Friday, April 10, 2015

Mary Kay Letourneau Talks to Barbara Walters Tonight...Why Bother?

Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau , Vili Fualaau and Barbara Walters chat on TV April 10, 2015.
Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau , Vili Fualaau and Barbara Walters chat
tonight on 20.20. (ABC)
Some stories will just not go away no matter how much to try to ignore them. Like watching a train wreck being intrigued and horrified at the same time, I might be one of the millions of Americans watching ABC's 20/20 tonight and then regretting it afterward.

Tonight in an “exclusive” interview, Barbara Walters will interview Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau and her husband Vili Fualaau on the eve of their 10th anniversary. How sweet. You may have forgotten that Mary Kay was a sixth-grade teacher in the Seattle area who had an affair with her 13-year-old student (Vili), got pregnant with his children and went to prison for seven years because of the inappropriate relationship. 

According to the press release, Mary Kay will discuss her plans to return to teaching, have her registered sex offender status revoked and explain how the two of them make marriage work despite their difference in age. After all this time, she still doesn't appear to know that she did anything wrong. Ironically, her husband will share how about his bouts with alcoholism, depression and why he believes that the system failed him as a minor. To add to all of the hoopla, the Fualaau's will introduce to the world their two daughters, Audrey and Georgia, who are now teenagers. 

This isn't Mary Kay's first interview with Walters. She talked to the icon in 2004 right after she was released from prison and talked about her wedding plans. “We’ve always planned that and it hasn’t changed,” she told Walters at the time.

Certainly, ABC is airing the interview as a ratings booster and you really can't fault anyone to find it interesting. However, at the same time, it is sad that ABC would want to be a part of this given that Mary Kay will no doubt try to explain away her bad behavior. Since the initial incident took place, numerous other female school teachers from across the country have been arrested for the same crime. While I doubt that any of them were “inspired” by Mary Kay, the fact that teacher/student affairs is no longer shocking to us is scary. Lets just hope that somebody doesn't think this would make for a great reality show.

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