Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison’s Uncomfortable Interview With Billy Bush (VIDEO)
Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison are really milking all they publicity they can possibly get out of their stint on Couple’s Therapy.
Yesterday, the odd couple appeared on Access Hollywood Live to discuss and defend their controversial relationship and plug VH1’s Couple’s Therapy. Let’s just say things got a little awkward.
Billy Bush, one of Access Hollywood’s hosts, really isn’t cool with the whole age difference thing. While the interview started out relatively tame, things grew more heated as Billy took Doug to task over his relationship with the teenager.
“Doug, people are going to call you a pedophile and pervert for meeting a young girl online,” Billy scolded, after the couple revealed that they met on the Internet through mutual friends. “And they’re not that far off, I mean, you meet a young girl, start chatting with her online… you’re an actor, Green Mile, you got [a] career here in town, I’m surprised that you would do that.”
Doug was clearly incensed, and told Billy that he “would do it again, over and over and over because I fell in love with the woman I’m supposed to be with for the rest of my life.”
The actor went on to explain that they are inspired by the relationships of John and Bo Derek, as well as of Celine Dion and Rene Angelil, citing their long and presumably happy relationships as proof that his relationship is not as wrong as Billy suggested.
Here is the video, with my thoughts below:
If you’ve read any of my other articles about Courtney, you know I’m not exactly her biggest fan – I mean, have you heard “Don’t Put It On Me”? All joking aside though, here are my thoughts on Courtney and Doug.
I’m a pretty open minded person, and I think that two (or more) consenting adults can have whatever kind of relationship they want without interference. And with Courtney being 18 now, she is “technically” an adult, according to the law.
That said, watching Courtney and Doug interacting with each other gives me the creeps. Maybe it’s because I just realized that Doug played Eugene Tooms on season one of The X-Files, thus making both him and the character that much more unnerving.
Maybe it’s because she was 16 when they got married, and while I don’t believe that a person magically becomes an adult when they hit 18 (that’s a topic for another article), a sixteen-year-old is probably not mature enough to decide to make a lifelong commitment to someone 35 years her senior. And, more importantly, a 51-year-old should know better than to be in a romantic relationship with someone who just got her driver’s license.
A sixteen-year-old (particularly Courtney Stodden, who proves her immaturity every time she speaks) has a few years of maturing to do before getting into a serious relationship with someone that much older. And while Doug’s attraction to a then 16-year-old Courtney was not inherently wrong, his decision to act on it was.
Will they be able to overcome the obstacles they face as such a strange and socially-unacceptable pairing? My money is on Courtney moving on the moment they stop getting attention for their tabloid-friendly relationship. What do you think?