Today the United States celebrates declaring its independence from an Empire. I thought I would have a little fun playing off the Hans Christian Andersen fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Of course, I adjusted the name in the post to Empress, which would be more topical for the purposes of this site.
For those who are not familiar, this was a tale about a leader who was so vain and self-absorbed, the Emperor agreed to let two tailors make him a splendid new outfit. It would have the peculiar property of appearing invisible to anyone who was “unfit for their position” or “hopelessly stupid” as the story goes. The ruse of course is that the tailors did not make an outfit, but performed a charade of measuring and fitting, then “dressing” the Emperor. When he appeared before his ministers, they said nothing and played along, for fear of being considered unfit for their positions.
Likewise, when the leader was paraded outside before the public, no one would dare point out the obvious. After all, his subjects would not wish to be labeled “hopelessly stupid” for not seeing the Emperor’s new clothes. Finally, it takes a truth-telling child to point out that the Emperor is in fact not wearing any clothes. From there, the charade cannot stand very much longer.
Besides being a wonderful metaphor for the times we live in, I thought it would also make a neat idea for a video, Narrow-minded Productions style. With an Empress as the title character, and even the Grimble Gang featured as the tailors.
Happy 4th of July!