Mitt Romney Connects To Young Folks With Dated Snooki Reference

Kind of like how you stopped listening to OK Go when your mom told you all about this great video of guys dancing on treadmills she saw on the Internet, Mitt Romney’s bald-faced lie that he likes Snooki is truly a sign Jersey Shore‘s time has passed.

Mittens and his wife Ann Romney will divulge their pop culture guilty pleasures on a pre-taped interview on Live! With Kelly And Michael airing Tuesday. "I’m kind of a Snooki fan," Mitt says, as quoted by the New York Post. He also, weirdly and creepily, lauds the 100-lb meatball for losing her baby weight so quickly. "Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight. She’s energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun." Mittens then pretended to know what a Honey Boo Boo is and his wife Ann dissed the Kardashians: "Who can keep up with the Kardashians?"

Ba-dum-dum! They’ll be here all week, folks!

Not that we needed any more proof that the Romney’s are out of touch with the average American, this dated-reference attempt at a humanizing moment proves they’re out of touch pop culturally as well.  


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Anthony Bourdain Reads From Snooki’s Novel

It’s a rather strange convergence of two popular and dramatically different television programs both entering their final seasons in fall 2012. It is also probably the only time you will ever hear writer, chef and television host Anthony Bourdain (of the soon-to-be-departed Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations) say the name “Snooki” out loud, in front of a camera.

As part of the first anniversary celebration of the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, the standstill ice creamery companion of the fan-favorite truck notorious for treats like the “Salty Pimp” and the “Bea Arthur,” a number of celebrity chefs are offering their congratulations on YouTube, including Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and the team from Charm City Cakes (of Ace of Cakes fame). But Bourdain has something special up his sleeve: a deadpan reading of an excerpt from It’s A Shore Thing, the debut novel from Jersey Shore star-turned-momma Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. I don’t think he even believes he’s doing it.  Ah well, Happy Anniversary, Big Gay Ice Cream Shop!

Snooki Can Start Drinking Again

Snooki’s bun is out of the oven and that is joyous news: the Jersey Shore train wreck can start drinking again. I mean, unless she’s breastfeeding.

Snooki gave birth last night around 3a.m. at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. I bet those Jersey suburbanites were thrilled! Child Protective Services’ newest client is named Lorenzo Dominic LaValle and is already being hailed by People as the world’s "youngest Guido." The daddy is Jionni LaValle, Snooki’s fiancé who spent the better part of the past two seasons accusing her of cheating on him. If you need to know more about the birth — say, what Snooki screamed in the throes of labor — something tells me video cameras were around to capture this special occasion.

NJ Towns Say Hell No To ‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff

Despite the promise of a marked increase in booze sales at local watering holes, two New Jersey towns have refused to allow Jersey Shore‘s spinoff Snooki and JWoww to sully their good names.

495 Productions has been scoping NJ locations where Nicole Polizzi, who is due to give birth soon, and her best friend Jenny Farley can film their second season. Season one was filmed at an apartment in Jersey City.

The Point Pleasant Beach Council unanimously denied a request by the production company to bring the ladies to town, as did Toms River. Both towns were presumably scoped out for their eagle-eyed Child Protective Services.

Glutton-for-punishment Seaside Heights, the town which has suffered through four out of six seasons of Jersey Shore (save the ones filmed in Miami and Florence), said Snooki and JWoww is always welcome back to film there. That would suit Point Pleasant Beach’s mayor, who huffed to the Asbury Park Press newspaper: 

"Seaside gave birth to them and that’s where they need to stay. That’s the kind of publicity Seaside wants. It’s not the publicity we want. We are a family tourist destination. That’s what we want to cultivate."

A family tourist destination? Doesn’t he know Snooki is about to become a mom?

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Tony Awards

Who knew Google users were so theatrical? The trendingest term on the site this morning has to do with last night’s awards show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which celebrated all things theater. Once, adapted from the twee movie of the same name, took the award for Best Musical, and the beloved revival of Clybourne Park took the award for Best Play.

Auburn University

Googlers are also curious about Auburn University or, more specifically, the shooting that took place near its campus Sunday. A pool party was interrupted, cops say, when Desmonte Leonard arrived at the soiree, shot three people dead and wounded three others in what might have been a fight over the affections of a lady. Leonard is still at large. Though people are tying the crime to the nearby school and its football team, but Auburn’s police chief has said, “The only connection that the Auburn football team has to this is they are victims of a brutal shooting. Sometimes the young men get a bad rap, I feel like, but they are the victims today.” 

Deena Cortese

Yahoo! users are more interested in the crimes of Jersey Shore star Cortese, who was arrested Sunday in Seaside Heights, NJ for disorderly conduct. According to TMZ, this came after a weekend that saw the show’s gents get into a bar brawl that left one cast member with a sprained ankle.  Since Snooki’s about to be a mom, someone’s gotta take over her role of being an out-of-control boardwalk hobbit. You can check out a video of the ordeal here.

Joe Paterno’s Will

Something else capturing the minds of Yahoo searchers this morning is the odd news that the will of the late Joe Paterno, the Penn State coach who died in January (and was tied up in all of that nasty pedophilia scandal stuff), has been mysteriously sealed. And it goes deeper than that. “Even the judge’s sealing order and the petition a Paterno attorney filed to request the order were sealed, erasing from the public record any explanation for the maneuver, which estate law experts and the Centre County register of wills called exceedingly rare,” reported Citizen’s Voice, a local newspaper. Something creepy’s going on! 


