Rupert Murdoch's Trophy Wife Re Tibet: Let Them Pray To Their Mobile Phones!

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Why is Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng so fascinating? I guess it's that she's sort of like Spencer Pratt, only if Heidi Montag were the most powerful person in media and also, eightysomething. (Related: you know how the oldest age you ever seem to see on MySpace is 83? Has that changed since Murdoch bought it? Does he have a MySpace page?) Anyway, here's the elusive Wendi Deng Murdoch, the dark force of all media, cornered by the New York Observer:

What of the Chinese government's well-documented brutality in Tibet? "I don't think anyone got killed there!" Ms. Murdoch asserted. "I haven't been there recently, but today, everybody in Tibet have mobile phones and the ability to send a message."

Well shit, that's just a lie. I mean, you can sort of get away with saying no one got killed there, because it's not like the Chinese government has put out any press releases saying, "Nine monks were killed when the People's Liberation Army bombed that temple yesterday" or "Today the Spanish high court opened an inquiry into whether that guy behind the Tiananmen square massacre also killed enough Tibetans for it to be considered 'genocide'," but that thing about cell phones is a known fact. Only about 10% of Tibetans have mobile phones, silly! That's why investing in China is such a great opportunity for all the companies that advertise stuff.

Wendi Murdoch Speaks! [NY Observer]

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@brendastarlet: @lfw1031: There is a coterie of people who think the idea of the Duke and Duchess is a remarkably romantic one. As in "He gave up the throne for Love!" truth be told, Prince David (who became Edward VIII upon ascension — it's very rare for an English monarch to keep his given name and the one chosen is an honorarium —interestingly, none of the women monarchs of Britain, both Elizabeths, changed theirs — prolly thought it was silly to do so) was known as a ne'er-do-well more interested in partying and cozying up to Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, and would likely have had to abdicate once his efforts to broker a deal between the Third Reich and the British government.

He and Wallis exile included living at the Ritz, keeping a truly palatial country house on the outskirts of Paris, and telling Cartier and Taittinger to bill King George VI for the baubles and booze. All this while Londoners were having to send their children to live with strangers in the countryside so they might have a chance to outlive the nightly carpet bombing of the capital. All this while Brits' rations were being diminshed and people were seriously malnourished. The Duke & Duchess lived in hedonistic excess while the real royals were living in London, suffering among their subjects. Scum.

If you've ever wondered why most Brits love Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mum and Elizabeth II, this is why. The Duke & Duchess are universally loathed. If it interests anyone, a great biography to read is Sarah Bradford's "Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain's Queen". It's an amazing portrait of life in Britain during WWII, the nefarious Duke & Duchess of Windsor, etc.