Oops, Britney failed to bring sexy back again

By Jordana Daum

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last week, you have either seen, heard or talked about Britney Spears’ “comeback” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. It has been a little over a week since Spears rocked our world with her obvious lip-synching, lethargic dance moves, and questionable costume choice and we are still talking about it.

Not only are we still talking about it, numerous celebrities such as Kayne West, Akon, 50 Cent, and even VMA host Sarah Silverman, have commented on her performance, along with it being the top story on many news programs. When you Google “Britney Spears+VMAs” you receive 4,220,000 hits. Why are we still talking about it and why do we care so much?

Britney Spears is not the first celebrity to find herself in a downward spiral. Many celebrities (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan, and Mariah Carey, to name a few) have, at some point in their careers, fallen from grace. Yet, we seem to be more obsessed with Britney Spears. There could be many reasons for this. She has been a part of the entertainment scene forever. We all started noticing Spears in 1998 as an up-and-coming pop star in a school girl uniform for the video “Hit Me Baby, One More Time.” We really noticed her when she ditched the sweet and innocent image for one that is slightly more provocative, to make the understatement of the year. We have followed her life so intently for so many years that it is only natural that we continue to remain interested. To be honest, how many of us can say we have a friend who has been divorced, gone to rehab (twice), shaved her head and attacked a car with an umbrella all in one year? I’m guessing not many.

Our obsession with Britney Spears could also be caused by her very public “personal life.” We were right with Britney as she dated Justin, made out with Madonna, married that guy in Vegas and yes, we were right with her the day she married Kevin Federline. She has never tried to keep her private life private and we are constantly “exposed” to her life. If Britney ever attempted to keep her insane private life a little quieter we would probably all be less inclined to gossip about her.

In the end, whether you love Britney or hate her, you are still talking about her and will probably continue to do so for the next few months as she releases her new CD and continues to shock and amaze us. This week alone, she has already seen her single “Gimme More” rise to number 18 on the Billboard pop charts and been dumped by her management company.  Whether or not Britney will bust out of this current pattern remains to be seen. Regardless, we will all be right there with her the whole time with the help of US Weekly and People Magazine. After all, we are obsessed.