VH1, Crocs and Boiling Snot

The American public has a love-hate relationship with Colorado's own Crocs -- but let's focus on the hate, shall we?

The folks at cable's VH1 have had a great deal of success with nostalgia-fests such as I Love the 70s, I Love the 80s and I Love the 90s, in which comics and minor celebrities alternately salute and diss trends of the past -- so much so that they didn't even wait for the current decade to end before creating a series that looks back on it. I Love the New Millennium, which aired June 23-26, hashed over the years 2000 through 2007, and in last night's 2006 edition, panelists ripped into Crocs with relish, with the highlight being a memorable reference to fiery mucus.

Frankly, some of the material barely passed muster. For instance, grating-voiced stand-up Gilbert Gottfried argued that rubber shoes should only be worn by Ken dolls or G.I. Joes. But kudos to Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys, who painted a vivid picture of his loathing for the footwear. "I would rather jump in a river of boiling snot than wear Crocs," he said.

Hard to argue with that logic. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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