Ellen, a Parents.com blogger, doesn’t seem to think so.
She wrote an article today “thanking” Tom & Katie for their divorce. Immediately following, wives everywhere have been shaking their heads in disagreement. Read the full article here.
Celebrity gossip is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can understand how the divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has been making headlines. But as an avid Parents.com reader, it doesn’t seem appropriate to thank them – or anyone – for their misfortune. It’s not necessarily an attack, but can you imagine if you someone contacted you on Facebook and said, “Hey there, I’ve been reading about your split with your husband, and I just want to say thank you.”
I’m not sure I’d be able to appreciate that kind of comment.
What is it really saying when you thank someone for their misfortune, even if it’s a celebrity in the media? To me, it says you get your kicks on train wrecks, and that’s probably why we pay any attention at all to entertainment news. But I think some things are better left unsaid. If you want to thank anyone, let the media outlet know that you appreciate their dedication to bringing you the latest news – not the couple dealing with the divorce itself.
What surprises me the most is that Parents.com, with its reputation for being a family publication, would back an article like this. To me, divorce is an unsettling subject and it never feels good to hear about close friends or family members who have to go through it. Nevertheless, this story has moms and wives up in arms today. What are your thoughts?