I’m super pumped to talk about two of my favorite subjects:
Money and Reality Television Stars
In an article I read on Yahoo, Pauly D Lawsuit Reveals Jersey Shore Pay, I learned the reality star stands to earn over $2 million for Season 6 of the show. Amazingly, that figure doesn’t include fees he’ll receive for reunion shows, merchandising, appearances, and the like. Imagine how much money he’s made since Jersey Shore premiered in 2009.
I think we can all agree that a few million bucks for looking good, having sex, getting drunk and punching people in the face is a pretty sweet deal. (And that Angelina was an idiot for the leaving the Jersey Shore cast not once, but twice.)
As is often the case, I read the opinions left by the predictably ill informed and racist individuals who comment on Yahoo articles.
What I found disturbing about the comments on this article weren’t the usual avatars of Obama as a clown faced baboon. No, not this time. I was disgusted by the level of hate geared toward the Jersey Shore cast members for getting paid a truckload of cash.
Here’s what a few commenters had to say:
$175,000 per episode!! While millions of hard working american families can barely make ends meet….i feel sick.
It’s ridiculous to get paid that much just to do your hair and party 24/7. Make’s you really question where the ambition of American’s is going?
Disgusting….people in the real world are struggling just to make ends meet and yet these scumbags are making over a million dollars to act like pigs. I will say that the only way I would ever watch the Jersey Shore is if they all simultaneously stepped on a land mine!
Isn’t it cute how so many people are concerned about the financial well being of others?
If you share the views of Haters 1 through 3, please, tell me, why are your financial struggles anyone’s business but your own?
If Snooki worked for free, would you magically get a 50% pay increase on your job?
Would your student loan debt disappear?
Would your kids get smarter, your belly get flatter, and your husband get better in bed?
Besides giving you the warm and fuzzies, if JWoww was penniless with tiny boobs, what impact would her transformation have on your ability to make more money?! I’ll tell you. JWoww’s overdrawn bank account and B-cups would do nothing – NOTHING – to convert one ion of energy into income for you.
Even if you think the cast of the hit MTV reality show are nothing more than a bucket of overly tanned, deep fried, human skin, you gotta admit, they are entertaining. If not to you, they’re entertaining to someone.
Who are you to begrudge people who’ve brought so much joy and laughter into homes all across this great nation a few million dollars?
MTV isn’t shelling out millions of dollars to these guys for charity. Jersey Shore is a gold mine for the network. There’s value in entertainment. And for that, Pauly D, The Situation, Ronnie, and the rest of ‘em should receive fair pay for their services.
Some argue that reality television stars shouldn’t rake in so much dough because they lack talent. I disagree. After all, they know how to make themselves relevant. Their ridiculous behavior catapults them to fame and we can’t seem to get enough of it.
Personally, I don’t care if you engage in questionable, immoral acts to accomplish your goals.
Take Kim Kardashian. The girl made a sex tape. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner, leaked the video themselves. Although the Kardashians are a group of extremely hardworking, business minded women, I think it was Kim’s romp with Ray J that really helped popularize the crew.
Of course, you’d never do anything that’d bring shame upon yourself or your family for money. All right. Cool.
If you have a problem with embarrassing yourself in front of millions of people in exchange for cash, it’s simple. Make sure you don’t embarrass yourself in front of millions of people in exchange for cash.
You just go right ahead and make your money the old fashioned way.
What are your thoughts? Do you think reality television stars are paid too much?