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2013-04-04 04:59:42 PM  
6 votes:
In order to be a satire, it would need to be satirizing something. So she's either satirizing herself and her own generation, or she's satirizing the admissions process. The first is suspect because most people of her generation don't feel the need to go on long, bitter rants about affirmative action. In fact, her (and technically my) generation is the most diverse and accepting of diversity ever. If she's satirizing the admissions process, it would seem to me to have been far more effective if done from the perspective of an admissions officer.

I just don't buy the "satire" bit. It sounds more like someone who really sucks at life and is bitter about it, but threw in a line or two at the end to give herself plausible deniability if it went the wrong way.
2013-04-04 04:27:54 PM  
6 votes:
Writing a bitter screed decrying life as being unfair, then calling it sarcasm when called out on your crap? Wonder what her Fark handle is.
2013-04-04 06:55:04 PM  
4 votes:
I have no doubt that there was a satirical element to it, that's certainly how I read it (of course you can't get into the college of your choice without extracurriculas), but the gratuitous shots at affirmative action and Elizabeth Warren is what set her up for the backlash.  Of course, that's also what made the WSJ want to publish it.
2013-04-04 09:38:32 PM  
3 votes:

antisocialworker: Here's the last paragraph in her article:

"To those claiming that I am bitter-you bet I am! An underachieving selfish teenager making excuses for her own failures? That too! To those of you disgusted by this, shocked that I take for granted the wonderful gifts I have been afforded, I sayshhhh-"The Real Housewives" is on. "

For a 17 year-old, she sounds pretty self-aware.


The thing is, if you had read this followup, you would know that that isn't actually true. She got decent, middling marks, volunteered, had extracurricular activities. She just wasn't good enough. And she's bitter about it, because clearly she's better than all that other filth that took her place. She's not like all those other self-entitled whiny losers in her generation. I mean, her parents have money, and connections! So the only reason she didn't get in to her top choice is because of affirmative action, and stupid liberals who lied on their applications, and besides, they only did those activities because they were padding their resumes. Everyone must be as vapid as she is, and no one could possibly care about anything or genuinely want to help people, or have a real moment of enlightenment.

I can see this being humor. I could see this being humor yesterday. But it's conservative humor. The kind that seeks to cover up for individual failure with cruel, mean-spirited caricatures. The kind that uses humor not for exposing truth, nor for making people laugh, but to cover for bitterness and resentment. It's humor as a smoke screen. Humor as an excuse to let her inner demons play free. Worst of all, it's humor that just isn't that funny.
2013-04-04 06:59:09 PM  
2 votes:
I really don't know how she could've mad it any more clear she was kidding, and ultimately being self-effacing in her original letter.

People calling her names, and wagging their fingers at her (looking at you here, Gawker) are comically stupid, reactionary twats.
2013-04-04 06:53:35 PM  
2 votes:
Sounds like this guy I used to know: say something rude and insulting, causing people to become angry. When people become angry, say, "I was KIDDING! Jeeze, can't you take a joke?? Got no sense of humor, do you?"

PS even if it was satire, it sucked. It was bad and she should feel bad.
2013-04-04 06:26:08 PM  
2 votes:

Car_Ramrod: "Like millions of teenagers out there, I was crying to my mom and she said 'I cannot hear about this any more, just go talk to someone else,' so I called my sister," she said. "I was crying, but she was hysterically laughing, and she said, 'Go write this down.' So I did, and this is what came out of it."

...How does that equate to satire?

"It's a satire. That's the point. Just like '30 Rock' is a satire, which pokes fun at things that are politically correct. That's what I was trying to do," Weiss told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.

Oh, I get it. She doesn't know what satire is. Makes sense now.


the Phrase "poke fun at things politically correct" is a code for "I Wanna be racist, homophobic and elitist, but people shun me when I do it. WAAAAH!"
2013-04-04 06:06:22 PM  
2 votes:
"Like millions of teenagers out there, I was crying to my mom and she said 'I cannot hear about this any more, just go talk to someone else,' so I called my sister," she said. "I was crying, but she was hysterically laughing, and she said, 'Go write this down.' So I did, and this is what came out of it."

...How does that equate to satire?

"It's a satire. That's the point. Just like '30 Rock' is a satire, which pokes fun at things that are politically correct. That's what I was trying to do," Weiss told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.

Oh, I get it. She doesn't know what satire is. Makes sense now.
2013-04-05 10:31:26 AM  
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: The Muthaship: Gyrfalcon: peasants_are_revolting: An SAT of 2120? When I took it, 1,600 was the highest you could go.

