Lovers' Quarrels Hit The 'Net...Again

by SAMANTHA QUEEN · April 17, 2008


Wow. I thought that posting love song lyrics your profile and changing your relationship status were pretty public displays of dissatisfaction with a love interest. I had no idea. In today’s tech-savvy world, there really are countless ways to humiliate those you were once intimate with (ahem Julia/Jakob). Take, for example, the blogosphere. Or more specifically, my personal weblog, where an old flame publicly confronted me on the specifics of our (not-so) romantic relationship.

Oh, but it gets worse. Enter actress and playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith, airing the dirty laundry of soon-to-be-ex-husband and Broadway bigwig, Philip Smith. And you thought your parents’ divorce was bad. Watch a teary Tricia discuss everything from her “evil” stepchildaughter to the nitty-gritty of the prenup to her husband’s porn and Viagra use. It is sad, but Tricia does have a sense of humor, which makes the video EXTREMEMLY entertaining.

So how do we protect ourselves from public disgrace? The answer: DON’T TRUST ANYONE. Or maybe, don’t treat anyone so badly and avoid involvement with crazies. And beef up on your knowledge of the defamation laws in effect in your jurisdiction. Then sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a ride it could be (just ask Philip Smith)!