03/10/2008 11:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Silda Spitzer, Human Prop

Why do so many wives of famous men suck it up and stand grimly by, like a prop for the photo op, as the hubby spills his guilty guts for the cameras?

Silda Spitzer looked like she might have had a gun at her back, but there she was nonetheless, "at his side,'' as the saying goes.

Girlfriend, he was [allegedly] whooping it up with a hooker named Kristen! Stick with the marriage if that's what you want, by all means -- but let him twist in the wind alone. Just once, as the husband takes his place at the confessional microphone, I'd like to see a wronged wife walk onstage with him -- and just keep on walking, suitcase in hand, exit stage right.

YouTube has scored nearly a half-million hits for the recent video of a well-known Chinese broadcaster crashing a big Beijing Olympics press conference and, in front of those five big symbolic rings, accusing her husband -- an even better-known Chinese broadcaster -- of having an affair. She dodges and weaves like a champion welterweight, ducking and shaking off the musclemen who try to hustle her offstage, and manages to say her piece in front of the world's press.

Now that's what I'm talking about!