Recently there was a bit of outrage that Snooki got paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University (and, assumingly, gets similar fees for her other college appearances around the country). Just as we did with the ridiculous complaints about the reality question on the SATs, we feel the need to refute these criticisms and, basically, say this:
The Libra said to me recently, “If you don’t care about Lindsey Lohan, you don’t care about the American Dream.” I obviously feel this way as well, but think Snooki is an even more apt example in this situation (Haha, situation. See what I did there? Anyway.). Some people want to put themselves through college, land a good job, settle down, and get married with their 2 kids and golden retriever. That’s great! You’ll get a nice salary, maybe even six figures if you’re really lucky, for sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day and dealing with excruciating coworkers.
OR: you could be in the right place at the right time, get spotted by producers, make a ton of money just for getting drunk at the beach with your friends, then parlay that fame into making six figures in just 4 nights work, thus making more in a year than most people make in a lifetime. Hmm. Which shall I choose?!?
But seriously. Snooki’s not dumb (no comments, please). She knows her fame and opportunity to make money like this isn’t going to last forever. If Rutgers wants to pay for it, why shouldn’t she make my entire first salary out of college for one night of talking to college kids? It’s called capitalism (kind of. You can go ahead and skip your Econ 101 class now!). I may be jealous that she gets paid hundreds of thousands more than me for what is likely a job she doesn’t want to quit every day, but I’m not going to fault her for it.
If we’re going to be mad at anybody in this scenario, let’s focus our anger at the idiots who pay Ronnie $8,000 to show up at a club–approximately $7,999.99 more than that douche is worth.