You can’t stop a man who’s in love! Only, he should really consider a better candidate…

Marriage proposals in public can be a risky affair, sometimes ending with teary joy or quickly turning into awkward rejections. It’s a huge leap of faith, and no one wants to screw it up.

Despite that risk though, a few days ago one man’s love was tested when he went down on bended knee and popped the question to his beloved on a bridge overlooking a river in Chongqing, China.

“Will you marry me?”

The man scattered a bunch of rose petals on the ground to perhaps set a romantic mood. Naturally, this has attracted a bunch of onlookers.

If you really do love me, then jump into the river to prove it!” was the woman’s answer. We don’t know what possessed her to utter such an ultimatum; perhaps there wasn’t any real love in the first place.

Driven into a corner, our man looked somewhat deflated, hoping to find some way to wriggle out of the situation. The onlookers were not helping though, as they began to chant, “Jump! Jump! Jump!

Instead of backing away and thinking twice about marrying a woman who wanted him dead, the man threw down his bouquet of roses, kicked off his slippers, and promptly leapt into the river. It was all so effortless, you would have thought he was just heading to the nearest convenience store.

You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful, it’s true.

Not everyone in the crowd was heartless though, as someone quickly threw the poor chap a tire just in case, you know, he can’t swim.

▼ That’s code for “Get us a beer while you’re at the supermarket downstream.”

▼ Watch the entire thing unfold here.

On first glance, nothing seemed out of the ordinary (aside from the ridiculousness of it all). But notice that the tire was thrown to the man in less than five seconds after jumping. We can’t imagine the bridge strewn with car tires, so was it all planned?

Chinese media contacted the person who recorded the video, and as it turned out, the couple were not in a romantic relationship at all. Which is a bit of a shame, since it looked pretty genuine. But who knows, it might just be a cover up for a failed public proposal.

In any case, we all know the best way to propose is to do it while wearing a tuxedo in a wedding chapel. At least, our virtual anime brides appreciated it anyway.

Source: YouTube/George Lucas and Sohu via Toychan
Images: YouTube/George Lucas