Snooki is the Latest Sacrifice at the New York Times' Altar of Snobbery.

What Women Really Think
July 26 2010 4:23 PM

Snooki is the Latest Sacrifice at the New York Times' Altar of Snobbery.


The New York Times has always taken to pop-culture reporting like a toddler to swallowing a brussel sprout-it picks at it, cringes, and then dissects it into bits on the plate so it looks like it’s been consumed. A few months back, Lynn Hirshberg infamously "took down" M.I.A. in a profile that immediately blew up on the Internet faster than a Tamil Tiger target, with throes of commenters and bloggers calling the Sri Lankan singer a dumb fraud and a bitch. Why, exactly? In part, because of deliberately constructed, almost laughably indicative sentences like this: "I kind of want to be an outsider," she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry." ( The restaurant, by the way, was Hirschberg’s pick .)


Sure, there are elements of M.I.A.’s politics that are contradictory and hypocritical. But M.I.A. has also uttered a lot of smart, reasonable things in her career, not to mention produced some great music. But the article’s not over until the fat lady singer falls. How else to kick this musician who dares to think she’s smart enough to have a political opinion? How about quoting her ex-boyfriend saying, "She can’t really make music or art that well"? OK, cool, M.I.A. is completely worthless. Job done, I guess! Bring on the next subject. The collective of very highbrow smart people waiting to devour the next dumber-than-thou fame whore are getting hungry.

Enter Snooki . The Jersey Shore star with a penchant for pickles and a skin hue that’s still the butt of jokes on late-night TV. A perfect lamb to sacrifice at the alter of snobbery. In this weekend’s Times , Cathy Horyn approaches Snooki like an anthropologist entering a chimp habitat. You see, Horyn is a human reporter, so it’s very hard for her to relate to a creature like Snookums. She was forced to lower herself down to Snooki’s level. (Snooki is very short like an "Oompa-Loompa," lest you forget.) Horyn writes: "Trying to hold a conversation with Snooki is a little like getting down on your hands and knees with a child. You have to come down to her level, and 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." This could literally be a passage out of Jane Goodall's diary. It’s pretty insane.

If you still have your hard copy of this weekend's Times, try squeegee-ing the condescension out of the paper. Maybe we could send the residual snob oils to Snooks. You know how she love greasing up her skin.

Photograph of Snooki by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.



The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You

It spreads slowly.

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Activists Are Trying to Save an Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?