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Who got knighted that never should have received the honour?

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1 Elton John Seriously?
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2 Salman Rushdie Write books bashing Islam, become a knight?
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 Quinn Tyler Jackson What losers buy to try to cure low self esteem
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 True enough, and more's the pity. But I practice what I preach. It happens that I've gotten to meet an unusual number of actors, pro athletes, musicians, politicians, etc - due to my choice of professions rather than any desire to meet famous people - and I have treated damn near all of them no differently than I'd treat Joe Average. (A few writers and historians I may have fawned over - ditto a couple of very high-ranking military men - but nobody else.) In fact, I had to sass a few of them here and there. By the way, Dol old buddy, I once had the pleasure of calling Ted Kennedy an idiot to his face. (It was 1980, he made a whistle-stop at my college during his presidential run, and after a lame-O speech - I'm not sure he even knew what city he was in - he waded into the adoring audience. I got to the front of the crowd and told him he was an idiot, and everyone predictably gave me a hard time, though Kennedy himself laughed it off. My only regret was that I hadn't insulted him in a wittier, more imaginative manner, but that's life.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 5:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Let me start by saying that I've always been proud to be a US American and descended from folks living here for several centuries. Hence, when some other US American citizens do shameful things, I'm ashamed that THEY are citizens NOT that I myself am a citizen. OK, all that said, being a history and genealogy buff, I have to admit that a bit intrigued by the idea of Old World knighthood and the concept of becoming worthy to join an order to do good for one's community. Yeah, I know that these ideals have not often been met re applicants or orders but I find it interesting concept. It's not that I think any person in this world should be worshipped [especially celebs,etc.]. It's more an ideal of wanting to change oneself for the better to unite with others who've done so to improve a community at large. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 But Soggy, can't you see that just because they aren't technically called royalty, America has its own ruling class consisting of CEOs, politicians, celebs and pro athletes who are all above the law and treat the rest of us as shabbily as royalty in Europe did back in the day? Don't be fooled by semantics, America has a lot more of a ruling class than any European nation ever did. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 6, 2011, 5:55 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I'm an American who takes the American Creed pretty seriously, so I am tempted to vote "Boned From Day 1". Knighthood is antithetical to everything America ought to stand for. So too, of course, is the very notion of nobility or monarchy. Both are worthless anachronisms best tossed in the Garbage Can of Ignorant Societal Structures. My ancestors rejected all that crap pretty forcefully 230-some years ago, and I remain true to their vision. One of the wisest laws ever passed in my country was the prohibition of its citizens from accepting foreign titles. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 5, 2011, 8:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Salman Rushdie deserves knighthood WAY ore than Elton John or Paul McCartney or however many other celebs have gotten it "just because". Remember, he wrote that book long before 9/11 when we all found out just how savage Muslim extremists can be. I heard that back in the day instead of lightly touching each shoulder with some ceremonial sword people receiving knighthood used to get whacked hard with a real sword. Even if that's not true it just seems cooler :-) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on November 16, 2010, 4:42 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Maybe you get a free Hunger Buster, large Fries and a Blizzard at the Dairy Queen. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on November 16, 2010, 4:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 My guess is it is probably like an award now a days for doing something good, like a Nobel Peace Prize or something similar. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on November 16, 2010, 3:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I think knights these days would have an advantage getting good tables in restaurants and even airline seats and one might get more invites to swanky soirees (especially in the UK) from social climbers but, otherwise, I see very little use for it these days. However; to show how folks can easily get confused re entertainers getting knighted, I haven't forgotten one of the worst "Millionaire" contestants who blew the $200 question when she incorrectly guessed that the rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot HAD been knighted by Queen Elizabeth!LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 16, 2010, 11:57 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Slay a dragon and rescue a maiden? LOL! Alas, knighthood isn't nearly as honorable now as it was back then. In the past, it was a distinguished title, but now? Not so much. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on November 16, 2010, 8:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 What's the purpose now? Obviously, it's a "title" only. It's not as if when someone receives a knighthood that he must immediately go out a slay a dragon and rescue a fair maiden. Other than being labeled as "Sir", do any other perks come with it? Like discounts in restaurants or car rentals? -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on November 15, 2010, 3:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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