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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Britney honey, please get some help

I tend not to comment on celebrities because I think we all are filled to the teeth with way too much celeb talk. The only exception I make is Tom Cruise, and he deserves whatever he gets because the man is fur shur insane.

But today I've read so many posts on Britney's latest escapade in the Valley, where she not only got a new tattoo on her neck and wrist, but she did so after shaving her head herself in a salon because the beautician refused to do it. You can see the photos here, and you can read the story here but I don't need to go into the details. You've all seen them countless times.

I want to talk about how sad this is, especially right on the heels of another trainwreck of celebrity, Anna Nicole Smith. These two women had a lot in common, and a lot more differences. One had talent, for example, while the other was just known for her sexual prowess and her large breasts. But both were terribly sad women, with all the money in the world, and just as much unhappiness.

This seems to be a symptom of our culture, the excessive emphasis on fame and wealth and celebrity, and the consequences of all this excess appear to be a huge divorce rate, terrible parenting decisions, and 0ut-of-control behavior. It's all fodder for the late night comedians and bloggers, but I don't see this as being humorous at all. I see it as such a serious cry for help from a young women who married badly, had two children in less than 2 years, has questionable parenting herself, and was involved in one bad decision after another regarding her children's safety and welfare.

Britney destroyed her career all by herself. I was never a fan and have always disliked her intensely, but I would never wish this kind of sadness on anyone. I don't know much about her upbringing except that she was pushed into show business at an early age by her mother, and that she has been somewhat wild and crazy for a long time. She's never appeared to be very bright or educated, she chews gum on national TV wearing trashy clothing choices, so you have to believe that she isn't getting decent guidance on her appearances, and her choices in friends are dubious to say the least.

Why doesn't someone step up and help this woman out. So many people have made tons of money on her, and yet when she obviously needs help, where have they been? Why hasn't her mother put her into rehab? And why did the rehab she visited for less than 24 hours let her go? Where are her managers and handlers? Why is she always alone these days, surrounded only by hulking bodyguards but no friends.

She has two houses on the market right now worth around $30 million, and she's got more money than she knows what do do with. She has two beautiful sons that she rarely sees and is fairly incapable of caring for herself. She's in the midst of a custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline, and yet she bares her vajayjay numerous times, gets drunk and passes out in clubs, pukes in her own car, and is out partying night after night with celeb bad girls Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, both of whom seem to have ditched her. What is she thinking? Does she not realize the very real possibility that she might lose her kids to that white rapper?

This is not just a trainwreck, this is a woman who is suffering an incredibly public breakdown. She's honestly not in her right mind. Her behavior is attention seeking at it's most dangerous. She desperately needs to be pulled out of Los Angeles and brought back to whatever backwater town in Lousiana she's from, and kept there under the constant surveillance of a doctor until she's better. She needs help.

What she doesn't need is more ridicule and more attention. If the papparazzi would ignore her craziness, it might escalate some before she crashes, but eventually she's got to get her shit together and realize what is really important isn't fame. It's her children. But unless the photographers abandon her because she's such a wreck, she's going to continue seeking attention any way she can get it, negative or positive. And positive seems to be in very short supply these days.

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Blogger indigo said...

Oh dear...she's not very smart, is she? It's one thing if you're a total nutcase in private, but when you've got a very public life, you should be very careful.

I think she should fire whoever it is that passes for her publicist and manager, take some time off to get her head back on straight and be a mom for a while to her two babies. She's a train wreck about to happen, and no one seems to be putting on the brakes.

*waves* Michelle sent me...I'm drooling over those lovely muffins below this post. YUM!

18/2/07 1:56 AM  
Blogger utenzi said...

I'd not seen the bald coverage, Margalit. I try to avoid seeing nonsense about annoying trashy celebrities. I've had to stay away from the news for a week now due to Anna Nicole Smith dying. I can see a few minutes here and there for 2 or 3 days about her dying--but this is crazy. The world is insane.

Michele sent me over to witness yet more celebrity nonsense. *sigh*

18/2/07 2:33 AM  
Blogger David said...

britney who?

18/2/07 3:08 AM  
Blogger Mr. Althouse said...

You can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved. The results are eveb worse if they don't think they need saving. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope. I think I heard something in passing (I don't pay attention to the celebrity nonsense either) that she actually spent a day in rehab. Perhaps that is a start.

I agree that it is very sad. She probably has no idea who her friends are and worse, whether she even has any.


Michele sent me.

18/2/07 3:27 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Mike, I agree with you that you can't save people that don't want to be saved, but it seems like Britney has nobody, literally NOBODY to tell her she's acting like a complete asshat. We all need someone to give us the skinny about our behavior and if we didn't have that check, we'd all be as nuts as she is. I had parents that weren't the best in the world, but they did teach me about public behavior and there is absolutely no way I would ever behave like Brit does, no matter what my finances were. I just wouldn't.

She doesn't seem to have anyone to tell her the truth, and that's what I find the saddest of all. She truely seems alone in the world, and that's terribly sad.

18/2/07 5:36 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

David.... like you could EVER, in a million years, have gotten this far in life without knowing who Britney Spears is. Impossible! Unconcievable!

18/2/07 5:37 AM  
Blogger Linden Huckle said...

Very sad to see. She needs help, but knowone seems to really care.

Britney Spears

18/2/07 2:36 PM  
Blogger gordaboo said...

I agree. It's a sad sad day for someone to have their pain and mistakes splashed across every media outlet. She needs to get the hell out of LA and head back somewhere where no one will find her and get the help that she needs. Everyone goes a little crazy sometimes.

19/2/07 5:15 PM  

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