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Fake Marriage Proposal
image During an Orlando Magic basketball game on Sunday a man asked his girlfriend to marry him in front of the entire crowd. But instead of saying yes, the woman ran away crying. Which I guess meant no. But two days later it was revealed that the entire thing had been a hoax, "an Orlando Magic marketing ploy to spice up the NBA experience." When I first saw this story I thought it was old news, because I could swear I remember almost the exact same stunt being pulled about a year ago at a different basketball game. The woman involved even looked similar. But although I've been searching I can't find a reference to the earlier incident anywhere. I'm wondering if it was the same couple each time. Maybe they specialize in this stunt.
Categories: Sex/Romance
Posted by Alex on Thu Feb 17, 2005
Comments (15)
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it happened eaerlier at a washington wizards game. the guy came out of a costume
Posted by aaron  in  az  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  01:39 AM
http://www.nba.com/wizards/news/spoof_proposal040225.html
Posted by This guy  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  03:26 AM
I blame Reality TV. It's making our entire culture dumber, meaner, and sleazier.

If the basketball fans aren't outraged that the management would think so little of them as human beings that it would assume a painful and tearful jilting would be appreciated as entertainment, they certainly should be.

Poor basketball fans--if they aren't getting beaten up by roid-raging players rushing into the bleachers, they're getting their intelligence spat upon via cheap stunts.
Posted by Barghest  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  05:11 AM
Barghest said:

"I blame Reality TV. It's making our entire culture dumber, meaner, and sleazier."

I think you may have that backwards. I don't think that art, entertainment or culture come from nowhere. I think they're a reflection of the society in which they originate. Either way, it doesn't say much about us, does it?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  05:27 AM
::sigh::
I'm going to have to destroy my T.V. soon.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  08:03 AM
This sounds like a great idea for a movie!!!
Posted by paul in prague  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  09:09 AM
My fiance and I were at a Trailblazers game last week and the same thing happened. They have a "kiss cam" that shows up on the giant monitor with a heart around any given two people who are then supposed to kiss. When it landed on one particular guy, some text appeared saying "will you marry me" and the next thing you saw was the girl dumping popcorn all over him, ripping the flowers out of the hand of the mascot that was standing right there and throwing them down, and running out of the arena. I would have thought it was real, except for the video I saw somewhere on one of the internets (mentioned above as the guy-in-costume).
Posted by joemono  in  Portland, OR  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  11:18 AM
There was an episode a year or two ago of "the Jamie Kennedy Experiment" (an edgy, x-treme, mountain-dew-soaked "Candid Camera" clone) where they pulled this stunt. Jamie Kennedy was playing the wedlock-blocked guy. That might have been the orgin for this idea.
Posted by kf  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  01:19 PM
Barghest correctly observed:
"I blame Reality TV. It's making our entire culture dumber, meaner, and sleazier."
... and Maegan said:
"::sigh::
I'm going to have to destroy my T.V. soon."

Don't wait.
I got rid of my TV about 15 years ago, and I've been smarter, kinder, and less sleazy ever since. Also a lot less depressed.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  07:19 PM
Hey, if everybody got rid of their televisions then they could all spend more time on the internet. That's gotta be a good thing.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  09:27 PM
I remember the earlier incident from the news reports about it about a year to eighteen months ago. It made a lot of sports clip segments and I heard from a friend of mine that she later accepted. What my friend said was she was overwhelmed and paniced. I hadn't heard about this one.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  09:56 PM
But if I got rid of my tv, I couldn't watch cartoons (more Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy/less Yugioh), the History Channel, John Stewart, and my tapes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Shows which make me smarter and more thoughtful if anything.

>>>I think you may have that backwards. I don't think that art, entertainment or culture come from nowhere. I think they're a reflection of the society in which they originate.<<<

I possibly should have said Society rather than Culture. At any case, it's a deadly feedback loop.

I don't think people demand shittier, meaner television. I think unscrupulous corporate networks put out what they think will be popular, and complacent slobs simply accept it. Then they become accustomed to it.

Which implies that if the forces of decent humanity were to somehow get more thought-provoking and uplifting television out there, it would start to unmuddy the cultural waters. I can dream, anyway.
Posted by Barghest  on  Thu Feb 17, 2005  at  10:42 PM
I didn't get rid of my television. I did cancel cable TV. I watch DVD's now.

I only miss The Simpsons and The Daily Show. Too bad they'll never release the latter on disks.
Posted by Carl Fink  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  12:48 AM
I found out that having only the local channels and PBS is the best way to go. You don't miss news; you also have bunch of great PBS shows on. I don't like the dramas/most reality shows/most sitcoms anyway so I can't watch those even if you offer me money. I don't miss cable at all.
Posted by AAB  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  05:52 PM
Barghest said
"if the forces of decent humanity were to somehow get more thought-provoking and uplifting television out there, it would start to unmuddy the cultural waters. I can dream, anyway."

It's called the Hallmark channel... and it sucks!
Posted by Alteregogi  in  Ohio  on  Thu Feb 24, 2005  at  08:40 PM
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