Britney’s pics take web by storm
I almost feel like I need a shower after writing about this, but now that the Associated Press has covered the story, I feel it has new legitimacy.
They asked, “Why is this news?” and “If you’re doing an “Internet life” blog, why are you covering celebrity gossip?”
Granted, those copy editors that question my logic are in the over-40 crowd, and filter through “real news” everyday about war, politics, crime and other serious issues. Celebrity “news” is pretty much drivel to them, and I respect that. It’s cool. I get it.
But, if you look at my blogs’ traffic, most of my site’s visitors have come looking for three celebrity stories: My postings on Michael Richards and his infamous n-word rant at a L.A. comedy club and his subsequent apology, the Paris Hilton-Spears-Lindsay Lohan “axis of evil” in Vegas and my posts about Spears and K-Fed’s divorce.
Or is that now Fed-ex?
So now that the AP is on this story, I feel I can tackle the topic that the Internet and bloggers are abuzz about…
What is Spears thinking flashing her naked crotch around to photographers??!?!?
Pink is the New Blog, a very good celeb-watching blog, has been keeping the flash count, and has a very good analysis of the … umm … well, “the situation.”
This whole trend of Brit “forgetting” to wear her undies is starting to be a tad damaging, in their view. Especially since “pelvis flash No. 4″ came while at a gas station. That further enforces her negative “trailer trash” stereotype. (Just watch an episode of the train wreck reality show she did with K-Fed, and you’ll see what I mean.)
More from Pink‘s on “the situation”:
The vagina slip has become just another Britney Spears cliche … but unlike her other famed trademarks (the ratty extensions, the scrunchies, the gum chewing, the bare feet), this new trend of hers just seems horribly damaging. The fact that these crotch shots come off more trashy than sexy should be troubling to Britney and prolly more importantly, her “people”. Larry Rudolph! Where are you?!
I realize that Britters is a grown woman (who has already been married twice and given birth twice) but she seems clearly incapable of making the right decision in any circumstance.
Kevin Federline can’t even be blamed for any of this. What has the world come to when K-Fed appears the lesser of two evils when compared to Britney Spears?! Okay … that might be taking it a bit far but she seriously seems set on flushing her career and certainly her image down the toilet. [Source]
And some insight from the AP’s Erin Carlson, about fan backlash:
But now, [Spears] is unleashing her inner wild child, running around with party girls Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, sporting unflattering hair extensions and flashing her apparently panty-less crotch to the paparazzi. (Be prepared to cringe if you dare to view the uncensored photos, splashed unceremoniously across the Web).
“She’s a beautiful girl and now that she’s single and she’s having fun, I think she’s just trying to express herself,” said New York-based celebrity image consultant Amanda Sanders. “Unfortunately, it’s the wrong message that’s coming across. And the shame is she was really such a role model.” …
She’s enjoying the single life — and who can blame her after putting up with K-Fed’s antics? — but many Spears watchers disapprove of her decision to cavort with Hollywood’s most infamous heiress.
In a post on Spears’ MySpace.com page, a female fan urged Spears “to read this so you understand how your fans may see the situation … now your children need you so do the right thing brit, and be a mother and forget the partying.”
Rosie O’Donnell said Wednesday on “The View” that Spears should stop bonding with Hilton and move in with her, her partner Kelli and their kids so she could have a “stable family around her.”
Wow, Rosie, do you REALLY want that kind of “situation” for your kids?
Perez Hilton’s blogger notes in an ABC interview that it’s likely Britney is using this wave of nakedness just to increase her fame and notority after being out of the limelight for a few years, birthing her two new children with what’s-his-name.
Of course, this blog and others refuse to print or link directly to the actual photos for ethical reasons. You have to go Google for them to find them for yourself.
So, for the copy desk editors reading this, shaking their heads and sighing at my story choice, I say: It was either this story, or an unique story on how to calculate Pi by throwing frozen hot dogs.
Yeah, I think you’d rather read about Britney too.
[UPDATE: More on Rosie's comments about Britney from MSNBC:
Barbara Walters then chimed in on Panty-gate asking Rosie, “When she’s staying with you, are you gonna get her to wear underwear?”
Rosie replied by asking a national lingerie chain for help. “Listen, I want to beg Victoria’s Secret to supply these women [Britney, Lindsay, Paris] with an unlimited amount of underwear. I’m begging you Victoria!” She pleaded before addressing the singer directly. “Mommy loves you. Call mommy Britney.”]