best to Wills and Kate. The rest of you need to go take a nap!”

TreeTop said, “Beautiful dress. Happy couple. Awesome news!” Mjollnir said, “This seems as good a reason as any to have some gourmet food and a toast tonight. We need more reasons to celebrate. There are still good things in this world.” Ealdwulf said, “They do certainly seem to be in love.”

Shaken, dazed residents recount tornado horrors

One UK resident, checking news on both sides of the pond, wondered why there were concrete bomb shelters in British gardens but no concrete tornado shelters in the South. Other CNN.com readers shared what it was like during and after the storm.

scrubbed said, “Hell came to visit us here in Alabama on Wednesday. It was absolutely terrifying, especially once the power went out and even cell phones didn't work. All you could do was listen for the tornado sirens and pray you wouldn't be killed. We still have a house. Thousands don't. We've lost our food in the freezer, but so many lost their lives. Those of us who survived will be here for the families of those who didn't. I want my kids to understand that they have survived a very dark day in history. ln2dablue replied, “I feel for ya bro. I'm glad you made it.” crackiswhack said, “God bless and hang tight.”

BlogBlogger said, “I went out into my front lawn and removed tar paper and roofing shingles from the massive Tuscaloosa, AL, tornado and others. I live hundreds of miles away from the event. Amazing just how powerful a suction it had to put the debris into the jet stream.”

pccoder said, “Unfortunately the death toll is only going to rise. My brother-in-law is a police officer in Tuscaloosa. He saw six dead on one street late Wednesday. Once all the rubble is cleaned and the final tally is done, we're going to find that many more died than have been stated so far.”

gdcox said, “I am mystified. Over here in the U.K , where I am checking in to understand the scale of this disaster (despite the wedding), we built concrete shelters in our garden when Hitler's bombs became a threat. So how come houses are built in your area with no cellars or buried shelter when you know your lives will be occasionally threatened by a tornado? It seems all in Birmingham knew this monster was coming, but in the many stories, no one talks of running for the shelter/cellar. “

ArmanX, from Kansas, wondered the same thing. “I used to live in Kansas, and everyone had a storm cellar (or basement). Even after we filled ours in (it was falling apart), we would still go down the street to the neighbors who had a basement.”

pkt1153 replied, “The water table for many places in the south US is too high for underground basements or cellars: they would flood. An aboveground cellar made of steel or concrete is cost prohibitive for most when you consider the chances of being hit by a tornado are about 1 in 2 million (about 7 times less than being struck by lightning).

NateDawgUM agreed, “Additionally, the South is very wet and humid, so mold becomes a huge problem in basements. If you don't have a basement and you know a monster storm is on the way, it never hurts to hit up the local mall or Wal-Mart.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Joey

    As sad as the deaths from the storms were, and as much as I grieved about the tornadoes' striking the area where I lived as a child, the truth is that the wedding of an heir to the throne of Great Britain really is more important news than the deaths caused by the tornado.
    Those who assert that the wedding of Prince William is of no importance don't like people like Prince William and are threatened if he gets any attention at all.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Yes, who cares about the deaths of hundreds of unimportant peasants when a royal has a wedding and there are so many important hats being worn by important people!

      April 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tack

      It is so nice that a people can be treated like gods just because they are born into a family... The wedding was only for royal and blue bloods. Wouldn't let that black guy there because he is not royality who is a billion times more valuable to this world than a bunch of stuck ups.
      The only thing about that wedding that meant anything was that it was PRINCESS DI"s kids. She was a REAL queen that did something for people throughout the world.
      Joey, grow up! The tragedy in the south is much more dear to this country or did you forget this country was founded by people trying to get away from that royal B.S.
      They ain't my king or queen and as far as I care, they are worthless and as a matter of fact, what do they do except sit around and draw money from the poor people of England?

