Okay alt-rock NJ buffs, and readers outside the area, here's a good question: Would you care to hear that one of your favorite artists watched an incredibly popular and successful series of movies based on the equally (if not more) popular books by J.K. Rowling?
Probably not, right? Well, People magazine and ABC News had a slightly different feeling about it, and went ahead writing an entire article on the subject.
It seems that "Good Guy Chad" (Chad Kroeger, singer of Nickelback) has made it a habit of making his wife, pop singer Avril Lavigne, happy, (and rightfully so). So much in fact, that he was willing to- wait for it- WATCH A POPULAR MOVIE!
That's right, music lovers. A Canadian rock singer enjoyed a good series of movies with his wife?! (Cue the dramatic music).
The couples only been married since July, so it actually doesn't surprise me. Not only is the series good for anyone's tastes, sometimes it's just nice to sit down with someone you love, and enjoy a day of popcorn and sweatpants inside.
And at the risk of this turning into a relationship column, I'll leave that thought there.
What really bothers me enough to spark writing a column about it, is that the event has actually gone viral, trending on some social media sites across the internet. I mean, okay, music news isn't exactly jumping off the page anymore, and any writer will tell you that if you get a handle on a good story when it breaks, you don't think, you publish.
But has it dissolved so much that we actually need to report on things that border on tabloid nonsense that looks to belong in The Onion? And for that matter, even tabloids have a scandalous and titillating side that even I can admit I enjoy on occasion, but this is ridiculous to me.
Now, Chad is only 38; arguably still pretty young in this day and age, so the HP series probably wasn't all that difficult to get into, even from beginning to end. And why shouldn't he be making sure Avril is happy? Especially when the sacrifice isn't really a sacrifice.
I would've been more impressed to hear that he watched Magic Mike, The Notebook, or The Time Traveler's Wife with him, (the latter two of which, I've seen and loved). That's more of a stretch for a guy his age than is a children's epic.
I'm not really sure what we should take away from this. The HP series grew a generation of kids from the late '90s onward, and the movies got progressively more intense, and interesting for people of all ages.
So, my question for you all is, do you consider this a newsworthy story that just had to be told? Is Chad Kroeger being painted as less of a masculine figure for letting his wife "dominate what they watch?" Is it just, as they've said, that they wanted to shed some light on a celebrity doing good by his wife? (And on that note, does it matter?) Or is really that we're just running out of ideas to fill the gap between real stories and features.
You can check out the ABC article by clicking here, and leave a thought in the comments voicing your thoughts and opinions. Just keep it civil, NJ. And as always, get yourself out there.
As for Chad and Avril: A belated congratulations on your wedding, celebrity marriages can be crazy so we're all happy to hear that it's working out, and we wish you the best of luck and many years together.