Ok, by now you’ve probably seen the pictures, or at least heard about them. I’m talking about the ones of uber-tart Britney Spears exposing her privates to the ever rapacious cameras of the paparazzi. What I find so disturbing about this is that, according to sources who supposedly know about these things, this was no accident. Desperate to revive a flagging career, America’s Tramp intentionally gave her panty-less crotch area a good airing out in the hopes that the moment would be caught on camera. She got her wish.
Hey, it worked for Lindsay Lohan, right?
Now, call me old fashioned, but I seem to remember a day not all that long ago when a musician would attempt to revive his or her career with a new hit record. But of course, it’s not that easy for America’s Sweetheart of the Trailer Park, because you have to have talent to make a hit record.
Actually, that’s not really true, either, since she has in fact cranked out a couple of hit albums with a voice that makes Madonna sound like Joan Sutherland. In fact, not since Brooke Shields has someone managed to get so far in life with so little talent. It’s amazing what they can do in the studio nowadays. But I guess it’s just easier for the frog voiced Britney to simply flash her hoo-hoo and wait for the fall out.
Of course we mustn’t forget that Madonna herself revived her career by going the Full Monty (remember THAT book?) But then Madonna always was ahead of her time. I guess Madonna and Britney exchanged more than just spit that night at the Emmy’s. Britney had better start selling some records, or some pics of the former Mouseketeer in her birthday suit won’t be far in the future.
Now I am not a prude. Like any red blooded American male, I certainly enjoy looking at a bit of female flesh from time to time. What I really find so disturbing about this is that, quite honestly, the little tart knew exactly what she was doing, and she got exactly what she wanted. And that says far more about us than it does about her.
Where is the outrage here? It seems as though people have just shrugged their shoulders and chalked it up as another case of a celebrity behaving shamefully. Michael Richards and Mel Gibson get cocked, say some politically incorrect bad words, and their careers go down in flames. But Britney deliberately shows off her pussy in public, and somehow that’s ok.
And before you get your panties in a bunch (you are still wearing them right? or has Britney kicked off a new trend here?) I am NOT defending Gibson or Richards. (BTW, both Gibson and Richards apologized for their behavior. I have yet to hear an apology from Britney).
Frankly, I always knew that it was only a matter of time before Britney Spears took her rightful place in the Slime Pantheon alongside other white trash icons such as Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton. This episode doesn’t surprise me at all. But it bothers me that celebs like Spears are reaching lower and lower in their bids for attention, and it bothers me even more that the people of this country are giving them exactly what they want.
So what happens when this form of bad behavior becomes too commonplace (and it will) to get the reaction they’re looking for. Just how bad can they get? Will Britney and Paris one day get “caught” having sex in the back of a limousine, because that’s what it will take to get people’s attention?
Perhaps most disturbingly of all, need I remind people that teenage girls want, more than anything else, to be like Britney. In an era where teens are posting naked pictures of themselves on the Internet and engaging in other sexually dangerous behaviors, the last thing we need is someone like Britney Spears setting the worst possible example for them. Because you just know that it won’t be long before we’re reading a newspaper story about some 14 year old Britney wannabe who got sent home from school for taking her Britney obsession a little too far. What are the parents of teenage girls supposed to do? Conduct a panty inspection every morning before school?
Lest you think me an alarmist, let me remind you that this seemingly ammoral generation of teens will be running the country when we’re all ready for the nursing home. All I can think of when I read things like this is how the Roman Empire went into steep moral decline in the years before its ultimate fall. With any luck, I’ll be dead before some woman whose heroes growing up were Paris Hilton and Britney Spears is President.