While I’m as prone to lamenting Paris Hilton stories on CNN as much as the next gal, there’s something kind of hilarious in people’s pearl-clutching over the vapidity of this article in Salon. Considering that Salon’s whole shtick is sort of a cultural/political/random-ass-stuff schmorgasboard, I’m really confused by the commenters who have worked themselves into a cute little tizzy of moral indignation over the fact that Salon would bother reporting on Media’s Bistro’s “DC’s hottest media types” contest when don’t you know there are starving children in Africa? Examples:
so little substance.
No wonder our Republic is going down the toilet. What’s next? A Hottest Self-Congratulatory A-Holes Contest
So I’m spending my money to subscribe and read this kind of crap as the featured story? Wasn’t there something more important to run as the main story?
And probably the best one:
This article might have been worth a short blurb, at most. Please give us a solid article on who the best reporter in D.C. is.
Oh, yes, because that’s something totally capable of being measured, and people would totally read that article. Gag.
What’s worse, though, is all the people who just had to give their opinion of the relative hotness of Kriston Capps and Catherine Andrews, the two people who won the contest. That might be valid — might — if the whole point of the article was “Look how hot they are!” But it wasn’t. The point was about how Capps and Andrews won because they had bots on their side and that the whole thing — from the Clinton staffer’s “campaign” email to the fact that people started getting snippy when the bots started running amok — is kind of funny and silly and lame all at once. And yet dudes on the Internet (or gals, I guess, as some of the names are gender-neutral or anon) cannot resist one, even one, chance to exert their position as personal arbiters of exactly who is or isn’t allowed to be considered hot, because everyone knows that their personal feelings on this matter are of utmost importance and interest. As one Salon commenter put it:
Is it funny to see a DC hotness contest taken over by robots? YES!
Is it funny to see people get upset about who won? YES!
Is it funny to see critiques of society based on how society behaves in an all for fun hotness contest? YES!
So shut the fuck up, other commenters at Salon. Thank you.