AT WORK? At work, in front of all of her coworkers, on television? You’re going to tell her weird personal stuff and make her cry in her professional environment, in front of all of the people whose respect she deserves? And then put it on the Internet?! OBVIOUSLY THIS IS VERY SWEET AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE, I HOPE YOU HAVE A LONG AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE TOGETHER, BUT — AT WORK?! (Via TVNewser.)

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  1. The most important part of any lasting marriage is making a gigantic spectacle of yourself from the word “go”.

  2. At least there wasn’t a flash mob!

  3. Eh, this one seems OK enough. They get a pass!

  4. She may have appreciated this and all, but this gets to the heart of why public marriage proposals suck doorknobs: If she would have said know, or even that she needed time to think about it, she would have not only been the bad guy for every one there, but also for all of CNBC’s viewers (which, granted, is like 13 people) and everyone who watched the clip online. Even if she had very valid reasons for her decision. In this case, it would have damaged her career.

    While it might not be intended, public marriage proposals put unnecessary pressure on the person on the receiving end. They’re just horseshit and I hate them so much.

    That said, I hope these people will be very happy for the rest of their lives. Or maybe not, if they’re jerks. Who knows? They could be jerks!

    • “…said know…” I English. Very spell.

    • This is a great point. But I figure that these days, many (most?) serious couples talk about marriage together in private, and the proposal– public or not–is just sort of an official gesture. When I watched, I imagined that both of these people knew they were going to get engaged to one another already. But maybe that’s not true, and he actually totally surprised her, in which case BLECK.

      • I proposed to my wife the day after we booked our wedding venue. We had already looked at invitations, rings, etc… She told me repeatedly that she doesn’t care if I officially propose. Being the slight romantic at heart I am, I still wanted to. I had a plan to go to our favorite restaurant and then have some sunset wine at a very scenic spot in the city. We ended up getting so lost in a conversation at the restaurant that it got dark, so I proposed there.

        I didn’t get down on one knee. There were no cameras rolling. We were in a dimly lit corner of a place we both loved having a conversation about our future.

        I know some people enjoy a spectacle, maybe out of some perceived romanticizing of a future story to tell, maybe for some other reason. I guess I just don’t get it. You’re making a decision that will affect the rest of your lives! Why would you want a bunch of other people watching it? It’s like emotional exhibitionism, which, fine. If that’s what both you AND your partner are into, have at it. I just feel bad for the people who are put on the spot.

        • I’m still amazed at the people who do want that kind of crap… But my dad got my mom an engagement hamburger and his parents got married on April Fool’s Day right before the War, so I come from a long long line of romantics.

        • I mean in this case, her job is to be on TV. Pretty sure a streak of exhibitionism is par the course for that field.

    • The public marriage proposal is basically the most romantic-seeming version of gaslighting. AKA, it’s garbage.

  5. Oh man, just wait until their exes move in!

  6. I am unimpressed. If this happened at CNN they would have done it with holograms and the set would have suddenly turned into the planet from Avatar and Wolf Blitzer and will.I.am would have flown down on one of those flying spaceanimals holding a giant ipad displaying an instagram of an engagement ring…

  7. These things have always made me angry, but now that I’m single, the rage level is reaching new heights.

  8. Kelly’s so against public marriage proposals that I think she may actually secretly want one. Take note, Kelly’s current boyfriend.

  9. Kelly? Are you there? Are you still at work? OK sit down. I have something to ask you…

  10. The more of these I see the more I think that if someone ever does propose to me, I don’t even want to be in the room myself. Let’s do it on the phone, future person!

  11. I just saw that time travel movie with the elder Weasley boy and Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams yesterday and it was a very sweet movie. Anyway, at some point an engagement happens and she says something like “oh I’m so happy you didn’t make a gross big spectacle” and I thought of all of you.

