Have you guys heard about the Boston Globe reporter who tweeted blow by blow details of a married couple’s fight at a Burger King? Yup, he went there. While sitting near a couple bickering at the fast food joint he proceeded to live-tweet their dialogue, complete with photos and video, kicking things off by tweeting: “I am listening to a marriage disintegrate at a table next to me in this restaurant. Aaron Sorkin couldn’t write this any better.”
He kept his 4,000+ followers entertained by sharing every single heart-wrenching detail of the couple’s marriage spat. And, trust me, this was not mild stuff. “She think it is unfair that he gets to play video games and she has to clean when his mother tells her. We agree.” Okay, so none of his business, but so far, not terribly cruel right? Well wait, there’s more. Another tweet from Boyle read: “’Why did you even marry me?’ he asks. ‘Because I loved you,’ she responds. ‘Loved me?’ We all notice the past tense.” Yikes! You can check out this storified summary to read the rest. (In case they’re deleted by now, also see a screen grab below!)
Now, clearly, this wasn’t cool. Yes, when you choose to argue in public (which you guys already know Man and I don’t ever do) you are opening yourself to the opinions and judgments of others – I get that. But when the nosy asshole sitting next to you starts live-tweeting your troubles and sharing pics and flix, a line has been crossed. Marriage can be difficult enough with two people weighing in. Encouraging thousands of others to both witness and comment on the tough times between lovers is just reckless and wrong. Sure you may have heard a wife lay into her husband over something you deem “silly” or perhaps you witnessed a husband being unusually cruel to his spouse, but unless you stood beside them at the altar and also exchanged vows, it’s quite simply, none of your damn business. The only people who have the right to broadcast marital troubles for the world to see are those who have them. Case closed!
I’d have some choice words for Boyle had a caught him posting photos of Man and I going at it. Would you feel violated in the same situation? Read and decide…