Janey Birks, The Bachelor contestant forever known as ‘the one who ditched her shoe,’ has shared her reaction to a pre-Bachelor write-up in NW magazine describing the 27-year-old’s chances in the competition.
The short paragraph characterises the children’s entertainer as “playing the game,” stating that while she’s “so sweet you’ll probably end up dizzy and and in a sugar high from watching her,” she’s also “smart as a tack.”
It was this last line Janey took issue with.
She posted a photo of the page to Instagram, with the caption: “I absolutely loved this write-up in NW mag, until I realised they called me smart as a tack, because I can think of few things dumber that a tack :(”
“I swear I’m not that stupid,” she continued.
I absolutely loved this write-up in @nwmag ???? …until I realised they called me #smartasatack , because I can think of few things dumber than a tack. ???? I swear I’m not that stupid. ???????? do you think this was a typo or a really snide backhanded compliment? ???????????? #tacksarentsmart #ithinkyoumeatsharp #sharpasatack #edumacated #journalism #nwmag #nwmagazine #nwmagazineaustralia also how sick is my #wonderwoman photo? @a_princess_wish kids parties ???????????????????? thanks @alishamusil
“Do you think this was a typo or a snide backhanded compliment?”
There’s so much wrong here.
1. NW got their phrasing incorrect, mistaking the word ‘sharp’ for the word ‘smart.’ The simile goes: ‘sharp as a tack’, implying that the person IS smart. EUGH.
2. I guess I can see why Janey thought it was an insult, because tack’s don’t have a brain/consciousness/thoughts, but still…
3. In the context, it was clearly a compliment. Even though they misplaced a word, they were still saying you were smart, Janey!