Still, I can't help but think that we're responsible for this engagement, and by "we," I mean you, me, and everyone else in America who has been sniggering about the couple for the last few weeks.
Time was, Hollywood produced sham couples, the public realized it was a stunt, and everyone played along. The Cruise-Holmes affair has been mocked by everyone in America--even by CNN anchors--since Day 1. In public, in private, on blogs, on TV programs, in newspapers. No one has pretended for even a moment that this might be the real thing.
And so Tom Cruise, confronted with a hostile public and press, decided he had to take it up a level:
You don't believe we're dating? Fine, well we're in love!
You don't believe we're in love? Fine, we're thinking about getting engaged!
You don't believe we might get engaged? There's the ring, bucko. Let's get nuts!
It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George has lied to his future in-laws about his house in the Hamptons and, rather than concede what they all know is a lie, he keeps upping the stakes, driving them out to the beach in the middle of the night, describing the atrium, going all the way to the end of the island, and then, finally, setting off on foot to the dunes, crying, "LET'S GET NUTS!"
This is where Cruise is now, and if we don't all start going along with it, poor Katie will have to get pregnant on their wedding night.