Infidelity Hits The Mainstream

When something is written up in The New York Times’ style section, it means it has hit the mainstream. For example, vampires had been hot for more than a year when the Times gave them an article on the section’s front page. The paper doesn’t jump the gun on anything, so we were surprised by the couple the Times chose to feature in its “Vows” column, even though they’ve recently included a tattooed couple and one that was married in candy wrapper outfits. Sarah Kabanuck and David Miller met while acting opposite one another in the Broadway production of “La Bohème.” The fact that they met at work doesn’t even register on the scandal scale, because there was another important factor in their meeting:

Like the conflicted characters they played, they faced many obstacles to happy romance. It wasn’t all that operatic (though he did lose a job at one point). She was married and he had a reputation as a womanizer. Yet as Ms. Kabanuck later remarked: “Love doesn’t necessarily make logical sense.”

So, someone who was married fell in love with someone who was not her husband. This happens, of course, but we can’t believe the Times highlighted Kabanuck’s infidelity. They went on to detail how Kabanuck spent two weeks in Paris with Miller, who was there for work, and when she returned to the States, she moved out of “the home in New Jersey that she shared with her husband.”

While we have no idea what was going on in Kabanuck’s marriage before she started seeing Miller — she told the Times that leaving her marriage and devoting herself to Miller was difficult — we bet her ex-husband doesn’t appreciate how his relationship’s demise is being paraded around in public. And what does this say about the Times? Is infidelity so mainstream now that the paper doesn’t bat an eyelash when a couple’s relationship starts when one of the two is still married? My, how the paper has embraced modern marriage (and divorce). [NY Times]