The Saga of Sarah-Snooki and Glen
Even in hard times there is always something to amuse people. The past few years have given us people like Sarah, Snooki and Glen. I refer to these people by their first names as they have been so glorified by the public and media that they have become household names. All three have saturated all forms of publicity from TV, talk shows and the written news. I don’t know if they have hired publicists or are so interesting they are devoured by mass communication.
Sarah and Snooki have a few things in common. They are interesting, fascinating and attractive on TV. It don’t matter what Sarah says as she looks so pretty saying it. Snooki’s attributes are a cute demeanor and large breasts. They both have written books that have been on the NY Times best sellers list. Both came from humble beginnings and are now wealthy celebrities. Japanese proverb warns that” A pretty girl and a bag of coins take watching.
The difference between the two is that Sarah tries to appear intelligent while Snooki tries to portray the opposite façade. Sarah may be intelligent, but displays a lack of any knowledge of history and uninformed in domestic and foreign affairs, but she may do this intentionally as most of her followers are cut out of the same cloth. Her formal education is a sketchy subject, but she must intelligent as she attended 5 colleges in six years for her Bachelor’s Degree and now believes she is capable of correcting the president’s policies.
Glen is also an entertainer and made more money last year than the other two. He has had more experience in the media as he started in radio at a young age and worked himself up. He worked for CNN’s Headline news before receiving an offer from Fox. He probably became famous for the same reasons as the other two by bringing himself down to the level of his followers. Like Sarah, his interpretation of history would also receive a D-.
I’m not going into his private life, but find his conversion to the Mormon faith interesting. While courting his present wife, a Mormon who wouldn’t provide the milk without him owning the cow, motivated Glen to marry her to partake of the milk. She wouldn’t marry him if he wasn’t a Mormon and Glen was so anxious for the milk he became a Mormon. His 10% tithing of his 35 million dollar earnings should be appreciated by the church.
I enjoy all three of these characters although I have only seen Snooki on talk shows while selling her book. She is kind of cute and down to earth. They are appealing to the public as they are folksy. When I lived in the real world I had ten policies of survival I kept on my desk and read them every morning at the start of the work day. One of the survival policies was– be on guard with folksy people.
The media is fascinated with these characters and they are fodder for the late night comedians. They may be ridiculed, but they are the ones laughing at us. Although their success was brought about by accident they relate to a certain caliber of the public and cash in on this groups cerebral needs.
Poem by Calvin Trillin on Sarah’s speech on the Tuson Shooting:
From what she has told us,
We all can infer,
When anything happens,
It’s all about her.