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June 8, 2012 4:28 PM   Subscribe

Tip for modern adulterers: If you’re planning to cheat on your wife of 10 years by awkwardly hitting on the model seated next to you on your flight out of Los Angeles, make sure she isn’t live-tweeting the entire miserable experience to her 13,000 followers.
posted by unSane (42 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: This is kind of an interesting story but it's of dubious veracity at this point. Possibly revisit it when someone reputable has done some fact-checking? -- restless_nomad



 
Wow 36 whole hours from favebook to MeFi. We are getting slow, people.
posted by spicynuts at 4:34 PM on June 8, 2012


I love her.
posted by sweetkid at 4:34 PM on June 8, 2012


I saw this yesterday. No one comes out of it well, do they?
posted by howfar at 4:34 PM on June 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


I am not sure who I like least--Brian or Melissa, but none of this is really my business.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 4:35 PM on June 8, 2012 [10 favorites]


Huh. I just pretend I'm sleeping when shit like this happens. No more flirting, plus no upending another person's life because they fell off the wagon and acted like a douche.
posted by angrycat at 4:35 PM on June 8, 2012


Also, let this be a lesson to everyone: Leave the shades down on a red eye. It's the only decent thing to do.
posted by stoneweaver at 4:35 PM on June 8, 2012


His follow-up is interesting.
posted by heyho at 4:36 PM on June 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


She should have written the letter A on his forehead with a Sharpie while he was asleep.
posted by desjardins at 4:37 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


His response, from her Twitter stream (screencap of a FB status update denying everything):

https://twitter.com/MelissaStetten/status/210968681512042498
posted by camcgee at 4:38 PM on June 8, 2012


Christ, what assholes.
posted by gngstrMNKY at 4:38 PM on June 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am not sure who I like least--Brian or Melissa

Seriously? This is even a question?
posted by DarlingBri at 4:38 PM on June 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


What service/airline was she using to have internet connectivity in the air?
posted by -harlequin- at 4:38 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Odds are probably 50-50 that this is all contrived. The model at issue also Photoshopped a fake Powerball ticket to get attention earlier this year.
posted by pbump at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


is there any reason to believe this is more real than her winning the powerball jackpot?
posted by nadawi at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Denying everything but that he left the shades open during the flight.
posted by jeather at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2012


> What service/airline was she using to have internet connectivity in the air?

Quite a few, but almost all of them are just GoGo Inflight.
posted by mrzarquon at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2012


Hmm. When I saw this in Facebook, the note had the same wording as this FPP. "modern adulterers", "planning to cheat", "awkwardly hitting on", "miserable experience".
posted by gurple at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2012


What service/airline was she using to have internet connectivity in the air?

Virgin America has wifi on the planes, and Echofon has a windows client.
posted by FritoKAL at 4:40 PM on June 8, 2012


Oh, never mind. That's because the text is from the main link.
posted by gurple at 4:40 PM on June 8, 2012


She seems like a real prize.
posted by Infinity_8 at 4:41 PM on June 8, 2012


Wait, how is she the bad guy?
posted by Fists O'Fury at 4:41 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


He misspells "to" in his rebuttal. That shows a discomfort with "two," ie his marriage. A sure sign of adulterous intent.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:42 PM on June 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


Plus, I do not trust anyone who writes "sobriety rocks."
posted by Fists O'Fury at 4:42 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Seriously? This is even a question?

Well, OK. Let me correct myself, DarlingBri. I should have said "whom" I like least.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 4:43 PM on June 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


also, she used to date anthony cumia (of opie and anthony) and had a similar dirty laundry airing at the end of that relationship.
posted by nadawi at 4:43 PM on June 8, 2012


Wait, how is she the bad guy?

