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Can someone give me a hand as I step onto my soapbox? Thank you, thank you, my legs are sore from riding in on my high horse.
There are three things in the world that I will claim complete and utter supremacy on – being the world’s foremost authority on Sunday Scaries, Frasier tweets, and New York Times Wedding Announcements. So when I see the internet abuzz over any one of those things, I naturally feel the urge to weigh in.
Sometime around Friday of every week, The New York Times drops a bunch of wedding announcements. While one is normally about 2,000+ words of puff-piece drivel, the others are shorter and more condensed. The wedding of Grace Hays Holcomb du Pont and Conor Jackson Sutherland was the latter. And for some odd reason, the ‘internet’ (I hate phrasing it like that because it sounds like an Elite Daily column that ends with the phrase “Will Devastate You”) has decided that this one is somehow worse than every other one they’ve ever read. Yes, including the von Trapps.
And I’ve gotta say, everyone’s just wrong. It’s a pageview grab. It’s blowing this couple’s WASPiness out of proportion. It’s sensationalism at its finest.
Just look at these two.
This should really come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but this looks like a couple that could run in my crew. Hell, he wouldn’t even be the first one to rock a pair of Persols like that. Dave and I already have that covered. But because you can’t judge a book by its cover, let’s dissect the parts of this marriage announcement that people are really up in arms over.
From October 1st in The New York Times:
She is a daughter of Jean Young du Pont and Pierre S. du Pont V of Tarrytown, N.Y. The bride’s father is a partner, in Manhattan, at HPM Partners, an investment and wealth management firm. Her mother was until 2016 the president and chief executive of the Garden Conservancy, an organization in Garrison, N.Y., and is now a legal, strategic and development consultant. The bride is a descendant of Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, the founder of what is now known as the DuPont Company. She is also a granddaughter of Pierre S. du Pont IV of Rockland, Del., who was the governor of Delaware from 1977 to 1985, and is a great-great-granddaughter of Llewellyn Powers, who was the governor of Maine from 1897 to 1901.
Wow, two white affluent East Coasters somehow met while gallivanting around New York City after graduating from cum laude from an Ivy League school? Craaaaaaaazy. Like, yeah, that’s totally never happened before. Never have we seen two privileged kids come together to create one power family with a lineage stronger than a purebred Springer Spaniel’s.
Oh, wait, yes, we have. Literally every fucking week in The New York Times. Unfortunately, their descendants aren’t the only thing people are pointing fingers at.
The couple dated at Princeton, but had met a few years earlier, in 2007, in North Haven, Me., when Ms. du Pont offered a ride to Mr. Sutherland and a friend, whom Ms. du Pont knew. The two men had just moored their sailboat and were preparing for a long row back to the dock, whereas she was piloting her family’s motorized tender. They took the ride.
Despite what The Independent and other outlets will tell you, this isn’t crazy. This is what yuppies do – they go to Ivy League Schools, own sailboats, go to Maine, and have sex with each other. Yes, these two are a walking stereotype that will probably have kids who end up as child models for Vineyard Vines, but still, this is day one yuppie stuff.
I can’t believe I’m saying this considering the shade that The New York Times has thrown at me, but come on, let’s pump the brakes on these two (or at least back the mainsail). .
[via The New York Times]