Famed adulteress Paula Broadwell has been picked to pieces ever since the news of her affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus became public.
But not everyone is ready to emblazon a scarlet letter across her chest — in fact, some are willing to celebrate her story, and even pay a quarter of a million dollars for it.
AshleyMadison.com is “the online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs,” according to the site. For its latest publicity stunt, the site has offered Broadwell $250,000 for the exclusive rights to her story of the affair.
In a letter to Broadwell, Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman suggested that ”[f]or a sum of $250,000 in advance plus additional royalties, we propose that you write a book reflecting upon your personal story of working closely with General Petraeus and how it transitioned into the most controversial affair of the year. (View the letter from AshleyMadison.com to Broadwell)
He continued, “With exclusive rights to the book, we will e-publish it and work with you to promote it in various ways, including a book tour and an online promotion that would reach our membership of 16 million affair seekers.”
No word on if Broadwell has considered the offer, but it is highly unlikely, because nothing says “I’m sorry husband, nation” like writing an e-book for an infidelity dating service. However, if she does goes through with it, she at least has the approval of the all-important “affair seekers” demographic.
The dating service frequently pulls stunts like this one.
Back in April, Biderman offered $1 million to a person who could prove that New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is not a virgin, as he has so piously claimed. Nobody ever came forward, so either Tebow really is a virgin, or he has a strict “no photo or video” policy in the bedroom to protect himself from insane offers such as these.
Last year, the site gave Newt Gingrich an endorsement for president that he probably did not want, when it bought a Pennsylvania billboard that read, “Faithful Republican…Unfaithful Husband.”