      April 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ Shaw

      Wow, Tack. Could you possibly be more inaccurate? "The wedding was only for royal and blue bloods." Didn't bother to note MOST of the guests, did you? "Wouldn't let that black guy there because he is not royality". Didn't notice the black guests, dignitaries, and choir boy, either, did you? "The only thing about that wedding that meant anything was that it was PRINCESS DI"s kids." Actually, it was ONE of her kid's wedding, and it was remarkable because he married a commoner: not a blue blue. "She was a REAL queen." Um, Tack, Dianna was never Queen, and never would be Queen, as neither will Kate. To be a monarch, you have to be of the blood line – hence why Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, though married to Queen Elizabeth, is NOT referred to as King Phillip. Also, Tack, check up on what the Royals do full time, especially William and Harry. They do virtually NOTHING but charity work, bringing in bushel loads of money that might not otherwise reach said charities. They use their positions to help others in tremendous ways. What have you volunteered to do lately? "The tragedy in the south is much more dear to this country or did you forget this country was founded by people trying to get away from that royal B.S." Actually, this country was founded by people who were seeking religious freedom more so than political freedom. As for the south, my heart goes out to all those affected by those storms, but this doesn't mean that I cannot appreciate and respect a HAPPY event that is in fact truly historic... "They ain't my king or queen and as far as I care, they are worthless and as a matter of fact, what do they do except sit around and draw money from the poor people of England?" Tack, seriously, have you any knowledge whatsoever concerning the British monarch? Approximately ONE English POUND per person, per year, goes to supporting the monarchy. That equates to approximately $1.60 U.S. money. You really think that is a lot? Consider then how just by being there the British monarchy generates millions upon millions of dollars/pounds worth of tourist revenue EVERY year, as people from across the globe flock to Britain just to catch a glimpse of the Royalty. Also, there is a very extensive employment industry dedicated solely to the upkeep of the Royals and their properties. By being there, the Royals generate many many jobs that would otherwise not exist. Honestly, Tack, if you're going to be so bitter about people who have wealth and power, go after some of our American filthy rich. If the Royals have nothing to do with you, then don't pay any attention. The jealous under currents of your rant are palpable. Those born into royalty have even less choice in their lives than you in your not-rich-enough life... Stop hating, and do something with yourself to make your position better...

      April 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      what world do you live in????

      April 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tack

      Mr shaw... please get some reading comprehension. THAT black guy I was referrering to, was my President.. If you don't think they were blue bloods, you are very niave. I assumed you might note that I am not as ignorant as you think. Princess Di is the only reason that wedding was worthwhile.- her Willie and Harry were there. You need to take up some mathmatices as to where the wealth is in England.

      "The jealous under currents of your rant are palpable" Excuse me, jealous of what? Dude you live in a candy appled world and to come on here like you have your act together is really beneath you, I would hope.

      My rants, as you so call, are MY OPINIONS and this country gives me the right to do so.

      Religious or political, they were people that were fed up with England, who were ruled by the royal family.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Tack you are the biggest idiot on here so shut up ..."They ain't my king or queen and as far as I care, they are worthless and as a matter of fact, what do they do except sit around and draw money from the poor people of England?" Last I checked the British economy and currency were better than ours. It is too bad you don't have a better education and command of the English language. I would replace "ain't" with "are not". Also Presidents (of any nation) are typically not invited to Royal weddings as a matter of protocal unless those being married have an established relationship/friendship with one.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachael

      What is wrong with hearing some good news or a positive story? Every day you turn on the news there is always something bad happening in the world. I think it is ok to enjoy something else everyone once in awhile. It does not mean the world has forgotten all the sadness and devastation that is occuring in the world.

      April 30, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury


      April 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      How is it that some stupid museum function is more important than people losing their lives? That's all that crap is- a show put on by the local museum. Those people aren't important, they're show pieces. They don't do anything worth a damn. They're just there for looks. Only shallow idiots give this crap more credence than people losing their lives.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • laurie

      The wedding was about hope and moving forward.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Aceblazin

      Joey go shoot yourself

      April 30, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Joey – you are a Grade-A, bona fide a** hole. I'm sure the folks who lost loved ones in the tornados would love to hear your theories as to why they're unimportant and much less of a 'person' than a member of the royal family in Great Britain. Oh...and that to think otherwise makes them 'jealous' of Prince William. You are truly a moron.

