Will Tomorrow Come for Britney?
A few hours after crying my eyes out over Obama's Iowa victory last night, I found myself watching "Gone With the Wind".
I know, it makes no sense but I can only blame it on late night channel surfing. Before I knew it, I was watching Vivien Leigh acting as Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable getting it on as Rhett Butler.
Watching GWTW is like watching a train wreck. Put aside the fact that it's never been a movie I've liked with it's racist depictions of slaves like Mammy and Prissy, who are just sooo happy go-lucky and content with their lot.
Who doesn't cringe at Prissy's classic line, "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies, Miz Scarlett!" Ugh, no wonder the actress that played her, Butterfly McQueen, ended up quitting acting for a long time. Talk about typecasting!
The thing that makes GWTW so train wrecky is that Scarlett is the girl with no morals, an attention whore, the mid 19th century equivalent of Tila Tequila or, gosh...Britney Spears.
Yes, I woke up this morning still buzzing about Barack Obama. But the local LA news was buzzing even more about Britney Spears.
It got me thinking. Maybe what's really been wrong with Britney all this time is that when she was a little girl her mama sat her in front of the TV to watch Gone With the Wind. Britney probably grew up thinking Scarlett O'Hara was just the essence of southern womanhood, the essence of beauty and decorum.
But in reality, Scarlett is a lying, scheming tramp. I mean, two seconds after Ashley Wilkes' wife dies, Scarlett's asking Ashley if he wants to get with her. Britney probably translated that behavior to the 21st century seeing as how she got with Kevin Federline while he had fiancee Shar Jackson pregnant with their second child.
Rhett Butler takes his daughter, Bonnie Blue Butler, away from Scarlett because it's clear Scarlett doesn't give a damn about the child. And of course, K-Fed's lawyers are busy taking away Britney's kids because, well, it's clear she doesn't give a damn about those babies either.
Not that Rhett or K-Fed are ideal, responsible upstanding men, because they're clearly not. So it's weird that I watch GWTW and I'm relieved when Rhett takes Bonnie. And I'm relieved that K-Fed has custody now.
Another thing: Scarlett has always struck me as suffering from some sort of mental illness or personality disorder, and I'm not just saying that because Vivien Leigh was bi-polar in real life .
As for Britney, is she bi-polar? Manic depressive? Does she have multiple personalities? Is it drugs? Is it all of the above?
I don't know but I do know that in "Gone With the Wind" we watch Scarlett act crazy for about four hours. It's truly exhausting to watch her antics during that relatively short amount of time. Even at the end of the movie, Scarlett's still oblivious to the fact that it's her behavior that's the problem. She never once thinks that stepping back and changing her behavior is the answer. Nope, Scarlett thinks that her plantation and getting Rhett back is the answer to everything.
She starts her scheming and then declares, "Tomorrow is another day!"
I always feel like yelling at the TV, "You don't get it! Tomorrow is another day but that day might not come for you!"
We've all been watching Britney act the way she does for a whole lot longer than four hours. I'm mentally exhausted by it, but she seems to feed on the insanity of it all.
She's a lead story on legit news sites. Her face is staring back at me from the magazines lining every checkout stand. She's talked about on the radio. And here I am writing about her on my blog.
It must make her feel like it'll always be that way, like it'll last forever. Like tomorrow will always come.
And the truth is, sometimes it doesn't. I just hope Britney realizes that before it's too late.