Doug Hutchinson, that creepy actor who played the sadistic guard in The Green Mile and one of the Dharma Initiative guys on "Lost," just made the biggest headlines of his career by marrying a 16-year-old. He's 51. The marriage was legal because the couple was not "physically involved" before the marriage, and the under-aged bride's parents signed a consent form. At first this just sounded like a sleazy old dude and a rural young 'un tying a premature and somewhat repulsive knot. But as videos of the new couple begin to circulate on the internet, this union has started to look like something else altogether: a surreal scene that makes you wonder, as one blogger did, "what's the long con here?"
First, there's the fact that 16-year-old Courtney Stodden hardly looks 16 years old: she looks like one of those 35-year-old porn stars branded "barely legal" by virtue of a school-girl outfit. To say she dresses "provocatively" is like saying the Kardashians have a few "black friends:" a complete understatement. Her parents point out that she is "deeply Christian" and was a virgin at the time of her marriage. In that case, I find it strange that she chose to wear so very little white at her wedding.
Then there's this insane video interview the couple gave where they totally over-shared about their sex life (he's a "tiger" in bed, apparently). But worse than the TMI was the fact that Courtney Stodden appears to be less of a person and more of an SNL caricature. Blogger Brill Bundy put it perfectly:
Here's the thing: we know what we're supposed to be creeped out about a 51-year-old marrying a 16-year-old. And we are. But not necessarily for the right reasons.
On the surface we should be up-in-arms because he's a pervert and she's somewhere between child and adulthood. But have you looked at her? It's hard to work up a believable level of "She's only 16! She's a baby!" outrage about a gal who looks like they skipped right over playing with Barbies to turning herself into one.
Which right there sounds uncomfortably to our own ears like we're blaming the victim ("If you dress like that what did you think would happen?"). But it's not just the clothes and frosted lipgloss. It's the constant dazed expression, hooded eyes, head-bobbing, hair-flicking, lip-pursing, tongue-flicking, chest-thrusting, hip-jutting, body-rubbing. That's not normal behavior for anyone, no matter the age.
And that's the truth. Watch this video below and be amazed at her preening and pouting, her too-corny-to-be-scripted ruminations on romance ("we're flying on the wings of love together"), and the Neanderthal "mmmhmmms" that she groans in glassy-eyed agreement with her mediocre-looking husband.
So, like, what's the long con? What's her deal? I can understand a good old-fashioned gold-digger, but this B-list actor is hardly Hugh Hefner. It's as if Anna Nicole Smith announced she was marrying a wrinkly, pruny, 89-year-old man, but instead of being a billionaire oil tycoon, he was just a retired CPA with a three bedroom split-level in Albuquerque and a reasonable social security pay out. What's the catch? If neither great looks nor great fortune is involved, WTF is she after? And, frankly, he's a good actor who seems marginally intelligent and worldly -- what's he in it for long term? She's hot, but she's that kind of hot that already looks tired at 16; at 25 she's going to just look like a collagen bag left in the sun and run over a few times. I suppose it's just her sparkling personality and maternal instincts (notice how she throws the dog at him at 1:43). Doug must be thinking, "isn't she's charming?".
To which Courtney replies, "Mmmmhmmmm."
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