Because smugness and a penchant for humiliating someone (including a bystander, i.e., his wife) aren't significantly more likable traits than those we're supposed to condemn him for, presumably.
posted by scody at 4:45 PM on June 8, 2012 [11 favorites]


It does lead you to wonder. I live in constant dread of someone thinking that I am hitting on them and then being appalled when I'm really just chatting idly and without intent. In particular, I worry when I talk to people who are younger and/or better looking than I am since they are often so used to getting hit on by creeps. This is one reason I don't talk to strangers very much!
posted by Frowner at 4:45 PM on June 8, 2012 [6 favorites]


um, my bs detector is humming a little here. this is definitely something that happens a lot, granted, but this seems a little too pat, a little too "tweets of stuff my dog/dad/sexy downstairs neighbor said".
posted by facetious at 4:46 PM on June 8, 2012


Wait, how is she the bad guy?
posted by Fists O'Fury

When you are forced to sit next to someone on a plane, they may attempt to make conversation with (which I personally find infuriating). But even if their attempt at conversation is in poor taste, publicly sharing that with his real name attached seems really shitty.
posted by rosswald at 4:47 PM on June 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


Well, media, find the rest of the people on the plane and get to the bottom of this. CNN, you can do this!
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:47 PM on June 8, 2012


all i know is that i would need a lot more then three heinekens to think that removing my wedding ring while in the bathroom is going to fool the chick i'm hitting on.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 4:48 PM on June 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh -- my -- gah -- someone dropped the DRRRAMABOMB, y'all

Nthing the idea that this seems at best contrived, at worst the work of someone who's kind of a jerk and idly causing people problems for no real good reason I can see (from reading her own account of the "incident").
posted by kittens for breakfast at 4:48 PM on June 8, 2012


"Wait, how is she the bad guy?"

I found myself intensely disliking him and sort of liking her while reading this; but, really, she's much more in the wrong than he is. He (assuming this is all true) was dishonest with her about his marriage, and he is (probably) being dishonest and unfaithful to his spouse, but the last two are the couple's business. The first is hers and his business.

Giving enough details to 13,000 people to easily identify this guy takes violation of trust to another level and could likely create far more harm than anything that he did.

He's not in the right. He's in the wrong. But responsibility for wrongs is not zero-sum. That he's in the wrong doesn't absolve her from her own bad choices. And she made a bad, very self-indulgent choice. Like his, only worse.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:49 PM on June 8, 2012 [7 favorites]


What I don't get is why she didn't just say something like, "Hey, that's interesting. I think I'm going to read/sleep/do sudoku/etc now, thanks." They're both jerks.
posted by smirkette at 4:50 PM on June 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wait, how is she the bad guy?

I definitely felt my sympathy shifting when she tweeted his name/picture.
posted by overglow at 4:50 PM on June 8, 2012


I saw this yesterday. No one comes out of it well, do they?

Yeah, I'm sure the model and the actor are both devastated by all this free online publicity.
posted by John Cohen at 4:51 PM on June 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


Both are doing sucky things. Smirkette's response would have been appropriate.
posted by arcticseal at 4:53 PM on June 8, 2012


She said, he said.
posted by Cranberry at 4:54 PM on June 8, 2012


What I don't get is why she didn't just say something like, "Hey, that's interesting. I think I'm going to read/sleep/do sudoku/etc now, thanks."

Yeah, you'd think any model would have plenty of experience deflecting unwanted flirting.

I'm definitely of the mind that they both come out of this looking bad. Even assuming her version of the story is 100% true, I'm pretty sure that as a society we don't want to encourage moral vigilantism of publicly outing people who lie about their personal lives to strangers.
posted by camcgee at 4:55 PM on June 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


weapons-grade pandemonium: “I am not sure who I like least--Brian or Melissa, but none of this is really my business.”

DarlingBri: “Seriously? This is even a question?”

You're right. She's much, much worse. "DID I JUST RUIN THIS GUY'S LIFE ON TWITTER? LOLOLOLOLOL"
posted by koeselitz at 4:56 PM on June 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


I hate it when a "Hail Mary" turns into "Divine interception".
posted by drlith at 4:56 PM on June 8, 2012


I think I would have noticed my conversation partner tweeting and I would have thought "that's not cool" and stopped hitting on her because she would be all on her phone while someone was talking to her.
posted by fuq at 4:57 PM on June 8, 2012


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