Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Britney Spears, America's blood sacrifice?

I usually wouldn't weigh in on a celebrity spectacle like what's going on with Britney Spears, but the urgency of this article really caught my eye:

(CBS) Celebrity addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky is weighing in on Britney Spears' problems, saying that the pop star could die if she doesn't get the help she needs.

Although the doctor has never treated Spears personally, he told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Tuesday, "We are watching somebody who is following the Anna Nicole Smith blueprint to the letter. She's keeping people around her that allow her to keep using and that supports her denial.

The ancient Romans had gladiators which they would watch fighting to the death in a stadium with wild animals that could easily tear apart human flesh. I can't help but feel like what we're witnessing with Britney Spears is a modern day version of that, with the tabloid magazines, TV shows and websites selling death to a bloodthirsty public. I would hope that when Spears dies, some of the writers and photographers that stalk people for a living would rethink their lives, but if Anna Nicole, Courtney Love, Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, River Pheonix, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and a myriad of others serve as any example, people don't seem to have alot of problems with watching celebrities deteriorate before their eyes.

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