Actress Olivia Munn of the TV show Perfect Couple spent her St. Patrick’s Day drinking green beer with Today Show host Hota Kotb and discussing the fact that 1 in 4 women don’t like the way they were proposed to.
Hota mentioned that she enjoyed her proposal, when her (now ex-) husband asked her to marry him on a horse-drawn carriage ride in New York’s Central Park. As soon as Hota says the word “carriage,” you can see Olivia’s smile fade and a look of disgust washes over her.
Olivia mocks the host (only somewhat playfully), saying:
“Did you guys just watch an 80s chick flick? …And then go off…and then did you realize that it’s really horrible to ride in those carriages with those poor horses?”
“You accepted a proposal in a carriage ride in Central Park. What does that say about you?”
Kotb said she thought it meant she was “romantic.” And all Olivia could do was grab her beer.
You can learn more about the abuse and hardships horses in the carriage industry face — and fight to end horse cruelty in New York City by signing our petition to the New York City Council.
Olivia — unlike, apparently, Hoda — knows the cruelty behind horse-drawn carriages and has spoken out against them in the past.
In fact, Olivia says her worst romantic date would involve a horse-drawn carriage. She told PETA:
“The least romantic thing to do in New York or any other city is going on horse-drawn carriage rides…[I]f you knew the pain and misery these beautiful animals endure just to fulfill the false symbol of uniting two hearts, it would actually break your heart. To see the horses in the harsh, cold weather being forced to cart people around is the farthest thing from romantic in my opinion.”
And if you care about this important issue, please share the action with your friends — especially those in New York — so that we can have a maximum impact and ban New York horse carriage abuse once and for all.
Photo via Tomas Fano on flickr.