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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