I’ve already written about how amazing it is that Snooki‘s new Zantrex commercial features the same music as Jessie Spano‘s caffeine pill breakdown. Now it’s time for me to have a serious talk about her new body and why I’m so bummed that she’s peddling diet drugs instead of focusing on all the other hard work she’s been doing to get healthy.
Snooki has been showing off her newly toned (albeit badly photoshopped) body on Twitter since December, and she even appeared on Ellen reporting on her new—dare I say it?—healthy habits, like working out regularly and drinking a lot less. I almost started to like her for proving that you can turn around your habits, and that a healthy lifestyle can be had by women who don’t fit the mold of a Portlandia character or Real Housewife. But her latest appearance in Zantrex3 commercials just makes me sad about Snooki all over again: If she’s doing such a good job working out, drinking less and eating well, then why does she need to take dangerous diet drugs?
Snooki has appeared as a spokesperson for Zantrex3 diet pills in the past, but she just turned up in a new ad, where she and several other women are shown dancing to the song “I’m So Excited.” (Reminder: This is the same song that Jessie Spano belted out while she was having a caffeine pill meltdown on Saved By The Bell.) Prior to this, however, she’s been tweeting up a storm about her newfound dedication to the gym, and when she appeared on Ellen in the New Year, she even demonstrated some of her favorite exercises. She even—are you ready for this?—says that she doesn’t drink as much as she used to, which is no doubt a huge boon to her health and weight.
So if she’s doing all the right things for her health and weight loss, then why the diet pills? OK, so she’s getting paid. But the short-term payoff of bouncing around on-screen for Zantrex3 is nothing compared to the love she’d get from fans for promoting a healthy lifestyle…which she kind of already was, except that now it’s sullied by her talk of diet pills.
[For the record, diet pills are scary: Zantrex3, in particular, is filled with 12 times as much caffeine as espresso, and diet pills fall under the "supplement" category, which isn't well-regulated by the FDA (meaning there could be a lot of sketchy things in there—best case scenario, the pills don't work; worst case scenario, they're dangerous or detrimental to your health).]
I really, really want to applaud Snooki for taking charge of her health and managing her weight, but I just wish she’d put all of her efforts into promoting exercise and diet, and ditch her deal with Zantrex3.