Friday, March 7, 2008


I know this really doesn't fall in the usual realm of policy or
politics. But I came across the above in a drug store yesterday and it so
bothered me that I had to make my comments here. And the more I think
about it, the more I realize, there are policy implications...

It says something about our nation and our culture that we are all
taking pleasure in watching Britney Spears disintegrate. It says
something about us as a nation that we allow an entire industry to
thrive on the mental pain and anguish of a young woman. Britney
Spears was found at a young age and built by music producers and PR
people to be the perfect pop star, and she was. She looked like the
barbie-next door. And for awhile we all loved it. But no one can
exist like that. We make someone the ultimate model of perfection and
then as they tumble we laugh at their fall.

I'm no Britney fan, never was, nor am I an apologist. But I can tell
CNN, MSNBC, and the network news programs that watching a young woman
have a mental break down after being forced into an unrealistic image
of beauty and popularity isn't news. Its pornography. It's not even
good porn, its a snuff film, and we are all watching.

No comments: