Saturday, August 30, 2003

I Just May Understand Where She is Coming From . . .

From AP: MANCHESTER, Conn. (Aug. 29) - A woman dubbed "Bridezilla" after police said she went on a rampage at her wedding reception pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of creating a public disturbance. Adrienne T. Samen, 18, was fined $90. Samen, of North Haven, was arrested on criminal mischief and breach of peace charges on Aug. 16 after police responded to her wedding reception at The Mill on the River restaurant in South Windsor.
Samen allegedly became enraged after restaurant workers closed the bar at the party. She began throwing things, including wedding cake and gifts, police said. Samen left the restaurant, and police found her walking down the road in her wedding gown. While being taken into custody, police said she kicked the door and window of the police cruiser and tried to bite an officer. The incident received national attention, with the New York Post and other media dubbing Samen "Bridezilla." "My behavior was very disgraceful," Samen told Judge Patricia Swords during her court appearance Thursday. Swords fined Samen $90 and ordered her to pay for any damages to the restaurant. She also suggested Samen seek substance abuse and anger management counseling. "This behavior does not bode well for the well-being of your marriage," said Swords.

The groom, David Samen, a 21-year-old Marine reservist, accompanied his wife to court. He came home a little over a month ago after serving in Iraq for six months, said Evelyn Vitalie, David's mother. David and Adrienne eloped before he left and wanted a bigger ceremony once he came home. . . .

The couple honeymooned at Dollywood, country music star Dolly Parton's amusement park in Tennessee. But Adrienne Samen said they were forced to cut short the vacation after being hounded by reporters."There really wasn't one (a honeymoon)," she said. Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.

Why are they picking on this girl? C'mon, Judge Pat. Don't you think that we would be seeing more of this behavior if more people were sent overseas- as if WWII were happening today. Back then, women were more repressed and complacent. Today, we are less likely to be duped or unaffected or overwhelmed by it all. This woman is young and in love. She wanted to be married, but found herself separated and threatened with the real potential of her husband's death. She was afraid, then upon relief, treated, during a private moment, by media whores as if she and her new husband were a freakshow. (Ok, just let go of the whole Dollywood thing for a second - let go.) She finally gets a party and a chance to revel with friends and family, and snaps when a relatively simple thing upsets her.

It is easy to think of her as a Sandra Bullock in 28 days. But I dont think she needs anger management classes. I think the country needs to wake up and think about what war does to people and about how much we tolerate a exploiting media. If someone is subjected to beserk circumstances, why have we no tolerance to a beserk reaction?

Which brings me to the Philosphy of the Old Fashioned Muffins. But that is for another post.

Catherine Berlin

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