Does anyone besides me find the whole Britney Spears diet/renewed abs excitement utterly revolting? I watched three grown women, on www.cnn.com, debate the newest attention grabber. They all seemed reasonably intelligent. But, that was before I heard their discussion of Britney’s rise and fall, and rise, so far.
They, of course, recounted her latest atrocities. Not that anyone could have missed them, seeing as how, the press printed every single photo they could find. Nevertheless, she stayed in the limelight. Finally, though, she has managed to get “back in shape”, with her 1200 calorie/day diet. These CNN commentators, women, whose ages ranged from about 25 to maybe 30, were so relieved that Britney had finally gotten her abs back. They discussed, for a full five minutes, the tragedy of her less than perfect body and it’s performance on last year’s VH1 Music Awards. “How could she?”, one asked, “I mean she was in such great shape in all her first videos”. One commentator did say that perhaps, “She shouldn’t be expected to maintain her perfect body her entire life”, and another, “Well she did have two kids…”. This all seemed like poor excuses next to the formerly revered six pack ab status. But the most demeaning comment came from the third commentator who actually said, “And I think she broke a lot of guys hearts too”. Well, we can’t have a bunch of “guys'” hearts being broken, now can we? I mean, just because she very inconveniently gave birth to two children. What the hell was she thinking? Then, she actually had the nerve to get back on the stage and dance, in a midriff baring outfit, absent of her former perfection.
She mistakenly thought that her fans would support her. But obviously, the women were appalled with her abs. And the men are sitting around, pathetic and sulking, due to Britney’s lack of exercise. No one seemed to notice that Britney seemed deperate, tattered, breaking in spirit. They only cared that she was flabby.
I’m thinking, maybe the whole head shave thing was an attempt to distance herself from shallow, like modeled women, (nah).
Anyway, we’re always whining about unreasonable standards set by the fashion industry. But you’d think that three women discussing a third woman, would at least warrant a vote of sisterhood.Tearing each other apart on the basis of appearances, performer or no, it just makes the whole generation seem so shallow, to the point of pity. Is this what’s important to people in their 20’s now, someone else’s abs and the worry of breaking the heart of some poor pathetic loser who so unenlightened, he can’t see past her midriff?
I’m just proud that the women found it in themselves to apply this fun, but unrealistic standard to the singer. For without girls like them, we might slip up and backslide into a culture that cares about real life problems, or accidentally have an intelligent comment, or something…
But now, thank goodness, Britney has managed to whip herself back into shape. Makes me feel so much better knowing that all these commentators on CNN can avoid embarrassment on her behalf.
Now, can someone please pass these girls a life?