BBC Three, the edgiest BBC, woke up super early Saturday so it could watch the run-up to the royal wedding and make fun of it on Twitter.
LOL, why do you have to be that way, BBC Three? His Royal Highness Prince Henry was marrying Meghan Markle and you were, like, lip-syncing the queen or something.
No wonder BBC Three isn’t even allowed on regular TV anymore. It probably never will be again if it — Oh.
BBC Three. The prince and princess hadn’t even said their vows yet, and already you’re trying to start some trans-Atlantic drama.
That’s President Trump’s 2017 inauguration crowd on the left — the same one Trump claimed “looked like a million, a million and a half people,” and which his press secretary insisted “was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” (Even though anyone could see that President Obama’s crowd in 2009 had been larger.)
What we’re saying is: Trump is demonstrably touchy about crowd sizes, and BBC Three straight up compared his inauguration to the massive audience lined up to watch the wedding ceremony, which Trump reportedly wasn’t even invited to. “Just saying” nothing; that was obvious shade.
Think this all went over well with Trump’s fans? It did not.
Suddenly BBC Three’s Twitter feed was like a repeat of the inauguration, with everyone arguing over how many people were in this picture and that picture, and whose crowd was bigger.
Then, Reuters and some other news outlets estimated that only about 100,000 people had showed up to watch the prince and princess, which is actually a much smaller crowd than Trump drew last year.
So then BBC Three was like: Just kidding, “send us all your favourite crowd pics” — as if it had only been trying to post random pictures of crowds, with no implications or comparisons intended.
Anyway. The upshot is that BBC Three, which had meant to live-tweet a royal wedding, instead spent part of Saturday morning refereeing a stream of photos of crowds from rock concerts, which of course had nothing to do with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or even Donald Trump.
To be honest, some of them were more impressive anyway.