NOW THAT’S FUNNY
Students at Rutgers University, still smarting from the scandal of Snooki’s appearance, have suggested that Bruce Springsteen visit the school as the antidote to Snooki.
In an effort led by freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli, a Facebook page was established on April 2 to galvanize the movement to get Springsteen to visit and perform a Q&A like Snooki did.
Well, it is Lent, after all. Perhaps the sins of the Snooki can be wiped clean by the appearance of the Boss.
Oliveto is embarrassed by the attention Snooki’s appearance generated, and the tacky impression of Rutgers that it may leave in people’s minds. “We’re a smart institution. We’ve produced Nobel Prize winners. We have a great reputation,” Oliveto said.
I know we all like to criticize the Schnookmonster, but hey, SOMEONE is watching her show. Someone is also watching The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser, and all those Housewives shows. Human train wrecks are big business, in case you haven’t noticed. And as much as we all decry the situation (pun intended!), the fact is that those train wrecks are making tons of money and garnering a lot of our attention. Charlie Sheen was at Radio City Music Hall this weekend. Need I say more?
I admire these students for their sense of moral outrage, and I agree that Springsteen represents some of the best that art and humanity have to offer. But would his message be that much better than Snooki’s “study hard, but party harder” advice?
Here are some of Bruce’s lyrics:
“I learned more from a three minute record, baby, then I ever learned in school.”
“Hey little girl, is your daddy home, did he go away and leave you all alone?”
“Strap your hands ‘cross my engines.”
Parents, you’re paying upwards of $35,000 a year to send your child to Rutgers. Are these the lessons you want reinforced to them? Or would you prefer some tips on job hunting?
Snooki was paid $32,000 for her visit, but the students want Bruce to appear for free. How do you think that makes him feel? Perhaps like “someone took a knife baby, edgy and dull, and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul.”
Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Sign up for her mailing list at www.pamlobley.com.