You know how you have a painful breakup and you really REALLY feel that the other person has hurt you? You know how you wish you could just go Lorena Bobbitt on their ass?
Well, Lorena Bobbitt doesn’t ever have to wish that. She HAD gone and done what most of us can only dream about in our most bloodthirsty moods.
But I wonder, does she wish she could undo it? Certainly, she had enough provocation after supposedly having been driven to abortion by her then-husband, and just before the moment of truth, raped in a fit of drunken ardor. And certainly, she has gotten off scot-free — just as Mr. Bobbitt. They had both been tried for their respective wrongdoings and acquitted — before further clogging the court system and getting a much-needed divorce.
Sixteen years later, the unhappy couple has been reunited by Insider, and turns out, Mr. Bobbitt still has a thing for his ex-wife. He’s been sending her notes, Valentine’s Day mementos — and on the show, generously offered to show her his scar. Considering that after their legal separation, John Wayne has starred in two porno flicks, Ms. Gallo’s (as Lorena is calling herself these days) response of “Why would I see it now? I can just watch the adult movies,” does very much make sense.
What does not make sense is why she has agreed to the meeting — and why a rather stalkerish behavior is being sensationalized in mass media enough to actually be a reason to invite these people on the show. Wouldn’t it send the wrong message? Harass your wife and you will become a media darling again?
Sometimes, I have to really wonder at the mass media. Are ratings all that separates men from…well, unprincipled men?
Yes, I may be accused to milking the same cash cow, but I don’t think it would occur to me to get these two on the same show — or even get them in the vicinity of one another. I am not sure what Mr. Bobbitt is like away from his not-one-and-only, but Lorena’s life seemed to have taken a decided turn for the better.
I am not sure I believe the adage of “oh, they are just toxic for each other”, but I do know that sometimes people bring out the best in each other. It is equally possible the other end of the spectrum, also, holds true.
And the worst part is, this can actually teach someone lusting over Natalie Portman, or, possibly, their next-door neighbor, or even their schoolteacher’s dog that it’s OK to walk over lines, and break boundaries, and skirt the edges of what is acceptable and what actually carries a prison term. After all, if the Insider thinks it’s all right to “reunite” them, then maybe those icky unions in the stalker’s dreams are, also, a match made in the Nielsen’s boardroom.