I'd bet most fans of Jersey Shore aren't taking it too seriously, but Cathy Horn, who interviewed Snooki, her father, and a pop culture expert for yesterday's New York Times Snooki profile, has a serious problem with at least one of the stars. The piece, which opens with the line: "Flake, cow, loser, slut, idiot, airhead, trash, penguin, creep, moron, midget, freak, Oompa-Loompa, nobody," is filled with contempt for the tanned 22-year-old.
Her physical appearance is ridiculed: "She is busty and short-waisted with small legs; sort of like a turnip turned on its tip," as is her intellect: "Trying to hold a conversation with Snooki is a little like getting down on your hands and knees with a child." But even the nicer points are thinly veiled, and rather harsh, backhanded compliments. Check out five fake compliments that stood out to me:
- She's like Elizabeth Taylor: "The reason she makes me think of Elizabeth Taylor — quite apart from the unbridgeable divide of talent and beauty — is that photographs of Ms. Taylor in the 1960s, many of which recently ran in Vanity Fair, confirm a short, busty woman with high hair, big jewelry, garish taste in clothes and a complete indifference to the cyclonic effect that all that produced."
- She's delicious . . . artlessness: "As much as Professor Thompson is a fan of the show, 'I certainly wouldn't want to be stuck in an elevator with her.' . . . He thinks she has a 'delicious artlessness.'"
Get the rest after the jump.
- She's an icon: "'If you were to draw a cartoon of her, you would know immediately who she is,' said Chris Linn, the executive vice president for pilots at MTV. 'She’s an icon.'"
- She's not self-centered: "Sometimes you almost think you need to bribe her with a piece of candy to coax her to be more responsive. She is really only responsive to her own immediate needs and desires. She is not self-centered, but she is used to acting out and getting away with it."
- Her look is interesting: "Lots of 22-year-old women wear revealing clothes, but they may not have her body shape, and it’s a safe bet they’re not rocking a pouf. Though that may change when a line of Snooki hair products comes out. Anyway, the effect has been interesting."
I think it's safe to say the author won't be taking advice from Snooki anytime soon.