He’s Just Not Into You [UPDATE: Is It Real?]

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

There’s something about this I find particularly cruel.

Of course, there are times when you just have to end a relationship.  But it just shouldn’t be done this way.

Ryan Burke is a UNC senior.  His girlfriend, Mindy Moorman, was a NC State sophomore.  He wanted to break up with her because she cheated on him (although, as it turns out, he cheated on her, too).

So how did he do it?  He promoted the event on Facebook, inviting people to watch "a bad public breakup").  And, on Valentine’s Day, he invited Moorman to meet him at popular gathering spot on the UNC Chapel Hill campus for a "surprise".  She arrived …and there, in front of a crowd of about 1,000 — and a singing a cappella group — he dumped her.

Cameras were rolling, and the videos have gone viral at YouTube.  Here’s how it went down:

Here’s a post breakup interview with Ryan:

Look, I realize that we’re ALL "Time’s Person Of The Year" in that it is now technically possible to air our dirty laundry in front of the whole world.  But just because we can does that mean we should?  This whole spectacle reflects badly on everyone involved (including, I might add, the schools).   Seriously, dudes and dudettes — take this shit to Jerry Springer.  Don’t be so arrogant as to think that the world cares about your train wreck.

UPDATE:  ABC News in Raleigh covers the story — is it a hoax?