The Diamond Jubilee, the extravagant international celebration throughout 2012 marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year at the helm of the declining British Empire, is finally here. British medals galore! Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Knight Commander of The Order of the British Empire (KBE). Companion of The Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Did you know that more than 275 big names snubbed these honors between the years 1951 and 1999? And, apparently, most of them rejected the honors on moral grounds. Call them moral insurrectionists.