Thursday, September 13, 2007

Valley Of The Dolls And Britney Spears

Finished Valley of the Dolls and must say I enjoyed it thoroughly. What I don't understand is how a book with such a 1950's perspective on woman became such a hit when it was released in 1966. Nineteen sixty-six was right at the beginning of the woman's movement and the sexual revolution. NOW (National Organization for Woman) was founded that year and "The Pill" had been available since 1960. How did a book who's main characters lives were focused on finding a man, since that was more important than anything else they could achieve in life, sell 30 million copies since it was first published? Maybe because it is such trashy fun.

First, Britney Spears is not fat. Second, doesn't anyone have anything better to do than to criticize her? Apparently not. Jeannie Moos of CNN did this report on CNN about the buzz surrounding Spears appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. I walked in at the end of the report just as Moos was showing a YouTube video of a young man crying and screaming out the words, "LEAVE BRITNEY SPEARS ALONE!"
I stopped dead in my tracks totally dumbfounded. I found this boy's reaction to the uproar surrounding Spears both embarrassing and uncomfortable to watch.

It took me a few minutes to figure out why I found him so distressing . It was because he was crying with the same intensity as a two-year-old. When babies cry they are so devastated by what they are feeling they hold nothing back. Of course two minutes later they are happy as clams but that doesn't mean the tears weren't real. I get the feeling that this young (age 18 or 19) man's tears stopped as soon as he put the camera down. That does not mean his tears were not real just that his behavior was not normal for someone that age. Behavior that is out of the norm is always disturbing. Which is probably why this video has been watched 4,249,807 times already.

(You can watch the video here if you want. Just scroll to the bottom.)

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