Leave Britney Alone?

I must admit I was looking forward to seeing Britney Spears’ performance at last weeks Video Music Awards. In years past, she has always found a way to shock the audience – her choice of a flesh-colored outfit and the use of a python as a fashion accessory. This year, however, did shock me, but not in quite the same way. Spears forgot her own lyrics, aimlessly roamed the stage (Is this choreography? I think not.), and a less than flattering wardrobe selection. In light of the dreadful performance, Chris Crocker, an avid Spears’ fan maintains that we should “Leave Britney Alone.” But why should we?

Pleading with the viewers on You Tube, Crocker runs through a series of unfortunate events Spears has recently been through – having two kids, a divorce from K Fed, and now a custody battle. He screams “She’s a human!”. Thank you, Captain Obvious. She is a human, and life is not always perfect. That’s a fact of life. It is sad that the former teen superstar’s career has plummeted and she has resorted to drugs and alcohol, but using being a human as a reason to leave her alone does nothing to persuade me.

The emotional fan goes on to quote Perez Hilton as maintaining if she was a professional, she would have pulled it off. He responds, “Speaking of professionalism, since when is it professional to publicly bash someone who is going through a hard time.” We all go through hard times, even professionals but it is no excuse not to satisfactorily perform on the job. If a doctor were to screw up an operation because he was going through a divorce with his wife would still be sued for malpractice, be ordered to pay money to the patient, and could lose his license! Britney may be a celebrity, but she is to be held to the same standards as every other professional. Her performance of “Gimme More” was horrid; therefore criticism, as well as loss of her lawyer and manager are appropriate consequences.

Finally, Chris informs us “she’s not well right now.” We all know that! What well person would persistently abuse drugs and alcohol, shave their head, appear in public pantie-less, party through the night instead of rehearsing, and ignore all suggestions from wardrobe staff? If she did not believe she was well enough to do her job – be an entertainer – then she should seek more help, retire from the business, or merely turn down the opportunity to appear on the program.

Spears chose a career in the spotlight, subject to criticism by the press and the public. Give us a reason to praise you, and we will. But she has given us reason to critique and so we do.

So for now, Mr. Crocker, no, we will not leave Britney alone!


One Response

  1. amen!

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