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Viral Video of the Day (4/18/08)

Adam Schleichkorn Friday, April 18, 2008 ,

Divorce - YouTube Style

By now we've all heard of the so-called "YouTube divorce" video, where playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith rants about how little she gets in the event of a divorce from her wealthy husband Philip J. Smith, a Broadway theater mogul. Occasionally tearing up, she reveals that she is about to be "evicted" from her apartment because of a clause in her ill-advised pre-nup. Then Walsh-Smith offers the YouTube viewing public a whole bunch of so-called dirt, such as that Smith owned Viagra, dirty magazines, and prophylactics, even though she says they "never had sex" because of his heart condition. There's a vague reference to Smith having allegedly "hacked" his wife's computer -- but what the Sam heck does that mean?

This video doesn't herald a new era in divorce, where spouses humiliate each other online instead of hashing out their differences in the living room or in court. As is eminently clear from the planning and execution of the video -- which is clearly edited by someone who knew what they were doing -- this is a performance piece by a theater professional. Even down to the "prepare for a sequel" message at the end: "Will Poor, Vulnerable Tricia be Evicted? Or Will Mean Bad Husband do the Right Thing? Stay Tuned!"


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