In what might be called the Slatiest piece that Slate ever slated, this post "in defense of May-December marriages like Hugh Hefner's" plays devil's advocate while tilting at windmills. It must be tiring.
At issue, of course, is the squick factor implicit in Hef's recently-announced engagement to the 23-year-old Crystal Harris. Slate's Christopher Beam deems the mass cringing as an irrational prejudice borne of misplaced busybody impulses — when, in fact, the risk factors are no greater than for most other marriages. He then goes on to list various May-December relationships — including Woody Allen's and Morgan Freeman's rather unsavory situations — presumably as a means of demonstrating that they can endure. Perhaps, but this is where his conclusion goes awry: