''Maybe I wanna be Wendi Murdoch, maybe that's my new thing.'' — Elijah (Andrew Rannells), on his future as a trophy wife, on Girls, Season 2, Episode 1, “It's About Time,” teleplay by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner, directed by Lena Dunham, air date January 14, 2013
Funny how some lines take on entirely new meaning within the passage of only, say, half a year after they’re released to the world. Two years ago, I noted this phenomenon in a post about the film Crazy Stupid Love and its homage to the then-epitome of love between older woman and younger man, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
Back when the year began, Wendi Murdoch must have seemed the very kind of trophy wife an aging media mogul would love to have. Who needed security when assaulted in public when you had such a tigress for a spouse?
Last summer, the storyline suddenly shifted with news that Rupert Murdoch had filed for divorce from his latest (#3) wife. Just before Thanksgiving came word from The Hollywood Reporter of their “amicable” divorce settlement—helped along, in no small part, one is sure, by one pre-nup and two post-nuptial agreements.
All of this begs the question: If this situation were being covered by a rival corporate entity, how would its New York-based screaming tabloid and its right-wing cable news outfit cover the breakup?
(This April 2010 photograph of Wendi Murdoch at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival was taken by David Shankbone.)