The Princess Picks Another Anti-Prep

Hello-Hello on a day that is more than a little nippy for this time of year. How nippy? Well, here in the Corner Condo someone was overheard asking The Consort if he knew where the space heater was. It is August treasured readers, not October or November. Sigh.

We thought it best to do this up front, providing fair warning about the content of today’s post:


Pronunciation: \ˈsnär-kē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: dialect snark to annoy, perhaps alteration of snark to irritate
1 : crotchety, snappish
2 : sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner <snarky lyrics>
snark·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb

It’s not quite DEFCON 3, but it only seems fair to indicate a departure from our more standard post.

Frequent readers know TP doesn’t follow many of the popular shows airing on broadcast and cable television, notwithstanding Mad Men and TSU’s (The Spousal Unit) fondness for something about truckers on icy roads, not to mention the longest auction in history for collectible cars.

This lack of ‘hipness’ extends to a program called Jon and Kate Plus Eight, a reference to two parents and their brood of eight offspring. The ‘eight’ are comprised of twins and sextuplets, this mix evidently adding to the broadcast’s appeal.

Courtesy TLC

Courtesy TLC

At any rate, sometime this summer it seems the father, Jon Gosselin, decided there are greener pastures away from the ‘Eight,’ and he is pursuing a solo career of some sort, although we have yet to ascertain precisely what his talents are, other than being a complete oaf, engaged in buffoonery that is likely to inflict hurt and embarrassment on his children now, and in the future.

Back to the subject of all this blather, Mr. Gosselin and his efforts to garner attention and financial remuneration; the conduct leaves us feeling we have no alternative other than to declare he is the latest addition to our Anti-Prep Hall of Shame.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic

Above, we see him reclining amazingly close to a poster of… oh, wait! Could it be? Why, that is a poster of Mr. Gosselin promoting a pool party he was hosting this weekend. Imagine that.

According to a story in US Weekly, Mr. Gosselin no longer wants to tape the reality show.

“”I wish I had a 9 to 5 job instead of the nightmare I’m living. This is 24/7,” he told outside his $1.1 million Pennsylvania home Monday. “I don’t even want to do taping for the show anymore.”

Below, we see another photograph of Mr. Gosselin at this weekend’s event:

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic

Perhaps a reader can help us understand exactly how one lists this skill on their resume? “Professional pool party host”?


For those not familiar with the Anti Prep, it is a rather exclusive group, albeit an ignoble collection of individuals and in rare cases, inanimate objects.  Previous inductees include Paris Hilton, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Kim Kardashian, and David Yurman’s Children’s Jewelry. Everyone should know we welcome suggestions for people and things meriting membership in this august group.

We have devoted far more time than necessary to bloviating about someone unworthy of the time and energy. Tomorrow we promise a return to discussion of things that at least register on the Prep-o-meter.  Like more tennis apparel and accessories, particularly those with a preppish pedigree.



Filed under Help Me Understand, It's Just Not Done, preppy lifestyle, The AntiPrep

21 responses to “The Princess Picks Another Anti-Prep

  1. Anti Prep: Cole Haan & Sperry (such lovely brands normally) and their abominable rubber-wedge tennies. What ARE those things?

  2. Your decision has been a long-time coming- thank you for calling it!

    I wouldn’t mind being a professional pool party hostess whatsoever!

    I was in Madison this past weekend and Saturday was 54 and rainy, unfortunately it looks like we sent the weather across the lake 😦 Bundle up and lots of tea dear! At least it is the perfect excuse to wear white jeans ad naseaum these last few days of summer!


  3. this is hilarious!!!

  4. Oooh, the minute I started seeing him wear the likes of Ed Hardy, I was like “Ew!!!!!” It’s like Anti-Prep to the max!

  5. Ugh…he is just sad. You are dead on with this nomination.

  6. ooohh He is the perfect addition to the Anti-Prep group! Hurray!

    On to noteworthy preppy things, Sak’s 5th online has several great Lilly Items on sale, I posted them on today’s blog post, drop by and drool with me! 🙂

  7. Good call! He is just vile!

  8. I’m with you 100% on Jon whats-his-name.

    I just clicked back to check the post on DY. As I’m a huge fan of DY I was absolutely horrified at what I saw. Now as someone who was blessed with freakishly small wrists (why couldn’t the tiny wrists translate to tiny thighs I’ll never know, but I digress) I have worn the 3mm bracelets from the cable kids collection for years. I first tried on the 5mm and they awkwardly looked like a bangle bracelet and I cannot even begin to discuss how ridiculous the 7mm look on my bird arms. Its like a 5 year old playing in mommy’s jewelry. These are the classic silver and gold birthstone bracelets and I adore them. Everyone thinks I have the 5mm ones bc my aforementioned tiny wrists. But ugh, those 18k gold, simply unnecessary!!

  9. MCW

    Oh Jon…He is one screwed up man.

  10. Jen

    As a fellow upper midwesterner these days, I feel your pain. I can’t even enjoy fall knowing winter is just around the corner. Fall lasts about as long as Milli Vanilli’s career around these parts. Impending winter only makes me extremely irritable. As far as the anti-prep goes, this loser takes the cake. He has had more than his 15 minutes of shame. I will have to put some thought into other cheesy candidates.

  11. Of course he doesn’t want to tape the show anymore. He doesn’t want the image of a dad of 8 children + an ex-wife who happens to have the world’s worst hairstyle 😉 I am now apologizing for being “snarky” – hehe.

    He disgusts me. That’s what a reality tv show will do for you – totally turn your life upside down!

    Great post Miss Princess!! xoxo

  12. TennesseePreppie

    Very funny! The fact that he’s a middle aged man who wears Ed Hardy and hair gel is enough of a reason for him to get this title!

  13. LPC

    Sad. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad.

  14. Great post. So true!!

  15. speaking of mr. gosselin: ed hardy is not a good look on you. rephrase: its not a good look on anyone.


    Snarky indeed, slimy, greedy and a horrible example for his children.

  17. I agree with you and all comments above.
    And the worst part for Mr. +eight?
    His pathetic mid-life crisis is being documented and discussed Ad nauseam for his children and his children’s children to see.
    Memory will not be needed when they discuss, “when Dad went crazy!”
    How’s that for snarky?

  18. Your posts are always so entertaining! I think this is a fine addition to the anti-prep hall of fame. For lack of a better word, I think he is a tool. The Ed Hardy is not looking good on him either.

    He needs to focus on being a father and a role model to those children and stop hosting pool parties in Vegas!

  19. Excellent post! I think “Mr.” Gosselin is the perfect person to be appointed the latest anti-prep. I will be thinking of future nominees…

    It has been unseasonably cool here in Charlotte as well. Yesterday it was only in the low 70’s. For us in August, that is practically frigid!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

  20. Well played, TP. Nodding my head in agreement. What a shame that Mr. G. must be added to this Hall of Shame, but it must be done.

    I never did watch his show before this recent controversy, and now refuse to add more fuel to his media fire and (what appears to be) incredibly inappropriate behavior by watching. Those poor kids.

  21. Agreed, so agreed. And I would hate to be one of those children.

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