Jewish World Review July 9, 2012/ 19 Tammuz, 5772
Enough with marriage Hollywood style
By Mitch Albom
Actors, rock stars, famous celebrities, reality TV show participants -- all would be forced to wed quietly and privately with no media attention whatsoever.
In other words, like most people's marriages.
You know what?
Few would bother.
Like publicity, in
This is why I would issue my moratorium. No talk shows. No jumping on Oprah's couch. No stories about canoodling at the
Think of all the paper we would save!
All of this comes to mind in the wake of last week's news that
This is the same
For all that noise, you'd have thought they'd be in love for eternity. Instead, their marriage lasted six years. True, that's considerably longer than
Which means, in my wonderful make-believe world, we never would have heard about them. Never would have endured the breathless gushing over their "TomKat" love, never would have wasted verbal energy over his sexuality, or whether their daughter was truly his, or whether she liked Scientology. They would still be four years away from a single news story.
Oh, the bliss.
This is not to say some folks in
Until then, blackout. All three of
A world where we didn't report on celebrity marriage and divorce would not only be quieter, it might be healthier. Watching the way a new
Likewise, when the split up occurs -- so quickly and so often with gushing sympathy -- it may make people question why they should bother sticking it out in their own relationships. Heck, we might wonder, if there's someone always out there for
If nothing else, think of the time we'd save. Six years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without the bombardment of Cruise and Holmes as Romeo and Juliet; now, for months to come, it will be the same over their split. And in the end, it's just another failed relationship -- where kids end up the victims.
Seems to me, if we're going to turn the bright lights on anything, it ought to be the successes. Which is why I offer my fantasy. Ten years. Minimum.
Until then, no attention.
And if celebrities are thinking, "Gee, that sounds like a long, tough challenge," congratulations. You've just had your first insight into what real marriage -- not the kind that lasts as long as a flashbulb -- is all about.
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