14 September 2007

Brittany's latest fiasco and what it means?

I am afraid I don't know much about popular culture but somehow I have heard all about Brittany Spear's humiliation at the MTV awards. I even tried to watch the video but clicked it off after 3 seconds. I have seen car wrecks once or thrice before, from the inside of the car, so didn't need to watch hers. But Rebeca Taister on Salon.com has an interesting take on it. Here's a bit of it:

Who can believe that there is anything more to say about Britney Spears at this point? But, alas, there is. Spears has come to represent something -- something important enough that it keeps rearing its head. As has been pointed out before, she embodies the disdain in which this culture holds its young women: the desire to sexualize and spoil them while young, and to degrade and punish them as they get older.

And this about another public humiliation:

I wrote about the jeering treatment of Lauren Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen USA contestant so widely ridiculed on the Web for her inane answer to a question about why children could not identify the U.S. on a map. The next day, she posted comments on the Internet braying about how famous she now was and how all her critics were simply jealous of her. She seemed perfectly satisfied with her role as a voodoo doll of dumb blondness; as long as she's embodying someone's fantasy of laughable girliness then she's getting attention, and that's what seems to count.

Ms Upton, btw, is enrolling in our school next year. On the theory that name recognition is everything and negative publicity is still publicity, I think our chancellor must be pleased.

At least she won't have to take history.

but I fear for my nieces as they grow.


At 15 September, 2007 21:17, Blogger Anactoria said...

Someone told me the Miss Teen USA story and I was... disturbed. Very disturbed. There will be no beauty pageants or ballet (because it ruins their feet!) for my kids, that's for sure. Ugh. (See, whenever I'm feeling really frustrated I think of all the miraculous parenting I'm going to do (HA!) and then I feel a bit better...;) )

This is the first I've heard of the Britney mishap, and you know what? I'm kind of proud of that! :P

At 15 September, 2007 21:18, Blogger Anactoria said...

She'll be attending your school!?


Oh, poor Clemens.

At 16 September, 2007 10:36, Blogger Joey said...

I assume you mean poor Clemens that she won't be taking history. That blonde dope is gorgeous!

A condition for her acceptance should be she is constantly followed by cameras so there can be a youtube highlight reel.


At 16 September, 2007 12:02, Blogger Clemens said...

Joey: Yes, it could go along with the "Appstate is Hot! Hot! Hot!" video. And did I mention our football team?

"This is the first I've heard of the Britney mishap, and you know what? I'm kind of proud of that! :P"

Yes, but you live in Canada, and probably don't watch much TV, and like to read books, and hang out with the likes of Elliot and Ian and uh....

(There was a point there somewhere. I'm going back to do a google image search of Ms Upton)

And Joey, I only like short Cuban-American women with (slightly) greying hair.


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