Since she first did a back-hand-spring into my heart

My next piece about Britney Spears is up at Alpha Mom:

“It was once Britney got pregnant, though, that I really had a hard time believing what I was seeing: the many, many times she was photographed barefoot in public or looking like she hadn’t showered since last century. Why would someone as rich as she is, with as much fame and attention, walk out of the house looking like that when she knows a picture of her bra-less nipples are going to show up the next week in magazines across the country? It was less a disapproving reaction than a confused one, and I was fascinated with the anthropological implications of this superstar showing up in photographs screaming: PLEASE JUDGE ME HARSHLY.”

I’m going to open up comments here because I think there could be an interesting discussion about this. And also because I’m crazy.

  • rachel

    That was woderfully written. Although I never really had an opinion about her one way or the other, her Matt Lauer interview made me really, really sad. It must be so hard to feel you have to defend your marriage and your family so publicly. Relationships are so hard anyway without being scrutinized by the whole world. I hope she can look back on this time in her twenties like you can, Heather, and shake her head and smile a little.

  • andrea0418

    Man. I don’t have any children, but I sit on pins and needles when the topic of motherhood comes up on people’s websites.

    The way mothers rip eachother apart and judge eachother simply amazes me.

  • cel123

    Thanks for saying pretty much everything I was thinking about Britney, but perhaps a little afraid to admit it. She’s human, right? I’d like to think that she’s doing the best she can as a mother, just like the rest of us.

  • m-m-m-mishy

    I am not a mother, but I am about Britney’s age. First, I am not a fan of her music. It’s just not my style. However, I don’t think that chastising a woman over every single thing she does is fair. Especially when ever single thing she does ends up in tabloid magazines around the world. I’ve made mistakes and I will continue to do so, as I’m sure Britney will. I couldn’t imagine how it would feel to have everyone critize me about how my husband is a loser and I should dump him while I am pregnant with his kid, or about how I’m a terrible mother because photographers detail my every waking hour but only publish the times when I look my worst.

    Do I think that she should have driven with her kid on her lap? No, because ever time I see that picture I can only think about what would have happened if there was an accident and the airbag went off. However, I can tell you that my parents weren’t perfect. My mother dislocated my elbow twice trying to get me into too small clothes and my dad turned his back for a second and my brother wandered off into a store in the mall (he was found and my father’s heart attack was averted).

    No one is perfect.

    Good piece, Heather!

  • Jlemm

    MOTHERHOOD IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER. I don’t care who you are or how much money you have, you are going to do something stupid with your kid at some point.

    I just thank the good Lord that no one was there to photograph the time I forgot to buckle the infant carseat to the car and it flipped over in the backseat when I took a turn, the time I cluelessly walked around Target for hours with 2 huge wet breastmilk wet spots on my shirt, the time I was too busy talking to a friend at the mall foodcourt to notice that my one year old was choking on a french fry, the time I walked off an elevator and looked back in time to see the doors close on the frightened face of my 2 year old, the time I was in postpartum hell and I actually asked my sister if she thought my husband would forgive me if I just moved to a new city and changed my identity, the time I unconsciously opened the sliding doors on our minivan and caught my 3 year old in between the door and another car, and on and on and on….

    Britney has been called many things including white trash, trailer trash, a slut, a bad mother, and a dumb blonde – but when it comes down to it SHE IS HUMAN.

  • Marlespo

    I agree with you one hundred percent. I accidentally locked my 10 month old son into the car in the middle of the summer and had to have the police come break into my car. A *total* accident, a *total* nightmare, and oh my God, can you imagine if the press cared about me? I’d be labeled a Terrible Freak Mom. I’d have Mommy Blogs ripping me a new asshole every 14 minutes.

    Mothers are the biggest haters, it is so true. Every mom has a story of “that bitch who judged me but ohmygod she doesn’t understaaaand”. So perhaps it is those attacks that make us attack back. I don’t know.

    It is why I avoid online motherind communities. It is why I don’t read parenting magazines. It is why I didn’t attend prenatal classes. It is why I don’t read parenting books. Maybe I’m missing out on some community by doing that, but I feel like my own community – friends, family, neighbors, blogs I trust – is good enough. Why go elsewhere just to be told that I’m wrong and that I suck?

    I love Britney now, because I see myself in her. The messy wad of hair, the not quite picture perfect marriage (though I must admit I think kfed is a bad idea), the reality of motherhood.

