YouTube can be a path to celebrity, but also a path to bitterness and regret, as we are seeing in the case of Kevin Heinz and Jillian Peterson, whose bright idea to turn their wedding march into a dance routine to Chris Brown’s “Forever” has made them internet celebrities.
But these innocent Minnesotans tried to step up into the big world of network television, and their hubris led to inexorably to heartache and (briefly) homelessness:
The couple were offered a chance to recreate their dance routine on ABC’s Good Morning America. But unaware of the vagaries of exclusivity contracts, they also accepted an invitation to appear on NBC’s Today Show. ABC, the couple now says, responded by withdrawing the airfare and hotel room they’d given them to come to New York, leaving them, in Heinz’ words, “kicked out of our room,” which as anyone who’s seen The Out-of-Towners knows is a grim situation indeed.
NBC, sensing a PR coup, stepped in to cover the couple’s costs, but the poor country mice have apparently been soured on our town forever. “New York is cutthroat, that’s what we’ve learned,” says Heinz. And Peterson’s mother says the bride is “done talking to the media.” The media — is there anything we aren’t guilty of?
But the couple are getting unfriendly reactions elsewhere, too. Bill Underwood of the Phoenix Examiner has denounced their sacrilegious nuptial terpsichore. “What does the JK Wedding Entrance Dance say about Society?” he asked. “The fact that we live in a world of gay marriages, quickie marriages and even quicker divorces, and just plain silly marriages like the one in the Wedding Dance video, comes as no surprise to students of the Bible,” Underwood adds, and quotes scripture to imply that Heinz and Peterson are “puffed up with pride” and “love pleasure more than they love God.”
We expect Heinz and Peterson will know better when they have their next wedding. Meanwhile here are some earlier YouTube wedding video celebrities, all of whom, we are told, are now living apart and miserable in rooming houses across America.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 28, 2009