I guess I’m like most people: I find myself intrigued by the Britney Spears saga and yet, I have no idea why. Really, what’s the big deal? So she got divorced, whoopee; half of American marriages will meet the same fate. So she shaved hear head. Again, who cares: I shave my legs (regularly if I‘m dating someone) and no one ever really seems to notice. I simply don’t get why we as a society care so much about what Britney Spears is doing.
Yet, we are always like this - wide eyed and bushy-tailed each time a celebrity falls on their face, breaks the law, or gets caught doing something to tarnish their public image. Britney certainly isn’t the first celebrity to be at the center of a tabloid circle, she is merely one of the latest.
Now, part of me thinks that Britney, and really celebrities in general, ask for this. After all, they wanted to be famous and this comes as part of the package. And, with their million dollar contracts and 2007 Bentleys, they are more than compensated. However, with Britney I can’t help but think that our obsession has gone a bit too far and I find myself wondering how she snowballed into a tabloid poster child. She, so it seemed, used to seem so normal.
Britney started her career conventionally. After a stint on The Mickey Mouse Club and Star Search, she made a name for herself with the release of her first album, Baby One More Time; it was an album that went all the way to number one on the top of the Billboard charts. Her second album, Oops...I Did it Again was also ridiculously popular, setting records and helping Britney obtain nominations and awards. So far, so normal, but that was about to change.
After being amid a bit of controversy - thanks to breast implant rumors and a hairy breakup with Justin Timberlake - Britney dove head first, or rather lips first, into much more. At the 2003 MTV Music Video awards, Britney, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna appeared on stage to perform, “Like a Virgin.” The song ended with Christina and Britney each sharing a passionate kiss with Madonna. Though both kissed Madonna, it seemed that Britney’s kiss was the lip lock that locked the attention of both press and public.