Jenifa, oh Jenny, Dept.
Jenny McCarthy is the Gen X Suzanne Somers.
Not just because both had short-lived careers in television. Not just because both support medically/ethically/rationally dubious therapies. Not even because both bared their tits for Playboy. But because Jenny McCarthy, like her fellow Irish Catholic Suzanne Somers née Mahoney, is indomitable in the extension of her meager claim to fame into decades in the limelight. When the world's cities are rubble, and roaches claim the streets, Jenny McCarthy will still be holding signings for her latest book on the lighter side of pregnancy.
This posting is prompted by the news that McCarthy is replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck on that 21st-century successor to the Athenian symposium, The View. Whether replacing a woman best known for being a football player's wife, a finalist on Survivor and a conservative mini-pundit with a fame whore who has manipulated the anti-vaccine issue into a reliable revenue stream can be considered a net positive for the show, in the final analysis, it's The View. They could feature bull baiting and dwarf tossing, and the intellectual tone couldn't be any lower.