Brush With Britney

Brit_2 You look at the wreck on the celebrity highway that is Britney Spears, and you wonder just what happened in her formative years, what she inherited from all that genetic stuff, that caused her to flame out so fabulously.

And you start thinking about how the candy apple doesn't fall that far from the tree.

Daily Sally, who has been sharing her brushes with greatness for years on her blog, posts a beauty in her recollection of the day the 17-year-old Britney visited the studios in Los Angeles, where Sally was working as a producer and the teen queen had come to chat. The Louisiana lollypop arrived with her mom, and the two put on quite a floor show.


Surprise -- chatting was not her strong suit.

To be fair, she was very young. Her mother, though older, was, well, not much wiser. There was a lot of dual gum chewing. Doe-eyed confusion. And near pathological unselfconsciousness.

Or hey, maybe just plain unconsciousness.

The take-away from this too-real post is that Mom asked Britney to show Sally her equipment.

Sally again:

We were in the Green Room, a fairly high traffic area. Soon conspiratorial mother-daughter whispers and giggles resulted in an "impromptu" wardrobe change.

Apparently part of Mom's ploy to solicit my opinion--read: affirmation--as a fellow parent. And who knows, maybe also to seek support (something Britney clearly didn't need) from other adults in the vicinity.

Note: I'm still not comfortable imagining us as even vaguely similar parents. Plus, I have a son, no daughters.

However, as her truly lovely and clueless child stood there naked from the waist up, jaws working, eyes staring into the middle teen distance, one foot tapping to an inner beat, her mother asked me ... wait for it ... "Do you think ah was wrong to buy her them thangs?"

Yeah, really.

Lynn Spears was a grade school teacher. Which doesn't guarantee good parenting. But it should at least require correct grammar.

The problem with wrecks is that it's so easy to slow down and look.

marty west
Posted 09/25/2007 09:32:33 AM

Blah blah blah. Is it really a surprise to anyone that her mom is partially responsible for all of this?

Posted 09/25/2007 01:02:22 PM

Britney was never particularly beautiful or talented. Now people have finally caught on.

Posted 09/25/2007 01:13:23 PM

you know what's coming next: a nude photo session, probably in "Playboy". After that, some embarrassing straight-to-video movies, probably rivaling Dana Plato's work for sheer banality, followed by a similarly pointless suicide.

Joan Murray
Posted 09/25/2007 02:05:14 PM

Is there not anyone in this wide, wide world that's strong enough to stop talking about Britney, and instead put their arms around and embrace her. Is it not ovious that she is lost and in pain? After all, she is only 25 years old, and still have to bring her boys up. Losing one's way is not that uncommon. I wish there was something that I could do to help. It's wrong to continue to put her down. Let's rally around her and help instead of being entertained by her down falls.

doesnt matter
Posted 09/25/2007 03:56:05 PM

Hey Joan Embrace her? Do you think she cared about any of this when she became famous? Ever hear of the saying you reap what you sew? F her, life is bag of shit sometimes, deal with it. I don't talk about her(until now) nor do I care. Enough said.

doesnt matter
Posted 09/25/2007 03:57:29 PM

Hey Joan Embrace her? Do you think she cared about any of this when she became famous? Ever hear of the saying you reap what you sew? F her, life is bag of shit sometimes, deal with it. I don't talk about her(until now) nor do I care. Enough said.

Posted 09/25/2007 04:57:22 PM

Joan, She put herself in the spotlight. And last time I checked 25 means she is an adult. Why don't you go embrace O.J.

Posted 09/25/2007 06:09:05 PM

The Daily Sally is the best blog on the Internet. Sally's objective and insightful viewpoints, combined with her remarkable capacity for finding just the right words, makes this The Daily Sally a Daily Read.

Matthew Noreen
Posted 09/25/2007 10:37:40 PM

I have a family friend who is a Doctor who treated "Mom" - a lot of work was done there too. Silly.

Posted 09/25/2007 11:57:12 PM

Joan, Thanks for having the courage to call for love in a love-less world. Doesnt Matter, Learn the English language. The phrase is "reap what you sow." Enough said

Posted 09/26/2007 12:16:42 AM

yall need to stop bad mouthing britney she still is one of the top selling pop artist to date,when any of these so call singers sell more albums then her then all can talk to me

Posted 09/26/2007 03:35:24 PM

As you can plainly see her sister is being groomed to take her place. No surprise. They packaged Britney, produced her and put her on a shelf, and now is is not selling and just like any other product she is being replaced with the new and improved. Don't be so naive. You know how it works.

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