Girl Scouts Introduce New "Savannah Smiles" Cookie, Gut Check's Thoughts Turn to Porn
So we're not sure what it says about us that when we heard that the Girl Scouts were introducing a new cookie this year called Savannah Smiles, a synaptic explosion in our otherwise booze-addled brain led us quickly from apple-cheeked innocents selling sugary treats to one of the darkest moments in an industry with no shortage of seedy tragedies from which to choose.
First, though, the cookies, which shouldn't be confused with Savannahs, one of the names by which the Girl Scouts' peanut-butter cookies have been known throughout the years.
(Note: Gut Check has a love-hate affair with Samoas, and with Girl Scout Cookies in general.)
"Savannah Smiles" is also the title of a song by one of Gut Check's favorite bands, Okkervil River. A track on its 2007 album, The Stage Names, "Savannah Smiles" is inspired by the true story of Savannah -- née Shannon Michelle Wilsey -- one of the biggest porn stars of the early 1990s.
|The porn star Savannah|
In 1994, upon returning home after wrecking her car, she shot herself in the head and died.
In a cruel twist of fate, three years later, Bridgette Andersen, who played Savannah in the 1982 film, died at the age of 21 of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.
All of which leads Gut Check to ask: Girl Scouts of America, do you not know how to use Google?
Seriously, though, Gut Check left a message with the Girl Scouts of America. We'll let you know what we hear from them.