"It's a joke."

Max is 2400 now.  There's an essay section now.

Interesting. Explains why the little muffin didn't score higher, I guess...her writing skills are dreadful.


If you think her writing skills are dreadful, then you haven't been anywhere near a high school lately. Her humor didn't land as well as she wanted, but her writing was fine.

2120 is the rough equivalent of a 1400-1410 in the old system. That's pretty good. It's possible that she maxed out the writing and critical reading sections, and then scored only average in math. That would make some schools shy away from her.
2013-04-04 09:22:46 PM  
1 votes:

Eustacia Vye: In this day and age, as she says, upper middle class white people are indeed being judged on things outside their control, just like ethnic and cultural minorities have been for, like, ever. Boo hoo. The shoe is on the other foot, so to speak.


Except being a straight white dude is still the farking best.
2013-04-04 08:24:41 PM  
1 votes:
i'd like to hear how spentmiles applied to college
2013-04-04 07:12:58 PM  
1 votes:
satire is best executed without being pretentious, and if her college essays sounded anything like the way she talks, i wouldn't blame a single admission officer for not accepting her.  there's a big difference between tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth.
2013-04-04 07:12:41 PM  
1 votes:
In other news, Yale, Princeton, UPenn, and Vanderbilt just saved this young woman about a quarter of a million dollars in student loans.
2013-04-04 07:01:22 PM  
1 votes:

LordOfThePings: Yogimus: Debeo Summa Credo: "It was satire"

"It was my wife typing"

"I was in the marine core"

"the cheese stands alone"

"I want to spend more time with my family"

"I was undercover for a story on prostitution"

"It's a slippery slope"

"I swear to God she was dead when I got here"

"My junk is stuck in the slats of my chair"

"She said she was 18."

"I was just giving that prostitute a ride, officer.."

"I have a wide stance."

"I never inhaled"

"I was hiking the Appalachian Trail."


"If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit."
2013-04-04 07:00:40 PM  
1 votes:

jvl: But it was an attempt to be funny. If you didn't get that, you might just be dumber than a rock.


Sarcasm would be better description than satire.  But yeah, it was a hilarious troll of a lot of clueless people who are going to continue to be clueless.
2013-04-04 06:55:38 PM  
1 votes:
I would like to move that we strike the word "butthurt" and this usage of "entitled" from the language. The first because it's just farking stupid. If I have to explain that, I hate you. The second because it's one of those times when a word means two things that contradict each other.  If they were "entitled" to a thing and did not get it, we should be annoyed for them, not at them. I'm entitled to the money in my bank account, for example."Self-entitled" correctly expresses the idea you're trying to get across. They decided they were entitled to something, but they actually aren't.

The first person to say I sound butthurt is entitled to a stabbing.
2013-04-04 06:52:36 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-04-04 06:51:16 PM  
1 votes:
A high school kid did something stupid on the internet, you say? BURN HER!!

/but not before every adult online and in print, on radio and tv has a chance to ridicule an immature teenager.
2013-04-04 06:43:54 PM  
1 votes:
An SAT of 2120? When I took it, 1,600 was the highest you could go.
2013-04-04 06:11:34 PM  
1 votes:

Lusiphur: In order to be a satire, it would need to be satirizing something. So she's either satirizing herself and her own generation, or she's satirizing the admissions process. The first is suspect because most people of her generation don't feel the need to go on long, bitter rants about affirmative action. In fact, her (and technically my) generation is the most diverse and accepting of diversity ever. If she's satirizing the admissions process, it would seem to me to have been far more effective if done from the perspective of an admissions officer.

I just don't buy the "satire" bit. It sounds more like someone who really sucks at life and is bitter about it, but threw in a line or two at the end to give herself plausible deniability if it went the wrong way.


It could be "satire" if you view at as a conservative attempt at humor. She made fun of elitist colleges and her own stupid liberal gay/Obama supporting generation. How is that not funny? Granted, it should have ended with some well-known liberal getting butt raped, but she's young. She'll learn the tricks as she goes.
2013-04-04 05:42:01 PM  
1 votes:
Once you got mocked by everyone and realized only the WSJ and other affirmative action haters were on your side, it suddenly becomes "satire."  Sure.
2013-04-04 05:15:42 PM  
1 votes:
Read the original bitter thing.  Typical high schooler mentality.  Nothing better or worse than that.

Can't really be angry at a kid for being disappointed and bitter.  She's a kid.  They do that sort of thing.
 
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