Friday, March 1, 2013

Ain't That The Truth

I'm late to the party on this, I know.

I don't watch the Oscars.  I don't watch many movies, for that matter.  And I really don't give a shit who wore what dress or showed up with whom.

So it took me a while to come across this article about Ben Affleck's acceptance speech, in which he apparently said the following to his wife:

I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good, it is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work with.

I gather that this remark precipitated an uproar of criticism from people who think that marriage (or at least public discussion of marriage) should be all unicorns and rainbows.  And who clearly don't have a clue.  

Kudos to you, Ben, for admitting in front of the whole English-speaking universe that a good relationship is hard to maintain and needs effort put into it every day.  I have a hard time imagining a message more antithetical to the whole spirit of Hollywood, land of the 72-day made-for-TV marriage and fake everything.  

Not the kind of reality normally seen on TV, but reality nonetheless.


  1. Only problem I have with it is that he is pretty widely known as a being a huge asshole to Jennifer Garner. I was just thinking the other day (on the plane when I saw a movie she was in), wondering if she thinks she made a mistake by divorcing her first husband and having children with Ben Affleck. I wonder if SHE has to do the major bulk of the hard work.

  2. And yeah, I'm with you - totally do not get the Oscars thing AT ALL. Dresses? Why on earth would I care?

  3. Shows how much I know...I had no idea. Shame--I always thought they were a good pair.


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