At halftime of the Fiesta Bowl yesterday, there was a promotional event where a woman tried to throw a football at a target. She missed, but as a surprise consolation prize, they brought out her boyfriend, who was serving in Iraq at the time. They hugged, and then he got down on one knee, and at that point I started booing in a loud voice.
I think that proposing to your girlfriend on national TV is a very lousy thing to do.
First, because it turns what should be a private moment into an extremely public spectacle. Second, because it deprives the woman of the right to say no. She was being watched by thousands of people inside the stadium, and by untold millions more across the nation. Therefore, if she had said no, the entire nation would have seen her as an unromantic killjoy. Anyway, she didn't even get the chance to answer for herself, because IIRC, as soon as the guy finished proposing, one of the announcers said "Congratulations to both of you."
Do you agree with me, or do you think that a proposal on national TV is a romantic idea?