According to The New York Times, Cody Gifford, the son of Cathy Lee Gifford scored the internship of a lifetime; he gets to be the film critic for the today show. Cody is only 20 years old and studying film at The University of Southern California. While this is great news for him, many people are outraged and feel that the job should have gone to an actual film critic. But maybe this is a good thing.
Let us look at it this way; although this is definitely a case of favoritism here, considering he is Kathy Lee Gifford’s son, he is opening the door for younger movie critics. According to the New York Post, Cody stated, “As you get older you get a little out of touch with contemporary films — maybe not out of touch, you can be knowledgeable, but it’s not your generation anymore.” The youth should be able to critic thee movies considering they are the majority who are attending them. This however does not prove that he has the expertise to properly critic a movie.
Another issue that people have with this is his overall experience level. He is still in college. While it is nice to know that he is actually studying film in school, that does not give him the credibility to be a critic, but everyone has to start somewhere. Producer of the today show, Jim Bell claimed in the New York post “I think we’ll let what he does speak for itself,” which I do not think is too unreasonable. Who knows, he may be really good at it.
So when it comes down to it the question to ask here is, is it fair? Is life fair? In all my years in high school and in college, I was told in order to achieve success it is about what you know and who you know. You can be the smartest person in the world, and if you do not get in touch with the right people about it, it does not matter. Unfortunately, you can survive just knowing the right people and not having any real talent, hence many of our actors today. But overall I feel that Cody deserves a chance at this internship. In any case, I feel that most of the negative viewers are a bit jealous. I would love to have that opportunity, but I’m not talking to the right people.
Yes there are plenty of trust- fund babies out there along with lucky children who are born to stars, but just as much as they have the opportunity to have someone successful in their immediate family, they also have the stigma of being the child of a star. Cody may actually be good for the job and his work may be discredited because people believe he got his job out of nepotism. Overall I say let’s give the kid a shot, he may be good at this. J