This man cheated on his girlfriend, and she left him. He responded to this by parading through the streets wearing a sandwich board that proclaimed: ‘I cheated on my girlfriend. I am humiliating myself to show I am sorry. I love her so much. I will do anything to get her back. I am so sorry.'”
Let’s think about this for a second. I could take back a man who had been unfaithful to me. I couldn’t take back a man who expressed his infidelity via a sandwich board. Here’s why:
1) I know that maybe it’s a symptom of our generation that we want to live in public. But I do believe that there are some things that should remain private. If he wanted to tell you how much he loved you over your Facebook wall – in a gesture that is, I suppose similar to sending flowers to your office so your friends can see you have a “good boyfriend” – I would kind of get it.Personally, I’d prefer to handle the matter privately, but, okay, yes, I might be moved by a declaration of love in front of my friends, and it might, maybe make some of them think he wasn’t the worst guy ever. But he made this declaration in front of total strangers? Why? What purpose does this serve?
2) He’s made his girlfriend looks like a shrew who takes pleasure in humiliation. I mean, this would be a pretty different situation if the sandwich board read “I cheated on my girlfriend, so we’re having a lot of long talks about how I can regain her trust, and what factors compelled me to do something so dumb.” I guess then it would be just be a “look at me! I’m living in public! No secrets from anyone!” type billboard. But this billboard seems to indicate that public humiliation = her taking him back. Because… she’s a sadist?
3)I don’t see how this is humiliating for him. He’s publicly advertising that he had a girlfriend and was still able to ball another chick. This is pretty often accepted as studly behavior among bros. I just don’t think making a unilateral decisions to expose the abundence of sex in your private life really qualifies as “humiliation.”
4) Basically, I think he’s a dumb exhibitionist. But I could be wrong! Maybe some of you think it’s romantic? I don’t know what goes on in your heads sometime.