    Motherhood is NOT what Denise Richards makes it out to be. It is NOT what Heido Klum makes it out to be.

    It is you. It is me. It is Britney.

  • Margaret

    The thing is, I like Britney better for her shocking ability to lay herself out there to be judged human. It’s almost like part of that thing where she played the naughty innocent, when she was really too young to be as bad as her costumes implied. Who wants to watch another super-polished star? Britney is an original.

  • Jen

    That’s a pretty sweet article, Heather. I am glad you brought up the point that someone else’s mistakes, humanity and reality can be encouraging to other people, and I plan on viewing Britney in a different light from now on. :)

  • ieatcrayonz

    I can’t say anything bad about Brit. For one thing, I know I’ve been out in public not looking my best. And another, her boobs are just so…what were we talking about?

  • Nils Ling

    Heather said: “I think some of you have missed my point ENTIRELY about just how judgmental mothers are of other mothers.”

    I think she should have said: “I think some of you have proved my point ENTIRELY about just how judgmental mothers are of other mothers.”

  • NinasMom

    Ok, I was trying to be quiet here, but to hell with it.
    Being country is one thing, being safe is another. Sure, I got to sit on my dad’s lap and “drive” the car. It was fun, it was a good memory, and it’s something that both my dad and I admit was stupid. Times have changed, people are more reckless, roads are more dangerous.

    And by the way ME, while there may not have been any “random baby kills 19 news stories”, there was a story about a woman who accepted a ride from someone without a car seat, had her toddler in her lap, and after driving just down the street, was hit by a car, fell 50 feet off an overpass, and lived only to find her baby girl dead. Because she didn’t think it was a big deal to go down the street with her baby in her lap. She was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and lives with that every day of her life.

    Extreme example, but true reality. Britney is a role model, whether she wants to be one or not.

  • kirgrowl

    i totally agree with everything you’ve said, heather. people are being way to harsh. where were the cruel words from mothers around the world when we were looking at video of kate moss doing lines of cocaine at 2 in the morning? where was her daughter? who was watching her. we are a land of hypocrites. at least she is spending time with her child and not leaving him alone with some nanny all day.

  • Pascha

    34, Me, yes I drove on my dad’s lap…not when I was a baby, though. And not on a freeway. It was always on back roads where there was no other traffic. I was disappointed when I saw those photos, but it doesn’t make her a bad person. What bugs me most about it is she tells different stories about why that happened. She should just pick one and go with it so people don’t rip on her even more.

  • Jenners

    Oh after I hit the post button I thought of an incident that would have been fodder for the paparazzi that you all might enjoy.

    My sister and I had our babies 2 months apart–her first and my second. When my daughter 3 and a half months old, my husband and I went to his work Christmas party up in Pine Valley Mountain (we’re in St. George for all you who are southern Utah savvy). A highway patrol officer came in the restaurant well into the party and warned us that a storm was beginning and all those that didn’t have snow tires or chains, etc, had better take off now and GO SLOW. We had a little Geo Prism and hell yeah we went slow. It took us forever to get to my mom’s house to get our children. Meanwhile my breasts were like overripe watermelons with the need to nurse.

    Upon arriving at my mom’s I raced into her house knowing I would be getting a phone call from child welfare services the next day for starving my baby. My mom took one look at me holding my balloon-like mammaries up and said, “Thank goodness your sister came by.” Yes my sister nursed my child. While we may not be “country,’ but by damn we’re family and the paparazzi would have torn us asunder. Well I’m thinking of a finger for them; just one.

  • Thérèse


    You know, until I read that piece, I too was mostly just confused as to why Britney did those things. Not being a mother, it didn’t even occur to me that it could be that… just that. Maybe she is simply trying to live her life without constantly thinking about the tabloids and what people think. It must add a completely different dimension of difficult to her life.

  • Charissa

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Britney’s,musically, but I really feel sorry for her now. I’m her age, and a mom of two, but when I have a bad day and don’t look my best or trip while holding the baby, the only person that knows is my husband. Also, my two are two and a half years apart. I can’t imagine going through pregnancy when your first baby is only two months old!!!

    And to have tabloid readers watching would just kill me. I ventured the two blocks to the grocery store yesterday with the baby in a carrier and my 2 year old in the stroller, but not buckled in. On the wipes aisle, he slid out under the snack tray and started to run away from me. I did the only thing there was to do and held the baby’s head with one hand and ran and hefted Wyatt onto my hip with the other and put him back in the stroller, with him screaming and splaying out his feet so I couldn’t fit him in. People were giving me looks and I just wanted to say “If you’re not going to catch him for me then mind your own goddamn business”.