You’re doing better today, Twitter. While most of your worldwide trending topics are still exceptionally simple minded, in the U.S., news about tennis and the alleged butchering of some interesting Jeb Bush quotes are trending. Unfortunately, it’s just people postings the same stories again and again. Here and here. For variety in tweets, we had to go with this charmer. You’re welcome.  

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Afternoon Links: Kanye and Kim Give It A Go, Adrian Grenier Needs A New Grocery Store

Hunger Games date night turned into breakfast and then into lunch, and now it looks like things between Kim and Kanye might just work out after all. [Us]

● A Brazilian production company, RT Features, has purchased the film rights to Bob Dylan’s 1975 album Blood on the Tracks in hopes of creating "a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans." [RS]

● According to Tara Reid’s math, "almost everyone" has had plastic surgery. [PageSix]

● Snooki is designing a line of slippers for infants and children, because she is three months pregnant and a woman who love’s her comfy footwear. [Refinery29]

● Adrian Grenier ditched a work-shift and has been kicked out of his beloved Park Slope Food Coop. If he wants to continue with the "no special treatment" thing, we might suggest the Key Foods down the block. [NYDN]

● Last night’s Young Jeezy show in Toronto was cut short when gun shots ran out, leaving one man in serious but stable condition. Jeezy left unscathed and with the promise that he "will be back!"  [TorontoSun]

Afternoon Links: Kim Kardashian Gets Flour Bombed, ‘Hunger Games’ Made $19.7 Million Last Night

● PETA didn’t flour bomb frequent wearer of fur Kim Kardashian at her perfume launch last night, but they are totally down with whoever did. [TMZ]

● Snooki was caught practicing for her next big role — motherhood — with a babydoll. She also promises that she’s gone booze-less for the baby. So, uh, no need not worry, she’ll be great. [Us]

● Drake took it back to his Degrassi days with a little onstage "Wheelchair Jimmy" action during a tour stop in California. [KarenCivil]

The Hunger Games distributor, Lionsgate, has taken to shutting down anti-hunger advocates that are pegging campaigns — like Oxfam’s "Hunger is not a Game" campaign — to the movie’s release. [ThinkProgress]

● To which: Last night’s midnight screenings of The Hunger Games made a record breaking $19.7 million for Lionsgate. [Variety]

● Before the Weeknd was Abel Tesfaye, the The Weekend was Abel Tesfaye and Jeremey Rose. Vice gets the scoop on the Weeknd’s beginings from the bandmate who Tesfaye has since been left behind. [Vice]

Afternoon Links: George Clooney Arrested, Neve Campbell Pregnant

● George Clooney and his equally dashing father were both handcuffed and arrested this afternoon outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, where they were protesting the brutal and genocidal conditions in south Sudan. [MSNBC]

● ’90s sweetheart Neve Campbell is pregnant with her first child. [People]

First Missy, and now Timbaland has begun staging his own comeback with the bass heavy "Break Ya Back," featuring Dev. 1996, we hear you! [RapRadar]

● Plastic-y British boy band, One Direction, are set to make history next week when they could become the first UK act ever to score a Billboard Number One — something not even the Beatles managed — with their debut album Up All Night. [NME]

● A wise momma-to-be, Snooki figures that pregnancy-induced morning sickness is not so unlike a hangover. Meanwhile, her baby-daddy Jionni promises that, ""We are not going to screw this up.” [NYDN]

● Keith Richards has apologized to Mick Jagger for all the unflattering anecdotes relayed in his memoir, Life. "As far as the book goes, it was my story," he says. "It was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that." The two can now go on to celebrate The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary in peace. [Reuters]

Morning Links: Jon Hamm’s Handsome Delusions, Justin Bieber Channels The Ying-Yang Twins

● Jon Hamm doesn’t see handsome — "truly handsome, like (George) Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Cooper" — when he looks into the mirror. Instead, he says, “When I look in the mirror, I see my goofy-a– self from when I was a kid.” We don’t buy it. [NYDN]

● The Iranian government has cancelled a celebratory event planned for director Asghar Farhadi, whose movie, A Separation, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film last month. [ArtsBeat]

● It’s being said that Justin Bieber’s new single, "Boyfriend," sounds — predictably! — a lot like Justin Timberlake meets — less expected! — the Ying Yang Twins. [Idolator]

● Chad Michael Murray has been cast as the male lead in Scruples, the Natalie Portman-produced ABC drama about a 1970s socialite who opens a boutique after her husband’s death. [THR]

Real Housewives star and "skinny"-beverage purveyor Bethenny Frankel was called in to audition for a role in Michael Bay’s new project Pain and Gain, maybe, one source supposes, because she has "a lot of experience working with cameras." [Us]

● By the looks of it, Donald Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric brought in quite a haul — an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and water buck — on their most recent Zimbabwean hunting trip. "I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community," Trump assures. [TMZ]

● And survey says: Snooki and Kim Kardashian were voted the number one and two "most overpaid" in an online survey. What say you? [NYP]