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January 15, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

THE B-FILES....What's really going with Britney Spears? I know you want to know. John Rogers has the scoop here.

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I wrote an open letter to Brit last week... How do I get it in the hands of Dr. Phil?

Posted by: gfw on January 15, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

On my blog, that is. Forget politics, can the blogosphere save Britney in time?

Posted by: gfw on January 15, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Last try with the link.

Posted by: gfw on January 15, 2008 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Ya know, I could almost forgive all the things George W. Bush has done if he'd arbitarilly enlist Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, his two Daughters, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin into the Army and sent them to Iraq for 12 - oops make that 15 months.

Posted by: RobertSeattle on January 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Good think Inkblot decided to not have a career as a pop singer. I could see the NSA really doing a full press to get him on board.

Posted by: optical weenie on January 15, 2008 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

good job, distract the people with what they really care about.

Posted by: mrmakymkay on January 15, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

My theory is that the whole Britney thing is actually an extended performance art piece.

As a precocious and clever youth, she decided early on to do a critique of mass media and marketing in America. Phase one was to create "Britney Spears," a youthful, highly sexualized pop princess of dubious musical talents, and sell her to America.

Phase two is destroying "Britney Spears," through a series of increasingly ludicrous and outlandish pranks, deconstructing public perceptions and preconceptions about celebrity in America.

I haven't decided on what phase three is going to look like yet.

Posted by: phleabo on January 15, 2008 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

> I haven't decided on what phase three
> is going to look like yet.

Phase 3: Profit

Posted by: Alan on January 15, 2008 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

lol @ the the southpark pun


under pants knome episode
now thats funny

Posted by: mrmakymkay on January 15, 2008 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Poor Britney Spears' young adult life has been ruined by the many years spent working during her childhood. She is acting out her delayed adolescence for the audience that also exploited her childhood. She may very well be doing it on purpose, in an unconscious way, to repudiate those who loved her stage persona and ruined her childhood. Few American children have been worked as hard as Britney in our time. That is no reason to consider her a fit parent, though, which should be our main concern now.

Posted by: Brojo on January 15, 2008 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

I don't have anything to say, that just seems how people start comments here.

Posted by: anonymous on January 15, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, for a minute I thought you were talking about Colorado University Freshman basketball player Brittany Spears. You know, the girl who plays on the same basketball team as sophomore Whitney Houston.

I truly enjoy reading about them. Now who were you talking about?

Posted by: Paige on January 15, 2008 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

I honestly don't understand why I'm supposed to care. Nor why you care. Could you please explain it to me? Thanks.

Posted by: DoNotPublishMyEmailAddress@washingtonmonthly.com on January 15, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

I honestly don't understand why I'm supposed to care. Nor why you care. Could you please explain it to me? Thanks.

Because it was funny.

kthxbye

Posted by: daniel on January 15, 2008 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

WTF? Are you emulating Larry King?

Posted by: Chris Brown on January 15, 2008 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

Um, before you beat Kevin up, go read the damn thing. "Click the link," as the kids would say.

Posted by: thersites on January 15, 2008 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

This whole situation is sad. I almost feel for Brit, and I might if she didn't have those children. As it is ... well, that's all I have to say about that ...

Posted by: Sadness on January 15, 2008 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

Brojo: "Poor Britney Spears' young adult life has been ruined by the many years spent working during her childhood."

Geez, I never thought i'd be posting an opinion on such a normally frivolous topic, but here goes:

At the most superficial level, Britney Spears' problems are clearly caused by excessive self-indulgence and a lack of personal discipline.

I don't wish any ill will on this obviously unbalanced woman, but she really needs to take responsibility for and control of her own life, especially with two toddlers who need her. The only person who's going to save Britney Spears is Britney Spears herself.

Now, that being said, the rest of us really need to focus on bigger and more important issues here, and drop this compulsion to live Ms. Spears' life so vicariously that the obliging media literally follows her into the loo to hear her pee. This, in turn, has either encouraged or driven her to make some extraordinarily bad personal choices, now culminating at the point of potential self-destruction.

I'm a big fan of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, as I'm sure are others here, and certainly we've all gotten a lot of laughs over the last 18 months or so at La Diva Spears' expense, especially over that sobbing clown's videotaped crying jag calling us all bastards for not leaving her alone. But there's always a strong thread of truth woven through everything that we find humorous, even if we don't want to admit it publicly.

And the blunt truth is this: Britney Spears is poor white cracker trash who's clearly out of her element in Hollywood, has been treading in waters way over her head, and as she starts to drown, the media tosses her an anvil and throws rocks for our amusement. Well, to me at least, it's really not funny anymore.

Perhaps if we all learned to ignore her tawdry saga to the point of exclusion, then maybe -- just maybe -- that lack of public attention will give this young woman the time and personal space she needs to heal herself and pull her act together.

Nuf ced.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 15, 2008 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

"Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."

Guess that didn't work too well for her.

Posted by: AJ on January 15, 2008 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Spears is living the modern feminist dream. She is rich, powerful, empowered and refuses to be shamed for her sexuality. This is exactly how modern feminists think your daughter should act if you would stop trying to oppress her with your words like responsibility, shame, or trainwreck.

That she doesn't have custody of her kids shows even the wealthiest women are still intentionally kept down by the man.

Posted by: uhuh on January 15, 2008 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

And the blunt truth is this: Britney Spears is poor white cracker trash who's clearly out of her element in Hollywood, has been treading in waters way over her head, and as she starts to drown, the media tosses her an anvil and throws rocks for our amusement. Well, to me at least, it's really not funny anymore.

She probably watched too much Jerry Springer, Maury, etc. and thought that was the way PWCT were supposed to act.

BTW, you left out the trailer before the trash. :-)

Posted by: Ex - Republican Yankee on January 15, 2008 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

The blunt truth is Ms. Spears' childhood and adolescence were exploited by entertainment companies for commerce and by her audience for titillation. Now her young adult life is being exploited by media companies for ratings and by her audience for emotional stimulation. Ms. Spears embodies the exploited commodity of capital that our political economy wants to make of all of us.

Posted by: Brojo on January 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK
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