What is the point of blatantly public marriage proposals?

You know, the kind of thing when someone puts their proposal up on the scoreboard of a baseball stadium, or something like that?

It strikes me that the point is to bully the person being asked into saying "yes," by enlisting thousands of people on the side of the proposer, rooting for a yes.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's usually a genuine attempt to make the event an "extra-special" one. You're clearly correct in one sense though: it would be received as bullying by anyone hesitant to say yes.

    Of course, there are always ways to make out-of-the-ordinary proposals without resorting to public ones. The latter should be avoided.