OK, so with Mossie's excellent post about Brittney I started thinking about the situation. Most of the people I heard talking about it have been shocked by her appearance, it seems it's worse to be out of shape than obviously in dire need of intervention. The word "fat" has been thrown about, mostly by media types (I'd like to see some of the journalists and DJs cavort about the stage in their knickers and pants....Not!). So the fact is that this girl is in trouble, she spent her childhood and youth as a "star", as soon as she was offered a "normal" life and the security of family she ran into it, she wasn't the first person to run into a bad relationship, and she won't be the last. Obviously drink and drugs are involved, and again let's be honest here are we all holy Joe's? never drunk a bottle of wine cos you don't want to face up to reality, eaten a box of chocolates, a pizza for 4 or worse?
Brittney went from sexed up teenager to yummy mummy overnight, she had two kids in extremely quick succession, they say two years is the minimum time you have between kids to let your body get back to normal, she has like a year and a bit between them? Physically her body isn't the same, and some celebrities who have kids just "snap" back into shape, do they? Apparently among the moneyed classes and the too posh to push class they have the elective section and tummy tuck done at the same time, apparently. Then there are the Liz Hurleys of this world who admit to "just not eating".
Why do we put this pressure on women who have kids to have the abs of a seventeen year old, the media encourages it, and we encourage the media by buying into the hype! Brittney has always been a sexual woman, that's how she sold herself, but when she ad her children her body would have changed, a lot of women go through this and it's hard to feel sexy while you are being motherly! Maybe that's where the "NO KNICKERS" thing comes from, a juvinille attempt to feel sexy, and be seen as sexy (I know...it's so not sexy)?
It really pisses me off, I know lots of different people, some fat, some thin, some beautiful, some ugly, some nice and some nasty. I don't judge them, I accept their good and bad qualities and I hope they accept me, so why do we judge people who's job it is to entertain us? They are human beings too, they deserve our respect, we seem to lose our empathy with people as the gain celebrity we almost see them as less human than us mortals.
By the way, I'm in no way a fan of Brittney Spears, the sexualisation of younger and younger girls is down to people like her. I just find the fact that the media have lambasted her for being badly dressed and out of shape! Would she have gotten as many front pages if she'd been toned and preformed with her old ease? This is a young mother with problems, problems a lot of women have, but because she is under the microscope of celebrity what chance is there that she'll be able to heal?