Headed to The Ethics Alarms “Funny! But Unethical” Files: Ethics Dunce Christina Meador

Told by her bride-to-be sister that that she could wear “anything” as maid of honor at the wedding, Christina Meador had the brilliant inspiration to acquire a T-Rex costume and show up for the Nebraska ceremony dressed like a promotion for the next Jurassic Park sequel.

Posting the soon-to-go-viral photo on Facebook, the Maidasaurus wrote that she “regrets nothing.” Indeed, it’s a very funny scene. It was also an unethical stunt that made the event about the wacky maid of honor rather than the couple being wed. Laughs notwithstanding, the gag was a betrayal of trust.

Believe me, I am somewhat sympathetic. I was once the best man at a wedding before which the bride had dared me to show up in a chicken suit. I was tempted. I love chicken suits. Nevertheless, I decided that it would have been wrong.

The very least a wedding pair should be able to count on is for the day of their marriage to be one time, among very few in their lives, when everyone’s attention and thoughts are focused on them. Christina Meador robbed her own sister and the man she loves of that for a practical joke and 15 minutes of fame.

It was a rotten thing to do.

17 thoughts on “Headed to The Ethics Alarms “Funny! But Unethical” Files: Ethics Dunce Christina Meador

  1. I would wager that she showed up to the wedding with 2 options and was further encouraged by the bride who doubled-down and stuck by her word. In such a scenario, does the ethics calculus change?

    • Judging by the sartorial choices of the groom and officiant, and the footwear all around, this appears to have been a particularly informal affair. I suspect you’re right, Tim, that the bride was okay with the costume (possibly even had approved of it ahead of time), and that if she had truly objected, there was a plan B at the ready.

      • Nicely done. I mean, the wedding is in a backyard, the gazebo is a Rainbow Play System swing set, the lead crystal flower vases are Coke bottles (I would have preferred Dr. Pepper but you can’t have everything . . .), the groom is wearing sneakers and rolled up sleeves displaying his tattoos, and the blushing bridesmaids (except dino girl) are wearing flip flops, Keds Allstars and Reeboks (possibly New Balance – I can’t tell). Methinks this couple eschews convention and tradition and places value on self-expression and silliness.

        jvb

      • Yeah, that was my take, too, from all the visual cues. This family did not have a rehearsal dinner at La Tour d’Argent and a destination wedding on Mykonos. God bless em, this is likely the most memorable thing they’ll have to look back on, & if it makes them smile when they do, I’ll refrain from clutching my pearls.

    • The Daily Mail’s article on this gives a lot more detail, including some quotes from the bride and sister. Sounds like the costume had the full approval of the bride.

  2. Yeah, it was. Weddings are supposed to be a celebration of the bride and groom, among other things. This woman made it more about her and took attention away from the actual celebrants.

    Not cool.

  3. But that’s not how the family is presenting it.

    ‘I was trying to think of something that I would be willing to wear more than once and thought to myself, “Well, she did say anything, and if I’m spending more than $50, I want it to be a dinosaur costume, because they’re fantastic and I’ve always wanted one.

    ‘I sent her a text so that she could have a laugh – surprisingly she was ok with it!’

    • Or so she says now. This is like one of those Truth-Tellers and Liars island puzzles. The sister would say the same thing whether it was true or not. What else would she say: “I set out to make a laughing stock of my sister’s wedding to get some cheap social media attention”?

      I can believe one person would be this tone deaf. but not the bride and groom.

    • Or so she says now. This is like one of those Truth-Tellers and Liars island puzzles. The sister would say the same thing whether it was true or not. What else would she say: “I set out to make a laughing stock of my sister’s wedding to get some cheap social media attention”?

      I can believe one person would be this tone deaf. but not the bride and groom.

  4. Looks staged to me to get posted and go viral. Seems to have worked. The social media world we live in. Everything’s an opportunity.

    • And since we’re speaking of things ethical, if the bride was truly blindsided by the sister, what about the duty to confront. The sister or someone in the family or a close friend should have confronted the sister and said, “Change into a dress or take off, hoser.”

      I think everyone was in on the gag. The two sisters have probably been pulling stunts their entire lives. It may be an entire family of jokesters.

      • I definitely agree. The beer bottles used as vases to hold the altar flowers, the decorated swing set, and the guest wearing sneakers, demonstrate that it was obviously intended to be quite a whimsical event. A Tyrannosaurus Rex can only enhance the ambiance of such a classy event. A set up for social media.

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