So even before we saw the ubiquitous, freaky (and freakily ubiquitous) Snuggie commercial, our book club friend had told us of the Slanket Phenomenon. That she had tried to buy one for her boyfriend for Christmas 07, but it was on back order until April. [She gets three Fingers-On-The-Pulse points from Your Mom.] So clearly, the Slanket is the original and is, even more clearly, way more up market. First, it costs more than twice as much. Second, it isn’t advertised during FX’s DVD on TV presentation of John Tucker Must Die, as the Snuggie was. [How do I know that, you ask? Don’t worry about it.]
So what is a stylish NYCer* to do at the upcoming Snuggie Pub Crawl? And does this conflict with a post-ironic hipster’s actions**? From the Gothamist:
Now, we should first should note that, much like the Snuggie itself, the NYC Snuggie Pub Crawl is not an original idea. There is one in Chicago that apparently predates ours because a) it has 450+ participants and b) has a set date.
At any rate, and to restate, what is one to do? Clearly, the hipster goes for the Snuggie, cause it has way more comic value. The scene in the commercial where the whole family stands up at the big game all wearing Snuggies is the hipster humor equivalent of Helen of Troy: it launched a thousand snarky comments. But the stylish NYCer doesn’t want any old “As Seen On TV” knock off; she goes for the original. So what if you are a stylish hipster? Does such a thing exist? Or do hipsters, by definition, have to shower less often (As we learned in Brooklyn, dirty is the new hip), which might interfere with one being considered stylish. Thoughts?
* This does not presume that I am a stylish NYCer; it merely asks the question of what one such person might do.
** See above note and apply.