Yes, Britney Spears is talented…but, after the roller coaster year she has had and the struggle to pull her life together…i guess I expected a bit more of her. She is beautiful, she is talented and she has the drive to become anything she wants to be. That is why i was disappointed by her appearance on Good Morning America this morning for her 27th birthday celebration. I know that all of this media attention is merely publicity for her upcoming tour and album release; but, I was hoping for something a little more. After all, she has revamped her body, her legal standing, and she has regained some control of her well-being over the troubling last year.
She is twenty seven years old…and she “recreated” her past image. I really thought that she would re-invent her image by pulling it together instead of trying to hyper-sex her image. Who of us wouldn’t have responded positively to a more grown up version of the Britney Spears entertainer? Come on…for heaven’s sake…she has the pipes; she doesn’t need to strip down to expose herself by wearing outfits that leave little to the imagination. (For the record, i have the same problem with other talented people like Beyonce who recently introduced her audience to her alter ego, Sasha Fierce). There are audiences who will eat this stuff up; but do they care about the entertainer as a person outside of what is given them on the stage? The performer doesn’t have to live with the audience; they only have to live with themselves when they leave the spotlight. Is the public adulation enough for you? Does the fame help you to live a fuller, happier life when not performing?
It’s bad enough that the music/television business pushes the hyper-sexed robots that sell shows/concerts to the public…but, why in the world do the celebrities exploit their own images? They already have the industry contacts, they have the skill set, they have supportive fans…why do they feel the need to sell their images this way?
I really take issue with Britney’s performance on Good Morning America; as her very young sons and mother were in the audience. Is this necessary to expose your young children to the visual of their mother strutting around on stage in the barest essentials, singing about things like serial womanizing?
Where is the inside soul of Britney? Is she gone? Sometimes when you look at her eyes in photographs …you see such emptiness, vulnerability and sadness. Does she think that this version of her talent is ALL that she has to offer us? I can’t help but think back to the young girl who was beginning her career; the girl who had such a genuine look in her eyes and talked about positive traditional values…she has been missing for a long time. Britney genuinely seemed more like a happier person at that time, more then she does today. Today she has children, she has more material things, she has more money and fame than she did back then. So what’s missing?
I figured when Britney exploded back into the public eye, professionally, we would see a more mature version of her; one that combined who Britney was before she turned into such a hot commodity; and, the person who battled her way through the fire this past year. I know she has it in her to be using her talent in a way that is in alignment with her formerly acknowledged Christian values. Maybe Britney needs reminded that she is a young woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister and an aunt…someone who has a responsibility to represent herself as a positive influence to those around her.
Remember Britney when you talked about keeping yourself pure? Obviously you have had children and adult relationships…but, in that maturing process it appears as if anything goes in public now. How do you want your children to conduct themselves in the next 7-10 years? Are we going to see your children performing as Chippendale-like dancers before an audience of screaming female fans; stripping down to G strings, when they are in their teens? Will you be ok with that? Because that is the example you are putting before the eyes of our young sisters-brothers, and sons-daughters.
And Britney, you are making it appear irresistible…you are rich, you are famous, you are beautiful and, you have the career that many would be thrilled to have. If only you would channel your career into something that is more acceptable in the way of traditional family values; in a world that is craving positive, musical role models. I don’t think that you realize the impact that you have on your young fans.
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