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Here's a Very Awkward Marriage Proposal That Happened Live on 'Today'

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This morning on Today, Al Roker was about to do the weather when he took a detour and introduced a woman who works at a non-profit. Simone Jhingoor was prepared to talk about the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation — which sounds great and important — when suddenly, her boyfriend, Chirag Shah, showed up with a rather self-centered ("I moved, MY dream") over-rehearsed speech that turned into a marriage proposal. Bait and switch, dude.


As Simone realized what was happening, she tried to fix her hair. She had a tight-lipped smile on her face, but she seemed slightly annoyed. Still, Chirag got on one knee and Simone "yes." Their friends were behind her, cheering. There was a stiff hug.

But immediately afterwards, when Al asked if she had any idea Chirag was about to propose, Simone said, "No! I thought I was here talking about my organization. I'm giving back to the community!" Right. You thought it was your moment — you were excited for your moment — and he made it all about him. And Chirag told Al that he and Simone had rehearsed what she'd say in her non-profit-promoting interview, which she never got to do. Post-proposal, the body language between the newly-engaged couple was not good; they were standing pretty far apart from each other. Anyway. Every little girl dreams of having Al Roker share an intimate moment like that. Good luck, guys.


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Am I alone in thinking that these proposals are super manipulative on the man's part? Because so many women would say yes just to avoid humiliating the guy (and yes, I've seen the videos on YouTube of women who do say no).

Watching these types of proposals always make me really uncomfortable...