    Poor thing, I just hope she and her kids make it through all this in one piece.

  • Karyn

    It’s nice that she’s showing us the “warts and all” picture of motherhood, and yes it is sad that she has to do it in the public eye – but, gee, well Heather, I just don’t agree with you.

    I too cringe when I see her giggling and snapping her gum while talking to Matt Lauer – wishing fervently that she’d just for a second realise how she must look and sound, and somehow wish that she could just get it together.

    I mean really – if she wears bad clothes, and lets it all hang out, all over the place – that’s one thing, but she’s got a baby now and she just has to step up.

    To extend the hand of sympathy to Brittney all it would take is for her to let us see, for just a second that Sean Preston’s well being is at the forefront of her thinking.

    It doesn’t matter what she wears, when she gets up in the morning, how often she showers, what she says on TV or even who her ‘husband’ is…

    * new comment after re-reading your alpha-mom post.

  • Creatrix

    Speaking of “airbrushed”, that Bazaar cover photo is so heavily Photoshopped that Britney is unrecognizable. She looks like her own much younger sister. A little honesty on her part would have been appreciated.

  • Anne Glamore

    Since I spent the first five months after my son was born walking around topless (it was just too damn much trouble to deal with that nursing bra and a shirt), I’m giving her props for wearing a bra at all.

  • stephanie

    i just wanted to say –

    i was never a britney spears fan. and she’s an airhead. and i wish superstars would stop throwing around the phrase “paparazzi” like it’s an excuse to piss and moan when they chose this life. and she looks like crap and i hated that i legitimately could not tell if she was wearing pants or not in her interview with matt lauer.

    but i let out a big sigh of relief when i read that you didn’t think she was a bad mother.

    when i was a baby my mother left the stove on and the entire kitchen caught fire. my mom was on the floor with me and thus didn’t notice the entire house filling with smoke. thankfully we got out okay.

    later in my baby life she wasn’t paying attention and i flew down two flights of stairs in one of those walkers and banged my face on the concrete landing.

    but my mom is awesome, i wouldn’t ask for any other mom. you live and learn. everyone makes mistakes, and mothers aren’t any exception. because of this i was seriously shocked & appalled to see that child services had to investigate britney spears?! wtf. compared to my baby life, tripping on some cobblestones or having your kid in your lap while in a parking lot ain’t shit.

  • brandy

    I think Britney’s main problem is that she has mentally never grown up.
    She was handled from a very young age and told what to do when to do it and how to be.
    Now she’s decided she’s a “grown up” (what adult uses the word grown up about themselves?)getting rid of all of her handlers and doing things how she thinks they should be done.
    Except mentally she seems to be around 14 or so.
    She makes mistake after mistake and always has excuses as to why these mistakes happen “shes southern” “the paparazzi” instead of saying “Im human and fucked up.”

    Although if I see one more photo of her with her kid on her hip in nothing but a diaper Im going to have to beat her.

  • monkeyaker

    It seems that almost anyone who has sucess at a young age is eventually grown tired of by the public. We get irritated by their perfect life and long for them to show some signs of vulnerability or fallibility. Sick, but true. The entertainment media plays us like a violin and we ask for more. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has bad hair days (or years). Ugg up, Brit, we still love you!

  • Me

    Are we for real? Did noneya ever “drive” your dad’s pickup before you were old enough to see over it without standing in Dad’s lap?

    Dang. Those are some of the best memories I have- of that and of my little bro doing the same thing. We still laugh about it. Brit’s right, that’s just what we do down here. I’ve never heard of anybody dying from it either- no random “baby kills 19″ news stories, and I’m sure it’d make the news.

    Ya’ll need to lighten up, maybe try relaxing and such. Less stress, less worry, more pleasure.

    But I’m guessing this is the same group that’s never fired a gun, much less in kindergarten hee hee ya’ll poor little ole thangs….

  • anniem

    Part of me wants that “poor girl” to tidy up a bit. She is a public figure out there all the time for the world to judge. But, the other part of me finds it completely refreshing that she is so famous and yet so unpolished. It is very obvious that she doesn’t have a coach whispering “right” answers in her ear, and that is something way outside the norm these days. Congrats for not being a typical pop-queen robot Brit!
    Great writing once again Dooce. Anna Nicole next? HA.

