Tuesday, April 12, 2011
When did we become so dumb?
It does make you scratch your head and wonder, "When did so many people become so stupid?"
Case in point today: Students at Rutgers University are trying to get Bruce Springsteen to play at the college. Now that seems reasonable, since Rutgers is in New Jersey and The Boss is a Jersey guy.
But that's not the reason they want him. So why are they courting him via a Facebook page? As an attempt at a "salvation."
According to The Associated Press, the Facebook campaign -- "Let's Bring the Boss to Rutgers!" -- is meant to counteract fallout from a recent appearance by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
Get this: The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Snooki of that esteemed "Jersey Shore" um "reality show," $32,000 to answer questions. You have to wonder exactly what she could say that is worth that fee.
And that sum is $2,000 more than Rutgers will pay Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address next month.
Oh yeah, now I get it. There's no comparison between the intellectual capabilites of Snooki and Morrison. If you don't get the sarcasm, you're a Snooki fan.
Again, when did we get so dumb?
Of course the students were free to book whomever they wanted, according to Rutgers University President Richard McCormick.
"We don't censor who they invite," McCormick said.
The students hope Springsteen would either perform or have a question-and-answer session similar to the sit-down Snooki gave last month.
So far, no word from Springsteen's publicist.
Well, Snooki would be a hard act to follow....