April 19, 2009
Etiquette – Class With the Countess
Posted in authored by John Gohde tagged American Royalty, Britney Spears, Class With the Countess, Countess, Countess Luann de Lesseps, Etiquette, Kirsten Dunst, Luann de Lesseps, Manners and Etiquette, Marie Antoinette, Paris Hilton, Real Housewives, Real Housewives of New York City, Victorian, Victorian Era at 10:26 am by John Gohde
It is no accident that LuAnn de Lesseps equates being a Countess with class, while everyone else thinks that she is just a snob. Historically, etiquette developed out of the highly formal and ritualistic court of the French monarchy. Class has always been about trying to properly fit into aristocratic society. Ergo, showing class has always been about being a snob.
Class With the Countess
There is a very amusing scene in the Marie Antoinette movie where Kirsten Dunst is standing around naked while the etiquette of French court is deciding who should dress her. Poor naked Antoinette had to wait, as every time a new person entered the room their rules of aristocratic society stated that a different person had to dress her. This is what class, manners, and etiquette is all about: Kissing up to those who you perceive are your betters. Just as obviously, it is about learning to fit into a society where people have more time on their hands than they know what to do with.
Countess Luann de Lesseps – Class With the Countess
This is America. LuAnn de Lesseps is No Countess. The Countess Luann de Lesseps never had a right to call herself a Countess in the first place. Now, that her Count has dumped her by email she is definitely not a Countess, even if in her own mind she still insists on calling herself one. Just goes to show you what low-class people will do in order to sell a book.
There is no American royalty. Back during the American Victorian Era (1850 – 1890), etiquette was about the nouveau rich kissing up to the wealthy with old money. High society has always been about people with too much time on their hands engaging in elaborate etiquette in an attempt to keep from being bored silly. The average Joe has to work for a living, and has no time for worrying about etiquette. Only people with money have time to engage in elaborate social rituals.
In modern America, movie and rock stars are now considered to be American Royalty. Does anyone every consider Britney Spears or Paris Hilton to have “class” while they flash their privates when getting out of automobiles? Yet, these modern royals have their own rules of etiquette which their equals are expected to follow.
Class With the Countess
The Countess Luann de Lesseps book on class is about trying to fit into a society that does not exist anymore in America, if it ever did. Why try to modernize the rules of Victorian America when morales about sex have completely changed? Knowing which fork you are supposed to eat with in polite society is for snobs who want to constantly point out to others that they are better than you are.
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