Look, I don’t want to spend too much time on this blog talking about Britney Spears but something about this AP story just rattled my chain:
Britney Spears finally appears to be acting like a new mom. The pop princess, who recently made headlines for a rash of less-than-motherly hard partying, fell asleep in a Las Vegas nightclub early Monday shortly after leading the New Year’s Eve countdown, her manager said.
And yeah, okay, nobody wants to see their own mother flashing her … how do I put this, my mother reads this blog …hoo-hoo for all the world to enjoy, but from whence does this moralizing tone come, AP? Once you give birth, you shouldn’t be allowed outside the house anymore? There’s something about the “less-than-motherly” phrase that just smacks of “stay home with the kids now that you’ve popped out a couple and don’t ever have any fun again.” Partying isn’t “motherly.” And really, who better to tell us all what motherly characteristics really are than the Associated Press.
Is Little Women out of print? Are we that short on role models, that we need to bug poor Britney Spears to provide one for us? Falling down drunk is not the exclusive privilege of the childless, last I checked, or a number of parties I’ve been to recently would have been a lot less amusing. And yeah, the whole genre of celebrity gossip was invented to allow us to pass judgment on people we don’t know, but when you drag the symbolization of Motherhood into it, it just bugs. I mean, if you don’t think people should get drunk and fall down in public, that’s your thing, and there’s no need to get all OMG SEAN PRESTON AND THE OTHER ONE WHATEVER HIS NAME IS WILL SUFFER!!11! about it. Her behavior is worthy or not worthy of our concern for her own sake, or at least it should be.
Maybe I’m overreacting. Talk to me, people.