In all honesty, I did not watch the program when it aired. I was at work, and the guys who brought in a tv wanted to watch the Cowboys/Giants game. (which i feel was a better thing to watch anyways)
When I casually checked the news on my cell phone, I saw nothing but reports indicating that Spears gave a horrendous performance. "that she was fat" "looked like she had taken elephant tranquilizer prior to appearing on stage" "her hair was a mess" "she wasnt into her dance moves at all, and was just going thru the motions until the song ended"
I think society has coined Britney Spears, not necessarily her in particular..but any girl that embraces characteristics being of Britney, she is likely to be called a "Britney Spears". What most arent willing to accept, or tend to think with a one track mind, is that Britney Spears is supposed to be America's sweetheart diva, this is far from the case. Even when she debuted, she was percieved as a good girl with bad girl tendencies. Now, she is full-on naughty..no holds barred raunchy. (where is the censorship?) The "Madonna" of the 21st century.
I think the main problem is that many still have this image of Britney Spears painted forever in their heads of her in her cute white top and plaid skirt ala her "Oops I did it again" video. The girl has aged, folks. She got married, had a kid, went thru a lot of stress and gained a few pounds in the process,..shes not going to retain that nostalgic image you have trapped forever in your feeble head.
So I viewed the video online, I had expected the worst...I heard reports that 50 Cent and Diddy gave her cold steel glares like "what the hell is this bitch doing on stage?" ...honestly, when I viewed the video, her performance wasnt all that bad. it wasnt her best,.but it was different...and being that it was different, maybe thats exactly what she is after..is to differentiate from her known work. If she is making a comeback, then maybe she plans to comeback a little different.
If the performance is as bad as some say it is, then maybe she is trying to kill off her career. Maybe she doesnt want to be "Britney Spears-pop diva" anymore. Maybe she is tired of the media infiltrating her life, maybe she just wants to be left the fuck alone. I dont think a month has passed that some mention of Britney hasnt been on the front cover of some tabloid ever since the drama between her a K-Fed started. If my personal lovelife and drama was featured on national papers for months on end, id probably start smoking or stacking on the pounds too. Its funny that some of the worst critics are those that wouldnt/couldnt do the same things that Britney does.
and Im not trying to sympathize with her, the girl has made her fair share of mistakes in her life and has learned from them. but with all being said, she isnt doing too bad. the question to ask is: is britney spears really trying to make a comeback on her own merit?, or at the persuasion of fan pressure and her record label management? ..personally, I think she is tired from it all. I dont think she wants to be "Britney Spears" anymore. shes tired of the gossip, the media, the rumors,..and if she really did give a lackluster performance,.it was her way of saying "kiss my ass fuckers, heres something for you to talk about, now stay the fuck out of my personal life"
IMHO, i think critics have become stearnly harsh over the years. I feel they have become too judgmental, too abrasive. they dont cut slack for anything., and if the slightest thing seems awry, they are quick to label as being horrid. its a shame, this is the music industry, and I thought music was a form of expression, and being in that, it wouldnt hurt to lend an open ear and eye and allow yourself to enjoy it more fully, and not be so quick to judge a book by its cover. Im not just referring to Britney, but all genres of music.
heres the video, in case you havent seen it.
This post has been edited by sesame_street_hustler: 10 September 2007 - 12:10 PM