June 13, 2004

Yo, Canada

My post about the Taylor-Lopez Concidence? was featured in an article in the Ottawa Daily Citizen over the weekend. (Subscription required.) Their fact checkers missed the correct spelling of Richard Burton's character's name in Cleopatra but the article is still a humourous take on the J. Lo's nuptuals. (Also, I'm pretty sure I said "institution" and not "institute" when referring to marriage.)

I guess I'm a pundit now, at least for Canadians, which is why I filtered this post through a special spellcheck for my readers from north of the border.


Taylor-Lopez Coincidence Sparks Web Conspiracies
The Ottawa Citizen
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Byline: Misty Harris

In the tradition of the Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidence, the conspiracy theory linking the assassinations of two U.S. presidents, purveyors of popular culture now bring us the Taylor-Lopez Coincidence. Although its observations are more obvious than eerie, the theory linking eternal newlyweds Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Taylor is already getting international attention.

Within 24 hours of being posted at PlanetGordon.com this week, the Taylor-Lopez Coincidence had been seen by nearly 8,000 sets of eyes around the world. Traffic on the site, which is run by New York writer Doug Gordon, has more than doubled and continues to increase daily.

"We're so concerned with gay people threatening the institute of marriage, but we really should start with celebrities," says Gordon, who gained notoriety earlier this year for his online diary of his adventures as a metrosexual groom.

"When you're just a commoner like me, you take marriage a little more seriously."

Lopez, 33, has already been through two marriages that had the approximate shelf life of milk. Six months prior to her nuptials last weekend with Marc Anthony, she broke off her much-publicized engagement to actor Ben Affleck.

"She's got a lot of time to catch up to Liz," Gordon says, laughing.

The Taylor-Lopez Coincidence include nuggets such as the fact Taylor married Richard Burton, who played Marc Anthony in the movie Cleopatra, while Lopez married a man named Marc Anthony. Taylor married Republican senator John Warner, while Lopez falls in love with a man running for senate in the film Maid in Manhattan. Both actresses launched their own line of perfumes.

"I don't know if Elizabeth Taylor had a personal assistant named Lopez or if Jennifer Lopez had a personal assistant named Taylor," Gordon muses, alluding to the Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidence.

Lopez is hardly the first celebrity to be compared to the iconic serial bride. Just three years ago, Julia Roberts was baptized the Liz Taylor of her time after a decade-long epidemic of failed relationships.

Peter Shankman, chief executive officer of the publicity firm The Geek Factory, calls it being "Taylor-ified."

"It gives people something to bond over at the water cooler," he says. "Even though (having multiple weddings) isn't as scandalous as it was in the '50s and '60s, it's still a helluva lot more interesting than what's going on in our pitiful lives."

Bookmaker Ladbrokes is already offering 10-to-1 odds that Lopez will "marry more than eight times in her life, beating Taylor." But Shankman asserts that no celebrity will ever replace the legendary actress, whom he calls the Edmund Hillary of marriage.

"J.Lo is trying to do what Elizabeth Taylor knew how to do," he says. "Of course, Liz Taylor didn't make Gigli."

Posted by The Groom at June 13, 2004 10:19 PM

Nice. I'm the other guy quoted in there with you. Well done.



Posted by: Peter at June 15, 2004 11:44 AM