Like many a 90s woman, I coveted, met, fell in love and married a shoe-gazing, emo 90s man. Top reasons – a sincere, appropriately insecure dopey cute dude who’s pairing results in mutual adoration and a solid belief that neither of us WILL EVER CHEAT. The reason this Letterman situation bothers me is that I believed Dave was one of those guys.
I also enjoyed watching the Stephanie years and rooted for her even as Dave leered at Julia Roberts as she leaned in a leetle far while on her Sleeping with the Enemy promo tour. Finding out that he was going home with Stephanie gave me an initial thrill until I conjured up the image of Steph bending over Dave’s desk while he pursued a commitment and future family with another staffer. Not knowing the time line gives me enough wiggle room to not completely dismiss Letterman’s foibles, but still.
Emo boys don’t cheat. At our worst, 90s women cheat on them. Except we don’t, because they’re so sincere we can never bring ourselves to be anything but completely honest about our intentions – but I digress. Dave was supposed to be one of those guys. Now it appears, he is not. And that sucks. — April Peveteaux