is Jessica “as dumb as she looks”?

is Jessica “as dumb as she looks”?
Is Jessica Simpson just playing dumb to bump up the ratings of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica? On Letterman she “admitting to being a ditz but chalking it up to a brand of appeal she tried to sell as reminiscent of Lucille Ball,” and her dad says “she’s just ‘playing into’ her role as a stereotypical empty-headed blonde.” But MSNBC’s Linda Holmes doesn’t buy it, saying “the qualities that drive [Nick] crazy now are too integrated into her personality to be either manufactured or recently acquired.” But Holmes also argues that “the point is not so much whether Jessica is dumb as it is why her particular brand of dumb is so mesmerizing.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.