The proud pastafarian, posed for the picture
A colander capping her head
An atheist activist, genius to boot,
As the news stories well may have read—
There’s no story in that; that won’t sell any ads,
Let’s just write about kittens instead…
Oh, wait—did we mention she used to do porn?
So that’s how the story was led.
My news aggregator nearly exploded this morning with stories of the latest Pastafarian to have her drivers license photo taken while wearing a colander. This was in Utah, so the notion that someone could relatively easily (she brought documents to make her case, but it did not take much convincing) challenge (in a good humored way) the establishment might have explained why there were so many stories.
But that wasn’t it. I mean, that was the whole story, with the exception of some personal details about the woman involved (that particular link, hat tip to Paul Fidalgo, rather than my aggregator–it happens to also be the only story to present Ms. Steinhauser in a reasonable and favorable light). For one, she is a member of Mensa, with a tested IQ of 156, but that was only mentioned in two stories I saw (and in one, to make fun of her–Wonkette mentioned that her Mensa membership was “a priori evidence that she’s simply insufferable at parties”). But the real reason for the profusion of stories is that she is a former porn actress (screen name Asia Carrera). Every story managed to mention this bit of irrelevant personal info. Many led with it. Some made it the headline.
Well, not irrelevant. She, no doubt, is fully aware of the source of her fame, and she has not shied away from it–indeed, she fought with Mensa to be published on their list of prominent members. And now, thanks to media gawking, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster gets another moment in the public eye.
Well, in the Spectrum article, anyway. The rest seem to drop all interest in atheism, pastafarianism, the FSM… they run out of room right after they mention she used to do porn.