  • dyanna

    ME, you are hilarious, and you do have a point. I’m not from the South. At least we agree, Kevin isnt good for her.

  • Zoot

    Ever since Kevin “happened” – I’ve done much more cursing of her family and friends than of her. Why doesnt someone intervene? I have felt very sorry for her for awhile because, I married someone in a pseudo-desperate moment where you hope that it will just make things better, but deep down you kind figure it won’t. I worry about her and something think, “If I could just have a few lunch dates with her, I think I could be SUCH a help!”


  • Me

    Oh, forgot to say: Great article, Dooce. As always. You’re a helluva writer.

  • MichelleM

    Just the other day I saw a mom backing out of her driveway with her baby on her lap and I was mortified. I did not, however, leap out of my car and start snapping pictures to sell to every gossip rag in the free world. Nor did I roll my window down and scream at her for being a bad mommy (no biscuit!).

    I think that most moms are just trying to do their best. And I KNOW that we don’t all agree on what best is. Being a newish mom is hard enough without being judged. And being judged is hard enough without having your every moment played out in a public forum.

    I have to say that lately I’ve been seriously thinking about how I treat and how I talk about other moms. I’m trying to take the “do unto others” approach.

    (How many of y’all pictured me doing “air quotes” as you read this?)

  • Pascha

    I forgot to add, I noticed some people were talking about her looks during the interview, and why can’t her stylists say something. Her stylists did not help her get ready the day of the interview. She dressed herself, and did her own hair and makeup. While I personally wouldn’t have gone that route, she has the right to do so, even though we may not have liked her choice.

  • Mrs. Ricardo

    Well written Dooce (as always). Yes, motherhood has become supremely competative. It used to be that women helped each other, now, for the most part they just want to tear others down (to hide their own short-comings) and then kick them a few times just to make sure.

    I don’t really have an opinion on BS’s talent. I think it is wonderful that she does have a passion to have a family (and all that entails). If I had tried to do the same at her age I would have made mistakes too. She’s young, she’s figuring things out and unfortunately for her (and us) it’s all done in front of the media’s ever-watchful eyes.

    I’ve seen the video of her crying after she slipped with the baby and I wondered then (as I do now), why didn’t someone just give her a hug and make her feel human rather than just stare at her like a freak.

    She’ll figure it out – just like we all have. EVERYONE makes mistakes.

  • Me

    Ok, now I’m kinda irked here….

    If you travel all over (the country, the world), or read news from all over, surely you can pick up on one simple fact: fashion styles are very different in different areas.

    Hence, NY’ers? soooo business like. Everybody in grey and black. LA’ers? Pricks. Stuck up, fashion worshippers. Down South? Think Dolly Parton, upp’d a notch. Big boobs, bra strap/g string showing, a little dirty, a little real.

    We got a saying ya know: God made dirt, dirt don’t hurt.

    Stop knockin on our life and we’ll keep our grubby little paws outta yours. Men down here want girls that aren’t afraid to hop on the back of a 4 wheeler and tear it up, or maybe take their own and get covered in mud.

    They want a girl who can shoot pool, open a beer bottle with her teeth, who can b*tch slap any heifer that gets outta line with her man at Hooters.

    Different world people. Its a different world.

    Brit’s the idol of most of the teen girls down south. She’s living the life.

    She needs to come on back- we’ll take care of those nasty paparrazi for her. A 22 up their *ss oughtta fix that.

  • DivineDiva

    By nature we are judgemental, when we become mothers we upped the ante. We look down on those around us . People who show the slightest amount of flaws. When did we get blessed with the gift of perfection? Who died and made us boss?

    I am a mother of six children, I have been stigmatized as someone who is either must be an illiterate hobo, who can’t read the birth control instructions, or as some uber- religious zealot intent on taking over the earth with my seedlings. (really I am)(( taking over the world)) People just can’t seem to grasp the fact that I love my children.(love making them too!)
    The fact I am trying to point out is that Britney is human. She burps, has sex, farts and poops like the rest of us. We are so mesmerized by the air brushed, p.r. controlled person that we don’t really see the girl that exists on a deeper level. We don’t want to see her flaws or be human , because to be human just isn’t enough. Her making mistakes puts light on the fact that WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. We squirm with at the thought of our insecurities being shown.
    Have we as women ever had our bra strap showing?,had roots, or God forbid chewed gum while chatting? Yes there is such a thing as manners , tact ect. But should we strive so hard to be perfect when we are constantly getting slapped with the not good enough card? Pop culture has become our Bible. Why? Why do we all have to conform to the norm that YOU MUST BE PERFECT AT ALL TIMES? Ask your self have you ever made some poor choices? Ever done something people tsk-tsd?
    Yes, she’s in the public eye but does that give us the right criticize to her whole life. Give us the right to play God? Judge her every move? Are we so dissatisfied with our lives that we must grasp on to hers? Life is too short to bitch about what she doing.

