Friday, September 14, 2007

They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab, I Said, "No No No."

I promised myself I’d never get political on this blog but I
have to break my silence and lay the cards on the table. Did everyone catch the
Britney Spears performance at the VMA’s? Holy guacamole. What a disaster.

I do my best to maintain the illusion that I am above all of
the Hollywood tabloid nonsense but I’m not. The simple truth is that I did care
about Britney’s performance. Her recent public personal debacles and possible
comeback intrigued me. I watched the Video Music Awards with great interest,
taking a little bit of pleasure in her obvious failure. I felt pity for her but
I also felt vindicated or, perhaps, validated that she had lost her magnetism.

Why is this? I have no idea. I’m pretty sure that it means I
am a hopelessly flawed individual. I take pleasure in this young girl’s pain.
Her poor decision making, her youth and her early fame have all led her to this
place. And we (at least the losers among us who are faithful readers of “In
Touch” magazine) have been on the ride with her. I’m pretty sure that I
wouldn’t have handled myself much better in her shoes (I wouldn’t have married
K-Fed but, hey, you get the point) but I continue to judge her harshly. Britney
and I, we’ve got some work to do. If only I could afford a couple rounds of rehab.


  1. I'm with ya sista!! I watched this and also took pleasure in her failure. Why are human beings wired like that? As I watched her I thought, "Man! She looks terrible! Look how fat she is!!" The funny thing is that I would still take her body over mine in a New York minute.

  2. I tuned in just after Brittany's much talked about, lackluster gig. As much as I would like to say that I'm above the "tabloid nonsense," I'm not. I too find these roller coaster celebs fascinating, but only as research for my blog.(:

  3. Hmmm. I actually feel really bad for her. I think it's cause I'm an old broad though, I kinda feel like she's a kids who's out there making a lot of REALLY stupid decisions and I feel the need to step in and mother her a bit. The kid needs help, and God help her two little boys.
    Put some clothes on Britney and just stay home for a while! That's my 2 cents.

  4. Leave my girl alone!!

  5. What is troubling to me is that these young starlets are, whether they choose to accept it or not, role models for young girls. . and terrible ones at that. Isn't it unfortunate how much emphasis our society has placed on the goings-on of the Lindsays and Parises of our time?

  6. Oh I was so rooting for Britney. Not because I admire her or I love how she performs but because I thought maybe if she did good she would start to make better choices. Sometimes all a person needs to rise above is to believe in theirselves again. Somewhere along the lines I think she lost it. It is hard to take care of others or be a good role model when you don't even like yourself. So when she failed I hung my head a bit for her. And I can't help but think what if she never broke Justin's heart. How would she have turned out. I still think all of this is the repurcussions from that break-up and a child being pushed into an adult world way too early.

  7. Jackie-
    I think she still has a great body but she needs a different outfit. She would have rocked that get-up pre-baby but now she needs to err on the side of caution when making her wardrobe choices.

  8. Keli-
    I'm going to start using that excuse:
    "I don't really care about this nonsense. I'm just researching for my blog."

  9. Leanne-
    It's called compassion and I seem to be lacking it when it comes to Brit.

  10. Alyson-
    Your girl needs to leave the cameras alone for a while!

  11. Becky-
    Yes, it's unfortunate. We have our work cut out for us parenting girls in this media age.

  12. Maribeth-
    I'm with you. Breaking up with JT was her biggest mistake.