Anatomy Of A Publicity Stunt

So the rumors are swirling that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are getting married. I called the local hardware store: there have been no reports of 13-year-old girls tearfully buying pitchforks. Therefore, I'm pretty sure this rumor is false.

The rumor, of course, was sparked by an offhand quote Hudgens made to the News Of The World, of all places, stating that she and Efron "haven't set a date and if we did we'd keep it secret for as long as possible. Why? What if one of us was offered a major film part? Then we'd have to postpone our marriage and people would say we'd split up. And we don't want that," which is the vaguest "yes, we're getting married" statement of all time. Remember when you were so in love with your boyfriend when you were 15, and you were totally sure you'd get married "someday?" It's kind of like that.

Interestingly enough, there have not been any statements from the reps of either actor: this is possibly because Hudgens has a film that opens this weekend, and a little extra buzz on the gossip sites, based on a vague quote from a British tabloid, probably never hurt anybody. If the High School Musical kids were really getting married, I'm pretty sure they'd have done a better job announcing it, complete with a "YES! WE'RE ENGAGED!" cover of People magazine, a morning show whirlwind tour, and a tie-in with Kleenex, to help ease the mourning of tweens everywhere.

Or perhaps these two really are getting married, and the kids just don't care anymore. Singing and dancing can't quite compete with vampires, werewolves, and sparkly dreams comes true.

Zac & Vanessa To Wed [News Of The World]