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March 05, 2011  | by: Dania McDermott

Snooki on the Cover of Rolling Stone

In a move that shocked even the cynical, legendary rock mag Rolling Stone has commissioned Jersey Shore‘s proudest guidette, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi for its latest issue. As expected, the orange-hued arbiter of smush dishes on life in the Shore house, the transition from average-Jane to household name, and, of course, the lucrative projects that have come her way as a result.

If the decision to feature an MTV reality-show star doesn’t force longtime Stone readers to cancel their subscriptions quicker than Snooks can say “juicehead,” they’ve probably already abandoned the once cutting edge (and now fledgling) magazine.

Founded in San Francisco at the height of the free loving, pot-smoking ’60s, Rolling Stone spent the better portion of its tenure catering to rock enthusiasts and left-wingers alike. As such, features were devoted to artists like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and later, Trent Reznor and Gavin Rossdale.

Bush Frontman Gavin Rossdale, circa 1996

Though the magazine had begun facing scrutiny for targeting a “younger” demographic by the ’90s, its focus remained appropriately channeled on the very inspiration for its inception: rock stars.

Fifteen years later, its pages – and covers – have been littered with the surplus of fly-by-night pop stars available, many of whom have no connection to music whatsoever (unless, of course, said pop star decides to cut an “album”).

But the inclusion of Snooki casts the bar at a level so low that not even the pint-sized reality-star could limbo under without brushing it. Sure, we’re amused by her brand of gaudy, laugh-at-me shtick – but we’d simply prefer seeing rock stars on our rock mags.

Considering that founding Editor-in-Chief, Jann Wenner also owns Us Weekly (a much more appropriate choice for a Snooki spread), we’re safe in assuming that the decision to give her front-billing in Stone was eerily coveted. And now that the magazine has pointedly pushed forth an otherwise talentless nobody, we can only wonder what comes next – The Situation?

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