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Are Video Proposals Online Cowardly or Cute?

Last night Tumblr users signed on to see "Marissa Nystrom, will you marry me?" bannered across their dashboards, whether or not they followed proposer Justin Johnson's blog. The link goes to this genuinely thoughtful, romantic, and well-edited video, but I presume his girlfriend follows his blog. So the only reason I can see to link the video to the world is to consummate its place in the controversial genre of public marriage proposals.

Public proposals seem unabashedly confident at first, but only the most heartless, unafraid-to-make-a-scene askee would say no. Put it on video and not only is he not asking her in person, but he's putting pressure on her to say yes in front of the largest stage of all. And when it's online, you can't leave your audience behind.

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chatondeneige chatondeneige 6 years
OK, this video was just creepy to me. I'm sure it's wonderful within the context of their relationship, but it just didn't work for me.
biarose biarose 6 years
I think this video was seriously sweet and funny.. "Three hurricanes did try to kill us.. I think they were just jelous." Lol! But, yeah, personally I wouldn't like to be proposed to on the internet.. but then again I wouldn't want to be proposed to at all. We don't know this couple, so perhaps the guy knew that his girlfriend would like this sort of proposal and that she was ready for marriage.
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
in the video he says something like "thanks for putting up with all my filming" so it seems to me that this was the personality of their relationship. i mean clearly he has a lotttt of footage of the two of them together, so i think this is very fitting. whether showing the video to the whole world is cute, that is a different story. maybe it would have been cute had he posted the video AFTER she saw it first, or after she said yes.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I don't think people propose in public to be cowardly...at least most of the time. Yes, I am sure there are many unhealthy people out there who ask such a serious question in public to try to guarantee a "yes" as an answer, even if the relationship is failing or dead-end. But the majority? Definitely not. I do think the aspect of showing people your creativity and sweetness goes into doing something like this as well, but most of all I think it's because he wants everyone, no matter who it is, to know that he loves his girlfriend and wants to marry her. I don't see an issue with that. A proposal like this wouldn't really do it for me. I wouldn't believe it was actually true if it wasn't said to my face.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
IMO they were a cute curiosity for a minute but from a psychological point of view they're cowardly.
clareberrys clareberrys 6 years
I think in a way it is cute because he put all of this footage together and it was very thoughtful and maybe even fit the personality of their relationship, but at the same time it is cowardly, unless of course he was there with her while she was watching it. And maybe when he said "Will you marry me" in the tape he said it in real life too and was down on one knee. But why couldnt he do the video without posting it all over the internet?
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Hmm. It's a really cute and sweet video, but I wouldn't want to have someone propose to me like this. Of course, I'm kinda private when it comes to my relationships — someone else might really enjoy having the world see these things. The other thing is, I'd feel like the guy wanted the world to say, "Oh, what a romantic dude!" and that is a bit of a turnoff. I once had a boyfriend who had to make sure EVERYONE knew about the romantic things he did for me — and while they were sweet and all, I kinda wondered, "Are you doing this for me or so you can look like Casanova?" But again, that's just me!
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