Proving my theory that the cast of Jersey Shore is, in fact, completely self-aware of how they come across on their show, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi made an appearance on the Today Show to promote her second book (side-note: WHAT?!) and made sure to tell everyone that the character she plays on Jersey Shore is by no means a role model. You know, just in case you thought it was totally cool to plop your kids in front of the television screen, point at the drunk naked girls and say “be like that!” Laugh if you will, but I’m pretty sure I just described Courtney Stodden‘s mom right there. Via RadarOnline:
“I think you see more of the party side of me … on the show, but right now, you’re talking to Nicole,” the reality star told Matt Lauer. “It’s like the soft, calm, business-ready person.” Lauer asked the Marlboro, New York native if she believes she can be a figure for young women to pattern themselves after. “Snooki’s definitely not a role model — Snooki’s just there to have fun in life — Nicole, I would say, I can be a role model. I’m very strong, independent and I’m loveable, I guess,” she said.
In some sick, weird way, I think Snooki is actually smarter than people give her credit for. I mean granted, she took a job where MTV gives her a bottle of booze with the label “put this in your face”, films the ensuing train wreck, then writes her a check, so it’s not like she’s by no stretch of the imagination a poet laureate. Still, at least she can distinguish between who she is on the show and who she is in reality, which is a hell of a lot better than most other stars who slowly descended into crazy asshole tendencies (Speidi, The Situation, Tila Tequila … the list is endless really).