The New York Observer has a scintillating story up about a young woman named Kari Ferrell, one of "Salt Lake City's Most Wanted." The story, amusingly titled "The Hipster Grifter," goes into the history of 22-year-old Ferrell's twisted path of lies, deceptions and check fraud -- which struck hipster strongholds like the Vice Magazine office and other parts of Brooklyn.
What I find most fascinating about this story is the way that "cute Asian girls" are identified as perfect hipster bait. The Observer article reads:
"Ms. Ferrell — petite, 22 years old, of Korean heritage — had a huge tattoo of a dragon across her chest and a cute pixie haircut. She was talkative, funny, charming, adorable. She had a tattoo on her back that read 'I Love Beards.' "
It's like, if Judd Apatow's slacker males are redefining modern men, are "petite" Asian girls are the new femme fatales?
Ferrell's background as a Korean adoptee is mentioned briefly in the article, but most touted -- besides her faking cancer -- is her sexual agressiveness, often in the form of passed notes to strangers [i.e., “I want you to throw a hot dog down my hall.” Now that's sexy!] One unsuspecting young man has this to say about Ferrell: "She has this thing with guys where she talks about sex really upfront and kind of puts people off balance." The way Ferrell's sexuality is described seems retro enough to fit right in to The Maltese Falcon.
I'm trying to figure out what is most newsworthy about Ferrell: Is it because she's Asian and unsuspecting? Is it because she duped so many hipsters? And if that's the case, could she be my hero?
What do you think?
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