Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Can Anyone Explain This to Me?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011.......


Last week I heard on the news that Snooki from the reality show, Jersey Shore, was paid $25,000 to speak at Rutgers University on partying and tanning. What's more astonishing is that Nobel-Prize winner, Tonie Morrison, is getting less for making the commencement speech.

Initially I laughed, but then I started thinking, how much does it cost to have a celebrity speak at an engagement, so I did a little research. For under 10K I can hire the following:

Reality TV Personality - Jillian Harris
Model - Kim Alexis
Actress - Mackenzie Phillips
Music - Beatlemania

Granted there are a slew of other speakers within this price range, but I didn't have a clue who they were. So, I did a little more digging....

Lance Armstrong gets over $50,000, Jay Leno and Donald Trump over $100,000, but did I expect to pay anything less?

What I was surprised about, assuming info on the Internet is accurate, I was pleasantly surprised that Jacques Pepin's fee is under $20,000. I adore Jacques Pepin. My dream job would to be his assistant....wait, I'm getting sidetracked.

Point of my findings is that Snooki, gets $32,000? Am I missing something?

11 comments:

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I'm just....I don't get it at all. Anything to do with that awful show. It should be used as a "DO NOT DO THIS" example to high school kids, like those videos they used to show of nasty car wrecks to discourage drunk driving. Snooki is the luckiest person on Earth. She has no skills, looks ludicrous, can't do anything...she gets paid a lot of money to get drunk and cause drama that she'd do anyway for free. It's the public's fault though. If people didn't watch that train wreck, they'd all be back to working in Footlocker by now.

Brian Miller said...

she was on wrestling last night too...

maria.palermo said...

LMB, Snooki is a HUGE hit with the college kids. My niece and all her dormmates all tune into the Jersey Shore and even in speaking with all the new hires that come in for training at my company all tell me how their guilty pleasure is watching the Jersey Shore. Go figure. I think they give a bad name to all Italians!

Titania said...

When Is aw that she was paying $32,000 to SPEAK in a major UNIVERSITY, I must confessed I thought first it was some sort of a joke, I refused to believe it. When I finally realized it was true, I felt ashamed.

Sassy Sassy said...

If I was paying tuition for my kid to go to Rutgers, I'd ask for my money back. :o(

Little Ms Blogger said...

Veg Ass - Okay, I love that you envision her at footlocker. Maybe she can make a public service video for high schools and give them a discount because she isn't in person. I'm hoping her 15 minutes of fame ends soon.

Brian - I saw an ad that she was going to be on the WWE and my only thought was why.....

Maria - I understand, she's popular, but this is a major university with a good reputation. But $32k??? That's just crazy.

Titania - I did too! When I realized it wasn't, it began to annoy me and question what other people got for speaking engagements.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Sassy Sassy - ME TOO!

Captain Dumbass said...

Mackenzie Phillips for under ten grand?!?! Sweet!

DB said...

Now I do enjoy me a little Jersey Shore but I saw that same news item and thought - yikes. This fine university is the state university in NJ. Land of big hair and tons of people just like Snooki. The world is probably coming to a end soon.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Captain - I wonder if her price dropped AFTER she gave up the drugs....

DB - I still can't $32k for a 1/2 hour talk on tanning & partying. Why can't someone pay me $32k to talk about the benefits of ironing my sheets.

Jewels Diva® said...

What a crock of shit! Seriously, I heard this and thought what everyone else thought.

"WHAT'S SHE GONNA TALK ABOUT?"

What a waste of money. Does the school think all the kids are going to end up like her? Do they think that's where the kids are headed even if they finish college? That they have no future anyway so they'll treat them to Snooki so they can see what sort of life they're in for?

God's sake!