Not a joke: New York Times bestselling author Snooki will be paid $32,000 by the Rutgers University Programming Association for appearing at two “student-produced comedy Q&A sessions” yesterday. This has generated great controversy, as that’s $2,000 more than the amount Toni Morrison, who, you know, won a Pulitzer, will be paid to deliver the school’s commencement address in May. Shocking!
And yet, is it? After all, Snooki gets $30,000 an episode to be on the Jersey Shore, a show on which Toni Morrison has never even been asked to appear! We choose our celebrities, you know — they don’t choose us. All we can do is live to regret it.
Then again, with advice like, “Study hard, but party harder” (that’s Snooki, not Morrison), what is there to regret?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 1, 2011