Friday, October 9, 2009

Culture Lesson: Nobel Prize Qualifications

Asher Roths of the world, are you confused regarding today's news and questioning President Barack Obama's right to the Nobel Peace Prize? Good news for you! The AP has taken your doubts to task with "Common misconceptions about the Nobel Peace Prize", which includes the following (via Feministe):

_ Myth: The prize is awarded to recognize efforts for peace, human rights and democracy only after they have proven successful.

More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments.

Note that should the U.S. fall into war and destruction, the Prize can be revoked.

Asher Roth, often the center of my ire* tweeted, "Didn't know you could win the peace prize by just talking shit..." Except, it turns out, you can! So remember, Asher Roths of the world, knowledge is power!

(Special thanks to @jsmooth995, swoon-worthy Jay Smooth, for taking the jerk to task.)

*My mother has no idea who Asher Roth is, other than "a person who is mentioned only between gritted teeth," so I guess some lessons in hip hop and gender are forthcoming.

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