July 27, 2010

AMERICA LOVES SNOOKI

America loves Snooki. She tells is like it is and doesn't pretend to be something she's not. People look up to her—you don't think that Governor Christie would be going around with a megadark suntan if Snooki hadn't made that look cool, do you?
- Marc Peyser, Newsweek's culture editor.
Let me point out, just very quickly, the most damning (if not intentionally so) sentence here. "She tells is like it is and doesn't pretend to be something she's not."

It is bad enough that smart children in school get teased, mobbed and generally put down, it is bad enough that we now live in a world where it is the ones who work hard and think and innovate are the ones being looked down on.

But no, America's culture (and I am sorry to say this) is in some kind of reverse evolutionary downward spiral ...

(that's okay, at least a quarter of Americans don't believe in evolution, anyway)

...that has gone from tolerating stupidity to accepting it and now – in the post George W. Bush and Paris Hilton years – not only idolizing but also worshipping it as the height of "intellectual honesty".

She tells it like it is and doesn't pretend to be something she's not.

We live in a world where thought has become thought crime.

Now, go and put that on a fucking t-shirt.

[UPDATE] For some reason that completely eludes me I gave Snooki an -e at the end in the original headline. I corrected it, and apologise for that earlier mistake.  Perhaps my brain simply refused to accept that name and tried to make some sense of it. Whatever the reason, my apologies for that.