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. heehaw

    In the midst of excessive sad events, I do appreciate a blip of fantasy.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kitty Puss

    God save us from Donald Trump. PLEASE!!! Let me hear more about the wedding. Get that foul-mouthed SOB off the air, even for a few moments.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roberta

    Celebration and ritual are essential to life, as is suffering. Embrace it all!

    April 30, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nicole

    I agree with the person who commented about it being about "balance". I greieve and pray for all the lives that were lost in the storms this past week. And I enjoyed the royal wedding this morning. It was a beautiful moment in history to witness. Life gives us tragedy along with triumph. We need to learn to accept both.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. checi

    I'm American and Americans seriously lack romance these days. You don't have to be a "royal watcher' to appreciate a beautiful romantic story. As an American, I can appreciate this wedding story for the love story embedded in it. Unfortunately, romance seems to be dead in American men and women. I really don't know what has replaced it but I really miss it. Seems like my country is just full of haters now.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    A lot more than 300 people died in America today. Plenty of natural disasters along with car accidents, murder, DUIs, darwin award winners, etc Its nice to have something positive in the news today. Seems more Americans are obsessed with disaster and death these days. Nice to see something historical taking place.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Uzyim

    OMG! reading through this comments have made my day. I love Americans!

    April 30, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Florence Reynolds

    Some people are right but on the other hand are the Brits going to cancel the wedding because of the tornado ?
    They live in Europe they are far away and they have a right to celebrate and we love the Royals it does not mean that we will forget our brothers in Alabama .

    April 30, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Go back to sleep...

      April 30, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rachael

    A marriage is not trivial nonsense. It is core to the fabric of human existence and a reason to celebrate even though there is tragedy and death in the world every day. I hope William and Catherine take their marriage seriously and have a long one. Strong marriages are good for human societies.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Marianne

      I like how you think Rachael!

      April 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Flaming Liberal with an iPad from Massachusetts

    The real big news honestly is that Apple released a white version of the glorious iPhone. Mainstream media is a proud sponsor/supporter of Apple, so that really should have been the "big story" today. Shame the spotlight was even shone on drivel such as this royal wedding fiasco and silly tornadoes.

    Note: Post is laden with sarcasm in case you are one of those people that believe everything on the Internet as literal and true.

    April 30, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Brittany

      Your post made my day. Good thing you added the disclaimer. Intelligence seems to be lacking in some people on both sides of the argument and the sarcasm would likely be lost on them.

      April 30, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kristin

    And...for those of you who think that all the Royals do is sit around all day and don't work (poster who commented on lack of work ethic) both William and Harry are Royal Air Force Pilots, serve in the English Armed Forces and Harry served a tour of duty for his country in Afghanistan. William also wanted to serve with his unit in Afghanistan, but because he is 2nd in line to the British throne he was not allowed to serve which he publically stated his disappointment over. Both Harry and William volunteer w many charitable organizations in addition to the duties with the Royal Air Force. They have the same loving and giving spirit as their mother, Princess Dianam. But, it doesn't really matter what anyone says here...you haters will continue to hate and spew nastiness just to fill some void in your own lives.

    April 30, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. marilena66

    alli can say is this, the bride is far to thin. while she looked lovely, she is anorexic looking. very close to it. its a known fact that she stress loses weight. but regardless, to be that thin is not healthy, and does not set a good expample for young girls, and women alike. its not okayo healthwise to be that thin. i know this from personal experience as a teenager. i was way to thin. she is five foot ten, and her weight should be a minimum of 145 pounds. i too have a small bonestructure, amd its not healthy for her to be so small. regardless, i hope she gets some meat back on her bones. she looked way better last year than this year. her upper arms are the same suze as my forearms for heavens sakes. reegardinmg william, well, i hope he doesn't turn out like his dad, chuckie did to diana. i hope this is what it apprears to be, a fairytale, let it be, as long as william stays faithful, and the press don't hound her to death like they literally did ti diana, then all is well in wonderland.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sense

      So, the argument now isn't about the tornadoes vs royalty, but rather if the princess looks too thin? She looked perfectly healthy. Some people are thin. You're minimum weight there is not accurate at all, a woman of her height and frame should come in around 125-135 lbs, but there is no minimum, maximum or average...it depends on size, height, genes, etc...Healthy, is what matters, not weight

      April 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Her whole family seems to have that body type (mom, sister (Pippa), brother). Obviously not an eating disorder, just good genetics.

      I thought she looked beautiful and healthy on her wedding day.

      April 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ann

    Stop accusing the two innocent people and wish them happy married life. What the royalty got to do with the storm.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    The press didn't kill ("hound to death") Lady Di no more than they did Michael Jackson. If not for all the nosey looky-loo's always wanting to know the personal details of celebrities lives, the press wouldn't even report it. MJ's fans demanded he become a freak, and Lady Di's fans demanded the poparazzi hound her for all the juicy details. You will know all about the royal wedding long before you know about auditing the Federal Reserve or why it's never been audited. You know all about OJ's glove and nothing about the Clinton land scam hearings that were happening at the same time.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Like how you put everything into perspective

      The reason they don't allow an audit is to cover up for their "doings". If people found out what's going on with the massive bailouts that many of the Fed's member banks took, if people found out that the reserves they claim to have that are supposed to back the "worthless" dollars they print out of thin air to bail themselves out don't exist, if people found out how they created the credit expansion that lead our economy into ruins, and all the rest, American people would show how outraged they are. It would result in chaos.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    Typical arrogant, self-serving Americans; unlike the Brits, your without class.

    April 30, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Mark, I think it's unfair to make such a generalization about Americans. I just wrote a huge post that defended the royal wedding and discussed what a significant role English history plays in this world and then saw your comment and just felt sad. I know that a huge percentage of Americans are ignorant and completely blind to understanding anything outside of their selfish and biased views but not all of us are like that. I promise!!

      April 30, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Mark, I've been defending the royals adamantly. Generalizing all Americans as classless, arrogant, etc was done in poor taste.

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