Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Britney's Birthday: Big Deal?

  Maybe it's just me. I'm not all that big on birthdays (I blame it on the fact that mine is only five days away from Christmas, so it often gets overlooked-which oddly enough doesn't seem to bother me).  I have just always wondered why we as a culture are so fascinated with celebrity birthdays.
  Are we shocked that Britney Spears has survived another year on this Earth? Or, are we surprised that she has survived another year in the headlines? Are we celebrating her coming into existence, or coming into the spotlight? Do we secretly envy the ways in which celebrities get to celebrate their 'big' day, with extravagant gifts, custom cakes, and VIP guests?  If anyone has any ideas let me know because I'm still totally at a loss.
By the way, I broke down and watched the Britney MTV special (it was on Demand). I was not impressed. I felt absolutely NO sympathy for Brit and instead felt cheated by the people at MTV. I thought it was supposed to be a "no-holds barred" interview. I thought Brit was supposed to answer all the lingering questions.  I thought wrong. Instead it was an hour of "feel sorry for me because the photogs make my life impossible".  I was aching to see more of Britney the mom, and less of Britney at her video shoots and dance rehearsals (it was the same crap MTV marketed years ago with "Making the Video").  Did it take months of shooting to get that? I think not.  All I got from this was that Brit's life isn't that interesting, she likes cheese-grits instead of Wheaties, and she has relationship issues with her family. I knew two out of those three things before wasting the hour of my life.

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