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VIDEO: Teen Bride Courtney Stodden Says, ‘God Blessed Me With My Soulmate’

Posted on | July 15, 2011 | 42 Comments

You are free to criticize the 16-year-old singer for her marriage to 51-year-old Doug Hutchison, but she says you need to take your argument to The Man Upstairs:

‘I was a virgin,’ said Courtney. ‘I knew that if I kept that, I would really be blessed with a beautiful gift. And God did. He blessed me with my soulmate. So I’m really thankful for that.’

Please note that the newlyweds are well aware what people have been saying about their marriage:

‘I’m a pervert, Courtney is a whore, Courtney’s parents are the worst parents in the world – pimps selling their daughter,’ [Hutchison] said.

And once more I remind my Christian conservative readers that, on her Facebook page, Courtney describes herself as a Christian and a Republican. She’s on our side, whether we like it or not.

UPDATE: I suppose I should have previously thanked Amanda Read, who re-Tweeted this to my attention after it was Tweeted by Dana Loesch. Sorry for the belated hat-tips. I did a quick Google search and found this bizarre reaction from Jessica Wakeman:

The segment danced around some of the very real potential psychological issues that it could have raised about a union such as this. Sure it’s legal, but is a 35-year age difference (even if she’s an “old soul”) sexually predatory? Has Courtney Stodden been “groomed” for sexual relationships with older men, despite being a virgin on her wedding night? I’m assuming the show had to skirt around any suggestion of that in order to lock down the interview.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? What kind of perverse bordering-on-libelous insinuation is that? By whom are you saying she was “groomed”?

Look: If you want to do some kind of psychoanalytic trip on this girl, go watch Courtney’s video message about cyber-bullying. Teenage peers in her hometown had, evidently, been talking trash about her online for years, and it really bothered her.

One might suppose that Courtney was a very lonely kid: Dreaming of a life far beyond her small-town roots, with aspirations for a show-business career that set her apart from her peers, and beauty that made them envious. Kids are cruel to oddballs and misfits, and that’s what she was. And if we try to understand and empathize — rather than judge and condemn — it seems rather obvious that from Courtney’s perspective, Doug Hutchison’s support and encouragement for her ambitions was like a lifeline thrown to someone on the verge of drowning.

Whether Hutchison was right to permit this vulnerable teenager to fall in love with him, and whether her parents were right to consent to their marriage, are subjects which will necessarily evoke controversy. But as for why Courtney was so strongly attracted to Hutchison, while it may seem inexplicable to many, to me the answer is right there in that video about cyber-bullying, which I again urge you to watch — and try to put yourself in her shoes.

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