Hey, did you hear the one about the woman who divorced her husband because she loves “Frozen” and he doesn’t? You probably did- the story has been picked up all over the world. A Google News search for “Frozen divorce” returns over 34,600 results.
Too bad it’s probably not true.
Here’s how Gawker describes the origin of the story:
An anonymous 31-year-old man told the cheerfully-named Japanese marriage advice forum Kikonsha no Hakaba (“The Gravesite of Married People”) that his wife has recently become obsessed with Frozen, and threatened to leave him after he asked her, “Do you really think it’s that good?”
“If you can’t understand what makes this movie great, there’s something wrong with you as a human being!” he claims she responded.
He says she’s since moved out, and will only communicate with him through their parents.
So what we have is an anonymous web forum post, from another country, translated from another language, from a website with the official, credible-sounding title “The Gravesite of Married People.” There are no names attached, no official records cited and not a shred of corroborating evidence or detail indicating that a divorce in Japan can be attributed to a disagreement over Princesses Anna and Elsa.
But leaving aside all that: It’s only one person’s side of the story. Because when it comes to people’s divorces, we all know you can always get the complete, unbiased truth from only one of the people.
Is the “Frozen” divorce story true? Who knows, it may be. But has it meant the standard of evidence to be picked up by just about every media outlet in the world? Of course not: