For a certain type of person who grew up in 1970's, today's been a difficult day of truth: The Captain & Tenille -- the kitschy pop duo best known for hits like "Muskrat Love" and "Love Will Keep Us Together" -- are getting divorced.
As the soul-rattling news shakes Twitter to the bone, many seem unable to cope with the idea that Toni Tennille (who's real name is Cathryn Antoinette Tenille) and the Captain (Daryl Dragon) couldn't resolve their troubled marriage after 39 years together. (Really, if they can't make it work, what hope do the rest of us have?) Others, paralyzed with sadness, seem to only find solace and peace of mind in the healing power of laughter, simply jumping on some iteration on the same exact tired joke -- "I guess love won't keep them together" -- reading like an echo chamber of clever-by-half puns.
Here's just a sampling:
Love Will Keep Them Together -- but for only 38 years: Captain & Tennille are divorcing http://t.co/wKtWzzxwI4— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 23, 2014
Earlier: Captain & Tennille Divorce -- Love WON'T Keep Us Together http://t.co/tbD0PG8YKv— TMZ (@TMZ) January 23, 2014
Love isn't keeping them together any longer :( Captain and Tennille have filed for divorce: http://t.co/fcQMubCMWw— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 23, 2014
Apparently, love couldn't keep the Captain and Tenille together: http://t.co/cWXHV75Ku2— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 23, 2014
Love is dead: The Captain and Tennille called it quits. http://t.co/H31td3tdlS— V.F. HOLLYWOOD (@vfhollywood) January 23, 2014
Love Tore Them Apart: Captain & Tennille to divorce after nearly 40yrs. Listen to this mashup of LWTUA & LWKUT http://t.co/3O4iBvEC7Q— Joy_Division_Central (@JD_Central) January 23, 2014
Captain & Tennille divorce?!?! But they said love would keep them together! http://t.co/gzfhyvLyiG— Marlow (@MarlowOnline) January 22, 2014
Love won't keep them together: The Captain and Tennille are splitsville http://t.co/N45zfgs39D— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 23, 2014
Apparently, love won't keep them together. Me sad. "Captain And Tennille File For Divorce After 39 Years Of Marriage" http://t.co/kvIKF4vfEk— Rick Bruner (@rickbruner) January 23, 2014
Do you think Captain & Tennille stayed together for years just to avoid "Love Didn't Keep Them Together" headlines? http://t.co/bh7yax6QJP— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua) January 22, 2014