Snooki ditches ditz act to become health, parenting icon 

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  • Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi celebrates Lorenzo Dominic LaValle's First Birthday on September 14, 2013 in Poughkeepsie New York.
Behold, the new Snooki!

Fox is claiming that the formerly brain-dead party girl is now a “health and parenting icon.” Better still, the whole dingbat thing was an act.

“What people may not have considered was that Snooki always was a mature, analytical individual who was just about giving the public what they expected of her so she could maintain the spotlight,” says TV agent Marc Marcuse.

Harvard University sociologist Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman ain’t buying it though.

“Overall, the message of Snooki’s ‘transformation’ sets up unrealistic expectations for young people: behave poorly—flashing your private parts and getting sick on national TV—but end up a multimillionaire,” she says.

Sounds good to us. What’s the problem?

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Cher says she was asked to be an ambassador to the Olympics in Russia and open the games, but she declined due to the country’s anti-gay stance.

AMC is working on a companion series to “The Walking Dead” featuring different characters and places. The zombies, however, will remain.

Homeschooled actor Jaden Smith has announced that “school is the tool to brainwash the youth,” and that “if everyone dropped out of school we would have a much more intelligent society.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Ella Purnell (“Kick-Ass 2”) is 17.

Director Neill Blomkamp (“Elysium”) is 34.

Interior designer Nate Berkus is 42.

Actor Malik Yoba (“Alphas”) is 46.

Actor Kyle Chandler (“Argo”) is 48.

Director Baz Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby”) is 51.

Puppeteer Kevin Clash (“Elmo”) is 53.

Comedienne Rita Rudner is 60.

Actress Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson is 62.

Singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes is 63.

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