    Also I think this is one of those movies that I am going to like more and more as I think about it. As far as time travel goes, it was really great and not the dramatic love crap that most time travel romantic type films do. If anything, it was more about a boy and his dad, which is really very touching. Plus the scenery and the interior decorations are just gorgeous… which they explain right away as some other male in their family used all of his time travelling skills on acquiring wealth. Miserable man, that rich one. Bill Nighy is just delightful.

  12. Is it a sign that I am defective that I can’t imagine anyone crying when I propose? I think my future wife will just say, “Sure. Let’s lock this down.” And that will be that. Oh well, maybe it is related to how I am not a goddamn showboat who will go to her office to ask.

    RELATED: I was eating a tuna melt in a diner on Monday night when I witnessed an actual real live public proposal. It is a diner in Hollywood patronized mainly by struggling/failing actors. So I guess it would love a spectacle: dude-man had clearly coordinated with the bartender, so as his spiel began, bartender cut the music. Therefore we all were treated to his every word.

    He leaped up on the counter and shouted at the top of his lungs — I wish I could remember the whole thing. Basically: “GIRL, YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, I HAVE DECIDED, I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY AND NO ONE ELSE WILL DO. I HAVE DONE THE HOLLYWOOD SCENE AND I AM DONE CATTING AROUND THIS TOWN! YOU HAVE WON ME FOREVER, YOU ARE MY DIAMOND AND I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU FOREVER. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. LOVE *YOU!* YOU!!! WHAT DO YOU SAY? WILL. YOU. MARRY. ME?”

    Thoughout, she kept both hands clamped over her mouth and was staring down at the counter where she sat. As it went on she began to tremble. I had a nice profile view and it looked like a “Holy Jesus, kill me with lightning” tremble, but the guy kept going on so I figured he knew her better and recognized her “I can’t contain my excitement” tremble. Until the last couple of words, where she started to shake her head in tight little motions to get him to shut up. But no stopping then! He was on fire! He got to the end. The room fell dead silent. And she lifted her hands away just enough to say the tiniest “no” possible.

    Dead silence. The whole diner. It wasn’t crowded — but everyone in there was like AAAAAAHHHH WHERE DO I LOOK NOW? CAN I TALK TO THE PEOPLE I CAME WITH? WHAT IS RIGHT? Then the guy sank to a crouch and said to her in a normal voice, “Okay. That’s my fault.”

    Gradually the music came back on. The bartender increased it from zero slowly as if it was necessary to sneak us back onto a normal diner footing, not rush all at once. My friend and I both ordered milkshakes. I kept looking over and No One’s Fiancee was hugging his Suicidal Lady as tightly as if they had just emerged from a tornado shelter to find their town wiped out. She kept staring down. He kept whispering in her ear. Now he whispers? I looked over again 5 minutes later and they were gone.

    “This milkshake is a huge disappointment,” my friend said. “It should be so thick it hurts.”

    I said, “That’s what she said.”

    And that’s how a loud proposal in a diner goes.

  13. I just remembered that I once witnessed the exact opposite of a public marriage proposal! When I worked at the Starbucks in Target, a couple once came in and sat their two young children at a table in our lobby and explained to them that they were getting a divorce.

    • Now it is I who is the one who is jealous of a witnessing!

    • I once witnessed two women sitting a little kid down at a seedy motel room showing Polaroid photos to the kid and saying “this is a photo of your father…” There were two empty vodka or gin bottles on the table and the ashtray was a mountain of ash and cigarette butts. My friends and I were leaving the worst hotel in the world (literally — I started writing down every shady thing we saw/found/heard because we were worried no one would believe us), so this was my final memory of the Peter Pan Motel in Santa Cruz, California on SPRING BREAK ’97.

      • Nonsense. It got a 5-star review at Yelp:

        “Sleep in this bed and you’ll feel closer to neverland than ever before! … You’ll always feel like peter pans gonna tap at your window any moment while your in bed here, just make sure you hold your girlfriend tight you dont want peter pan tryin to snatcher her away thinkin she’s Wendy!”

  14. Avery Jessup would not have this shit. The Jessup family crest is a knight refusing to talk about his feelings!

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