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I normally don’t spend a lot of time here on the subject of Britney Spears, but inasmuch as a lot of other blogs do, the opportunity occasionally arises to point to something one of them said.

Herewith, some decent-quality snark found at Hecklerspray:

It’s been reported that medics at the hospital have classified Britney Spears as ‘GD’ — or Gravely Disabled, which allows them to keep Britney against her will.

Seeing Britney Spears described as Gravely Disabled by expert professionals might look incredibly shocking, but don’t worry — Gravely Disabled is actually two or three notches up from Wanting To Marry Kevin Federline, so at least we can presume that Britney Spears is on the up and up.

Twenty years ago I did my own stint in the Home for the Bewildered. If I learned anything from the experience — and who says I have? — it’s that being the center of attention has more drawbacks than delights. I have sought the shadows ever since. (Yes, I’m on display here, sort of, but I have more or less effective control of the narrative, something that’s seldom said of anyone regularly mentioned on TMZ.)

And when you get right down to it, if thirty years down the pike someone asks “Whatever happened to Britney Spears?” there are basically two possible answers: one involves settling down in some place like Tangipahoa Parish, and the other involves being laid to rest in some place like Forest Lawn. For some folks, it’s not as easy a call as you might think.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2008 · 2:27 pm

    I’m no fan of hers but as a fellow human being, I do hope she gets help this time and finds some kind of peace. (And if it’s drugs – that she gets clean).

    Being famous must suck. It probably doubly sucks when it hits you in your teens/early 20s, before your personality is entirely formed.

    As much as I sigh and pine over “laboring in obscurity,” I don’t think I’d want to be famous. Not for the proverbial million dollars.

  2. McGehee »

    2 February 2008 · 5:13 pm

    Being famous must suck. It probably doubly sucks when it hits you in your teens/early 20s, before your personality is entirely formed.

    I think the problem is, at that age one’s character hasn’t fully formed — and sadly, far too many people’s characters never do. How old is The Inevitable Future First Husband these days?

  3. localmalcontent »

    2 February 2008 · 5:49 pm

    Close to McGeehe’s feelings above, but ultimately realizing too, that Brittney can never truly overcome her problems of the present.

    Why not? Because of the obsession with her, which feeds her insecurity, only allieved by her drug of choice.

    Is she our fault? In the end, of the whole, Yes.

  4. CGHill »

    3 February 2008 · 12:40 pm

    I note with some perplexity that at least eight scrapers have reprinted this story, including the perhaps-premature deathofbritneyspears.com.

    Of course, I get no traffic from any of them; mostly they clutter up Technorati and sell Google ads.

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