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Swaziland’s King Mswati III: Idiot

By Wyatt Earp | September 7, 2008

Yeah, that’s right; keep waving, moron. Eventually, you’ll get yours.

MBABANE, Swaziland — The Swazi king, dressed in traditional leopard skins and whisked around in an open-topped BMW, celebrated his 40th birthday and his nation’s 40th independence day with lavish glee Saturday — hosting an extravaganza that contrasted sharply with the biting poverty of his subjects.

King Mswati III toured the national stadium to cheers and flag-waving. Tens of thousands of Swazi maidens who had performed for the king last weekend at the annual Reed Dance were at the festivities, which included traditional dancing and drumming and a full military parade.

Oh, well, I didn’t know they had dancing maidens . . . Party on, dudes!

“I’m aware that many in the world might be wondering why we are so excited about the celebrations of our 40th anniversary,” the king told the crowd. “The answer is simple. We are celebrating our nationhood.”

However, the so-called 40-40 party was preceded by demonstrations against its excessive cost in a country that has the world’s highest AIDS rate and where only one in four Swazis lives to be 40.

Okay, but in fairness, if you’re only expected to live until you’re 40, shouldn’t King Mswati III get his freak on while the gettin’s good? I’m just sayin’.

The cost was officially put at $2.5 million, but it was widely believed to be at least five times more. There was special anger at the jet-set shopping spree by eight of the king’s 13 wives to Dubai to purchase birthday outfits, and the fleet of luxury cars bought to carry VIPs around. (H/T - CNN)

Jackass. I wonder if the good king found anything familiar with this liege of Hollywood fame?


It’s going to be funny as Hell when his subjects drag him to the guillotine.

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6 Responses to “Swaziland’s King Mswati III: Idiot”

  1. USA_Admiral Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    The worm will turn.

  2. RT Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hey, he could take Fumo’s spot or be a mayor of Philly some day!

    Great clip! :)

  3. Sully Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Ohhh pissboy!!!

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Admiral - Eh, we’ll see.

    RT - He is certainly qualified to be a Philly pol!

    Sully - “Wait . . . for the shake.”

  5. Pure_Swazi Says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Just Leave us Swazis Alone, we actually enjoy it here in Swaziland. People are hngry because they are lazy. We do not want political parties, we are just right with the king. it is people like you who pollute the world and tell them about What it is like in Swaziland whne you have even set foot.

    Dont call my King an Idiot, you Idiot. Swazis are lazy that is why they are poor, they dont wanna work. Mswati is not spending government money, he is spending his money. I a sick and tired of foreigners telling us how our country should be. we are okay like this.

  6. Thabo Says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 8:38 am

    We are sick and tired of Americans and other Europeans looking down upon us just because we do things differently from them.Its quite disrespectful and inhumane to calkl my king an idiot.Who are you to say that.We are fine in Swaziland and people there starve because they are lazy.

    We are Africans and do not need some clueless Europeans to judge us, how can you talk so harshly about a country you have never set foot in.We are tired of these European clowns who have made themselves Gods of these world.We as Swazis like our king, he doesnt mistreat his people and we love him and our culture so much.

    You judgemental Europeans and fake Africans should leave us alone.Yes we as a country have many challanges but we do not need you to be disrespecful of our king and culture.It sucks