  • momtolivi

    I’ve always been a huge Britney fan. Until she hooked up with Cletus–he has brought her down so low.

    I agree with Heather’s Alpha Mom article. Those first few months of motherhood are pure hell. You’re so scared–of everything. Even those of us who spent so much time wanting and planning a baby were turned upside down once that little bundle arrived.

    Part of me feels so bad for her but another part says, “Wake up! What the hell are you doing? You’re a beautiful, wealthy girl who can do anything you want. Why are you married to a scum bag and having not one, but TWO of his children? I think she’s stuck right now. I just hope she finds the strength to regain herself and become the amazing girl/woman she once was.

  • Annejelynn

    …”also because I’m crazy.”

    That got the BEST laugh outta me.

  • kittykatgrl

    Perfectly said (as usual) Heather! I’m betting on the previous “appearance exhaustion” post. I think she will eventually dump the skankiest (is that a word?) man on the planet, lose some weight, and WOW us by her late 20′s.

  • Msyvone

    Brittney has annoyed me from the very beginning. It erupted Mt. Vesuvious style the day I decided to spend my lunch hour shopping for a bathing suit. That is torture on its own. AH, but to add insult to injury, I happened to meander to the mall the SAME DAY, SAME HOUR as a Brittney “in store” appearance. “Hit me Baby One More Time” played consecutively for over an hour as I wriggled into ill fitting suit after another. 13 year old girls ran screaming all over the department, which was right next to Juniors. I never saw her. I heard she didn’t show up for at least an hour and a half.

    Brittney was on my shit list from that day forth.

    I saw a clip of the NBC interview. All I could think of was how my Grandmother would have had a coniption fit. Grandmother hated gum.

    “She looks like a cow chewing her cud!”

    And you know, she really did.

  • dyanna

    To comment to Heather’s comment, I did read what you wrote and I thought it was poignant. I agreed with almost everything you said… But the thing is, I’M a new mother too. My son is going to be 5 months old and I just started back at work. I dont have all the stylists and whatnot, but I made it ‘my thing’ to always make sure to shower and change every day even if I went absolutely nowhere. No, I didnt wear makeup and my clothes were baggy, and yes, I have gone out with spit-up all over me, and I even walked across to my neighbors while my son only had ONE SOCK ON (gasp!!) but I dont have a nanny or any sort of assistants to help me. I think when you do, there really is no excuse for looking and acting so trashy.

  • anneelizmary

    Generally, you have made excellent, insightful, and generous comments about Britney as girl, woman, and phenom. It is nothing less than cultural anthropology, this territory; thanks for covering it.

    Two other factors occur to me. First, as a product and then as a mother, I cannot believe how her own mother dropped her like a rock to promote her sister. Of course Britney may have banned her, but there have always been lots of friends and folks from home willing to share her fame; some of those friends and their mothers should be sticking around now to help her–if not into a polished older product, then to a more assured and graceful mother. This part of the culture has abandoned her, and she is too close to the subject and too conflicted to realize it (if she did, she would be enraged and we would hear about it).

    The other component is the uncomfortable fact that as a woman seemingly more mature in marketing than in living her personal life sufficiently discreetly to hide the belly flops, she herself is conflicted–she cannot afford NOT to care about her grungy clothes and shoelessness–the trailer trash comments have been around longer than Kevin and motherhood. It is a misjudgment about how far “reality” moments can grow a career which is based on careful staging. She obviously does care, since by fits and starts she makes attempts at growing her image. What rankles both consumer and consumed is that her sense of entitlement is bigger than our forgiveness of her. Her petulance at our lapsed willingness to see her as she once presented herself is a function of her training us to expect the one, and her attempt to substitute, the other.

