Hey, Times: Lay Off Snooki
'Jersey Shore' star doesn't deserve 'condescension'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2010 10:46 AM CDT
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi attends the 2010 CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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(Newser) – Snooki probably brushed off Cathy Horyn’s “spectacularly condescending” New York Times profile. But in case she took it to heart, Mary Elizabeth Williams begs her, “do not ever change”—no matter what “that bitch from the paper of record” says. Williams may not be a Jersey Shore fan, she writes for Salon, “but having spent my career around people who brag about their SAT scores far, far into their 40s: Screw you, Times, I'm off to do body shots off a Hooter girl's navel.”

Horyn’s profile “neatly encapsulates everything most despicable about the Times and its cultural coverage—its snotty, keep 'em at arm's length, can you believe these people? attitude,” Williams continues. “There's a loose, unself-conscious joyfulness to Snooki, a don't-give-a-damn attitude that those in the more tightly sphinctered, high-class media elites seem unable to even imagine,” she writes. “For those who've spent our lives under the boots of people who believe that where they were born makes them better than us, the moment belongs to Snooki.”