Have you heard of the Ashley Madison web site? Unless you frequently read TMZ, you may not have. And that’s OK. Because it is a web site that promotes adultery. And because of that, I have a huge problem with them. But it’s the publicity they received yesterday (for another reason) that may equally upset you.
Let me set the stage for this discussion… In New York, there are two professional football teams - the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Meadowlands Stadium is being built so both teams can play there. And as all of you know, large companies typically step forward and offer significant amounts of money to get the “naming rights” for a stadium. Two examples are Progressive Field in Cleveland and PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Well, TMZ is reporting that Noel Biderman, the founder of Ashley Madison, has offered $25M for the naming rights to Meadowlands Stadium. You can read the entire story here.
The running joke on the Internet today is that the NFL now has 25 million reasons to promote adultery. I, for one, hope they are smart enough to realize that this is nothing more than a PR stunt by Ashley Madison. I mean, Ashley Madison Stadium!? I think not.
Maybe people have become immune to hearing about infidelity because of stories in the news and the ongoing bizarre behavior that many celebrities exhibit. But it’s no laughing matter in my opinion. Affairs, both physical and emotional, can be devastating to families and marriages. The sad thing is that according to Ashley Madison’s web site, they have 6,205,000 registered members. Their motto is “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” I say, “Honor Your Marriage or Get a Divorce.”