  • textimage


    thanks as always for the read(s). i like your brining attention to ms. spears single handedly tearing down the glossy facade of celebrity publicity and polish, however if would be a more powerful statement if in fact this was her intention. you cant go from being a manufactured product to a renegade showing by example that you poo-poo whats wrong with the dependence on image AND then to turn around and dye your hair dark brown (which loooks lovely on her by the way) and pose nekkid in bazaar. she is a plain ol mess and cause shes doing it blindly, seemingly w/o the ability to understand her rebel actions, the potential for social critisism via britney is lost. sorry dooce.

    one more observation i find torubling and worth of discussion. you wrote: “she was photographed driving with her child in her lap.” the choice to say she was “photographed” driving with her child on her lap subtlely distracts from the actual act of her choosing to drive withher child on her lap. which is horrific, stupid and sure it’s sad too. but inexcuseable and to paint it any other way is troublesome. everyone deserves compassion as does britney but compassion does not mean NOT speaking (writing) honestly about the human condition as well as its manifestations.

    all best.

  • Lauren

    Jesus christ, don’t get me started on the poor girl – I’d never stop.

  • Jill Shalvis

    I’m just grateful I’m not the only one making mistakes!

  • Jill Murray

    Yeah, man.

    I’ve dropped my share of babies in my time. It happens. Them critters is wrigggly.

    I’m with you. I was confused at first, but I’m starting to get it.

    Everything perfect all the time is BORING. Up with reality.

  • Pascha

    I’ve always loved Britney, but the poor girl has just gone deep into a downward spiral. And as hard as she tried to redeem herself in her interview with Matt Lauer, I think it just made things worse for her.

  • saplej

    Even if she did her own hair and makeup doesn’t kevin care enough about her and her image(his cash cow)to tell her babe not that outfit.. that is assuming he is living in the house. It just goes to prove she is surrounded by yes men..
    yes britney walk barefoot in public bathrooms
    yes britney that looks fine without a bra
    yes britney it is fine to wear a bra with a backless halter
    yes britney kevin is a great guy and cute
    yes britney you should pose naked on the cover of vanity fair when you are in that stage of your pregnancy that just kinda makes you look fat and not really pregnant..

    On the barefoot subject… I am barefoot as much as possible in my life but not in gas station bathrooms

  • Karyn

    You know, if you’re in the public eye, are famous and know that the paparazzi document your every move…surely it can’t be that hard to just not do dumb stuff.

    Being famous is sort of like having a job…if your boss is standing over you then you gotta be on your best behaviour…Brittney the paparazzi is your boss…how hard can it be to remember to keep yourself nice?

    Plus…how many days after Sean Preston’s birth did she conceive spawn #2?

  • saplej

    Even if she did her own hair and makeup doesn’t kevin care enough about her and her image(his cash cow)to tell her babe not that outfit.. that is assuming he is living in the house. It just goes to prove she is surrounded by yes men..
    yes britney walk barefoot in public bathrooms
    yes britney that looks fine without a bra
    yes britney it is fine to wear a bra with a backless halter
    yes britney kevin is a great guy and cute
    yes britney you should pose naked on the cover of vanity fair when you are in that stage of your pregnancy that just kinda makes you look fat and not really pregnant..

    On the barefoot subject… I am barefoot as much as possible in my life but not in gas station bathrooms

  • Nancy

    I’m too old to be much of a Britney fan, but it is heartening to see that she seems to have such a strong desire to be a mother.

  • CannonballInto

    I love Britney Spears. In fact, I love everything about her. Right down to the fact that she goes out of the house without any make-up. I say this because how many people are comfortable with walking outside make-upless? Not many. And how many people alway look good in pictures? Even less. And of course the pictures that are published of Britney are going to be the least flattering!

    People want to see her fail. People want to see all celebrities fail. It’s the way the world works. We want celberities to look good all the time but then we say how “Hollywood” they are.

    There is no right thing Britney can do. But like you said on AlphaMom, she is a mother and that comes first. And this motherhood is a full-time job that she wants to excel at, that she is doing herself and not for the world.

    Still, she should wear shoes and a bra.

  • Vikki

    I think it is very complicated. I am not a fan of Britney’s but I also know that I would not like my parenting to be scrutinized the way hers has been and will continue to be. I’ve always found her a bit irritating but, now, I just feel bad for her. Being a parent is hard enough without being married to someone who calls himself K-fed.

  • Elle

    To sum up the opinion of yet another Su’thener:
    Big tree fall hard.
    Or bi-ug tray fawl hawrd. However you choose to say it.

    It’s no biggie. I forgive her.
    What I wouldn’t forgive her for is staying perfect.