That's right, she's everywhere. Just in the last 2 weeks her sorry face bloated up on the cover of Rolling Stone, and she was the subject of a Sunday NY Times op ed piece. What a sad trip, from post teen pop star darling to paunchy slut, in and out of rehab almost weekly, judged an endangerment to her child, and nabbed for DUI. She seems totally unable to control her behavior
Is it mere coincidence that her travails have hogged national attention for the past 6 months, while untold millions have seen their lives disintegrate in the same half year. Why do we care about her when there are so many serious issues to be dealt with; a trillion $ spent on a purposeless war, a crisis in the credit markets that just keeps on expanding, people shooting each other all over country, to mention a few.
Clearly, Britney has gone beyond supermarket checkout tabloid fodder to something much more significant, and that's just the situation, she has become a signifier. Sad to say, I think her distressed psychic state mirrors the current psychic state of the nation. You think you've got problems, look at her. And we seem too have those problems too, Her bloat mirrors the bloat of the population, which has seen obesity become a major health threat. She's in and out of rehab the way so many Americans are in and out of diets.
And nationally we are no better that she in controlling our behavior, endlessly buying SUVs, upgrading to ever larger flat panel screens, while home forclosure looms. And drugs, even the warlords in Afghanistan are hard pressed to keep up with poppy product demand.
To paraphrase cartoonist Walt Kelley, we have seen Britney, and she is us.