      April 30, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcy

      @MShaw: Save your breath – the individuals who comment in the negative are usually the ones who have absolutely no clue as to what is going on the U.S. let alone other countries. I don't really care who does or who doesn't support the Queen....the fact is the English monarchy has been around literally hundreds of years and if the English don't mind why should an American! It's people like this individual who go to other countries that give us Americans a bad name....they contend that if it isn't the way the Yanks do it it must be no good. Fortunately, most Americans do not think like this NOOB....I watched the wedding (yes woke up at 4AM) and enjoyed it immensely....the saddest part was knowing Diana could not be here to see her eldest son marry......I'm sure she would have loved Kate.....long live the English.....long live the Queen!

      April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Damien, I easily was able to find several stations that were covering the tornados during the wedding. I, along with any other American were perfectly able to follow both news stories.

      As for the wedding, I found it to be a spark of light penetrating the dark gloom of today's reality. For just a day, we were removed from the bleakness of our times and presented with a single uplifting and breathtaking event that seemed to visibly renew the spirit of the UK populous, and possibly even the US's. I for one know that I'll have a smile on my face for days following this inspiring event.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      You are a very sick individual to think that the royal wedding was more important that these poor people that died

      April 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AC Summers

      It was a MEMORABLE DAY for everyone...
      A young couple starting life together as one.
      And towns and lives claims by horrfic storms..
      I for one was happy for a couple and heart broken for communities...

      April 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eliana

    The comments like the following (and others that echo the sentiment) kind of make me think that there's too many miserable people in this world: "All of the problems in the world but the world is focused on this trivial nonsense." The fact is, this IS a newsworthy event. It's nice for a change to focus on something positive, international and entertaining.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Victoria Beckham's hat got more air time this morning than hundreds of Americans' deaths. The storm news was utterly absent while the news girls went on and on about hats and fashion. That is where it became beyond inappropriate.

      April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      i wonder if you will be saying that when billy boy starts screwing every skirt in sight.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    What both William and Catherine need to do now is to own up to their moral obligations and start clamoring for Great Britain to get out of NATO. It's a very good idea whose time has come!!!

    April 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Great idea,Cesar. Out of curiosity,I wonder just what would happen if Great Britain was to pull out of NATO,which of course,I prefer to call the unholy alliance because of the very unholy policies it follows. But nobody here will have the sense to think of it,unfortunately.

      April 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      Now if they started making political suggestions like that, they would be brought to heel like a very small dog on a very big choke lead.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      A nice idea, but not one that can be done. British law precludes the royal family from making any declarations of state without the parliment's agreement. It's why nobody blames the Queen for the Iraq war. I do wish the both of them the best.

      April 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pat in IL

    Oddly, there seem to be a lot of people who think that only bad news is real news. What a sad and narrow view of the world, its people and historical events.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      I agree. And the world needs more happy news stories EVERY day, IMO. It's important to hear of the tragedies but equally as important to hear positive stories.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    The tornadoes have been covered extensively.
    I was devastated by news of the deaths.
    What many persons want, however, is NO coverage of the wedding of a couple probably responsible for the continuation of the British monarchy.
    Britain is more important than the pathetic deaths of several hundred humans.
    I've been sad long enough.
    The earth continues to rotate.
    "The sun'll come up tomorrow!"
    And you know what? Not one of us posting here will be the King or Queen of England tomorrow, no matter how much we may resent The Sovereign, Charles, and William.
    That's life.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Joey, do everyone a favor and dont post dumb commants like that anymore.

      April 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      ok, see that would be correct if the king and queen were actually politicians. on the world stage, who gives a dime about the british monarchy. they're a cultural heritage, not actual power. you do get it right? it's not a page out of the fairytale book where the kind and queen rule over the people? the only people they rule over is their family and the people that marry into the fam.

      April 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mac

      Another Puritan American who still thinks the world is flat. You need to travel and see the world to get out of your self absorbed vicious circle.

