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Oct 12, 04 09:23 AM

Like a Chicken Leg, Writ Large.


Cambodia's King Sihanouk has selected his son Prince Sihamoni, who lives in Paris, and has been a choreographer, as his successor. Prince Sihamoni is the only guy I've ever heard of that studied cinematography in Pyongyang. Yeah, North Korea. Yeah, cinematography.

(I know this site is your main source for Cambodian news. Don't front!)

Cambodian strongman (I love that term) Hun Sen, as well as Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who heads the opposition party, are backing the King's choice.

The NYTimes says of Sihanouk: "Although the country is now run by commoners, the king's word, founded on a centuries-old royal line and strengthened by his personal charisma, remains almost impossible to defy."

The Times also describes Sihamoni's mom, Queen Monineath, as "The king's current wife." CATTY. (Sihanouk is renowned as a player.)

The coronation's not going to be soon. I want to go over to Phnom Penh and write about it when it goes down. Any editors out there that want to buy me a plane ticket?

Posted by Mike at October 12, 2004 9:23 AM

Who's frontin'? No one's frontin'! Especially not ME!

Posted by: DJ Spooky at October 12, 2004 1:47 PM

Prince Sihamoni is a handsome devil, yah! We need more figureheads with artistic bents, creativity opens up the mind. Rather than leaders who have to have debate answers whispered in their ear electronically (did y'all see that box on Bush's back in the last debate? his ill-timed 'let me finish' comment? uh-huh.) Mike, if no publishers hire you to cover the coronation, I have a dollar to chip in.

Posted by: Deb at October 12, 2004 3:02 PM

Spalding Gray said that the Khmer Rouge was founded by dudes who'd studied lots of Rousseau in Paris combined with dudes in Cambodia who ate trees and went crazy. I'm thinking that dudes that studied choreography in Paris combined with dudes that eat Pocky has got to pretty much be utopia.


Posted by: dave at October 12, 2004 3:52 PM

That Batman and Robin bit over there is fucking SWANK. I remember making those with my mom when I was kid. Long live 1970's crafts!

Posted by: liz at October 12, 2004 5:13 PM

and batman is weirdly cut out of the picture.

Posted by: marie at October 12, 2004 6:49 PM

So the coronation should be pretty bad ass, because with those skills you figure that Prince Sihamoni's gonna throw down with some N'SYNCesque dance routine to demonstrate his political qualifications for the position.

Posted by: Lauren at October 13, 2004 12:16 AM

Go Sihamoni! It's yer coronation day! Go Sihamoni! It's yer coronation day! Shake what yer queen momma gave ya!

Hopefully this will be televised....

Posted by: Deb at October 13, 2004 10:45 AM