      April 30, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SB

      Pathetic deaths? Pathetic deaths? Britain is more important? Are you freaking kidding??? You speak as if those 300 + people that lost their lives were completely worthless. What about the families? They will have to rebuild their lives after so much tragedy. Damn Joey, what if some of those people were your loved ones? Would a Royal Wedding still be more important if your Mother, Father, or kids... were torn to pieces buried underneath piles of rubble??? Think about it. Just think about it!!!

      April 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Prince William is the image...tornado the reality. "Yay! I'm going to the royal wedding! Yay! Then I'm gonna visit the birthplace of our President! Yay! Where is Libya? How many people live in Iraq? What is the Federal Reserve and why hasn't it ever been audited? I'm going to Hawaii....Yayyyyyy!"–typical ignoramus

    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      Who is that in the mirror? Is it me? What's my name? Wibble.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Phillip, I hope you are not an American. You write like you dropped out of school at a young age. Either that or you are very young – in fact, too young to be posting on an adult's page.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    And I didn't know royal men were so vain. (the prince will not be wearing a wedding ring...tan line)

    April 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      Most men in the UK do not wear a wedding ring. Perhaps in the US the ring industry advertised men into thinking it was compulsory.

      April 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      I don't wear a wedding ring either. It makes me no less married than those who do. Rings are symbolism. I don't need a symbol to remind me of my marital status.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    We don't resent the royal family. How much resentment ribbon-cutter? he he...side note: George Bush (take your pick) is a blood relative of Queen Elizabeth! No big deal? He's also a blood relative of Colin Powell! Them royals have been inbreeding for centuries. It's all on http://www.ancestry.com if yer interested in learning how Powell's grandma got rayped when she was a kid in Haiti or why it is that Prince Charles' eyes are so close together like George dubya's.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      Is your mother also your sister?

      April 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      @ information, Do you even have a mother?

      April 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      I've read your posts and the more you rant the more I realize you know absolutely nothing about what you're saying. Your are ignorance personified and don't have the intelligence and ability to see that the wedding and the tornadoes are 2 completely separate incidents on so many levels that prioritizing one over the other is like comparing apples to oranges. Your comments and sad and pathetic, just like you.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    @ Jack,
    You can skip my comments.
    They're not for you.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. He Has Been Taken By The Evil One

    That is not the real Joey. He obviously has been taken by the evil one. "Possessed" or using the internet vernacular, he has been "highjacked" by the evil one.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy


      April 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    I have been practicing this speech for...many–years, now...
    I want to thank–
    for this, the greatest compliment of my life–
    my studio, for their faith in me after seven detoxes and six rehabs–
    my mother, my sainted mother–
    my partner Steve–Hi, Steve...
    and most of all, you the Academy–and...
    Now? Off?
    And all those wonderful people out there in the dark!

    April 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    My Shih-teze, Elmer...

    April 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stinkabinka

    i live in the real world. not fairy tale land. unemployment. tornados. floods. etc. not a butt load of money blown on a wedding

    April 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      ... or spunked into space.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolasmama

      And does dwelling on all the tragedy make things better???

      April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      They live in the real world too, Bubba. They just have more money than you. Instead of dwelling on your personal woes, go out and make some capital. It'll pull you out of your Matrix of Gloom.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      I think most people understand the issues you are ranting about. We also understand that we are living in dark times and are constantly assulted with negative news, which can dishearten the spirit.

      The royal wedding mania is not a sign of a national shallowness, but more the need to rejoice in an uplifing event during dark times. On tomorrow, reality will return rearing it's ugly head, but for today, the world is inspired.

      April 30, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. abdul mouhsine

    i don`t know why people care about this weeding which millions are spent on it while millions of people don`t find something to eat.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolasmama

      Who is weeding???? Huh?

      April 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      Do you become saveTheworld lower down. Literacy is a bit of a give away.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Agreed the money and civerage soent on these wothless figure heads continues to show why the world keeps spinning down the drain. Rich have to much money with very little accountability, the poor do not get enough help and some dolts in the middle that would rather escape into some 'princess' or Big brother show fuels both sides. God save us! apparatnly we have no collective slue how to save ourselves!

      April 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tack

    As they are Princess Di's kids, God bless them and may they be as wonderful as their mother. She was the lady of all ladys.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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