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Why I would never want to be famous
Posted by: McQ on Friday, May 19, 2006

Not that there is much chance of that.

My brother and I have had this conversation a number of times, and he always says "I'd hate to lose my anonymity". I agree. One of the reasons I've used "McQ" on the net for years is the anonymity it has given me. I finally decided to put my name on the blog because I feel I should "sign" my work with a name and not part of one.

All of that to highlight this:
Britney Spears stumbled outside a Manhattan hotel, nearly dropping her 8-month-old son and further fueling the ever-growing media scrutiny of her parenting skills.

In photos splashed across the front page and inside the New York Post on Friday, the 24-year-old pop star is shown exiting The Ritz-Carlton hotel with Sean Preston in one hand and a glass in the other

As her bodyguards walked Spears to her car, she stumbled - her long pants apparently getting tangled in her open-toed shoes - and bent low as Sean Preston's head flung backward, knocking off his orange hat.

Spears, though, was able to keep her balance and hold on to her son, with help from a bodyguard, who reacted quickly.

A call to Spears' publicist Friday seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The baby bobble was the latest public incident involving the safety of Spears' child. Earlier this week, she was photographed driving with Sean Preston in a car seat facing forward rather than facing backward, which some safety regulations say is best.
The headline says "Britney Spears Stumbles, Almost Drops Baby". It's is reported in Forbes.

Forbes? This is a story worthy of Forbes?

The woman accidentally stumbled. She had the baby in her arms. Nothing happened. Is this the first time this particular event has been observed? Heck I fell down some stairs carrying my sleeping 2 year old grandson. No one was hurt, but can you imagine if it had been Spears?

And what has this accidental stumble done? It is "further fueling the ever-growing media scrutiny of her parenting skills."

Amazing. Simply, stunningly amazing.

While I might scrutinize her ability to walk, I can't find a thing an accidental stumble has to do with 'parenting skills'.

Oh and even worse:
Earlier this week, she was photographed driving with Sean Preston in a car seat facing forward rather than facing backward, which some safety regulations say is best.
Wow ... some safety regulations say it is best eh? Glad that was included in the article.

And finally this: "The baby bobble was the latest public incident involving the safety of Spears' child."

No wonder most famous people detest the press.
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I’d say the press are jackals and vultures, but that’s a disservice to some fine carrion-eaters.
Written By: Dave
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You don’t have to be a celebrity to have your parenting skills questioned. My sister chewed me out for allowing my older children to ride in cars without booster car seats. My mom expressed her displeasure at my encouraging my kids to save their birthday money instead of blow it all on toys. My mother-in-law treated us to a lecture on laziness vs. cleanliness because we cleaned every room in our house except the garage for an upcoming party. It’s fun and amusing to nitpick others, not just celebrities, and people get a self-righteous kick out of it.
Written By: Wacky Hermit
Oh I understand, Hermit ... but your perceived shortcomings didn’t end up as a headline in Forbes.

Forbes, for heaven sake.
Written By: McQ
That this ended up in a magazine just means her parenting skills are being questioned by a larger audience. This is to be expected because Spears is a celebrity and more people know who she is.

On the other hand, I do question the sanity of the Forbes editors. This sort of crap is (almost entirely) the demesne of females. If I were a bit more misogynistic (and I’m the world’s only female misogynist), I’d suggest that this is what you get with the "feminization" of the workplace— otherwise reputable magazines waste their time on catty gossip, just like the more immature members of my sex. Isn’t Forbes supposed to be some sort of financial magazine? Do they think they’ll attract female readers and maybe get them interested in financial matters if they only throw in some trashy celebrity dirt?
Written By: Wacky Hermit
My kid falls and gets a concussion:

[crickets chirping]

Britney’s kid falls and gets a concussion:

Britney Fails to Supervise Child
Child Protective Services to Investigate

Methinks she has grounds for complaint.
Written By: David R. Block
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The hatred against Brittany is based partly upon her fame, wealth, and good old envy. But I am convinced that it is fueled primarily by her rural southern roots.
Many, Many Americans who would be appalled at the use of the "N" bomb, or calling a gay person a "fag", don’t blink an eye at the most horrible and hateful stereotyping of white southerners.
Written By: kyle N
I do think she needs help though. i mean gwyneth and madonna don’t seem to be having all this trouble and their husbands aren’t around much either. britney’s loaded so like get some extra help, have a counselor to teach, get her mom to help...after a while when you have money at your disposal and many many parenting books you can buy, there’s no excuse to do some of the dumb dumb jackass things she’s been doing. you do not drive with the top down because some lunatic could
a. try to throw something at her
b. rocks, bugs, anything can hit them
c. too much sunlight could really give sean third degree burns
d. too much wind could snap his head back if she’s driving fast—DUH!!

and then driving with him in her lap? and always carrying him instead of carrying him in a bjork thing that would be safer and easier since she’s pregnant again....etc...etc...this is not a dumb girl. she does need to get a clue already.
Written By: emma
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You’re also in the Atlanta area, right? I realize this is probably quite a bit late, but several of the Atlanta libertarian bloggers are doing a little meetup at the Vortex in Midtown tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7... Here’s Catallarchy’s announcement of the event/etc...

I’m really hoping we don’t all get arrested for sedition, but we’ll see how it goes :-)
Written By: Brad Warbiany
Thank-you for posting this, I couldn’t agree more. Obviously many people are not ready to see Britney as a respectable mother, so any little thing that might prove otherwise is jumped on. I don’t think this applies to too many celebrities besides Britney. They’ve tried it a bit with other celebrities, nobody cares. Angelina’s son was burned while in the care of her nanny. Reese Witherspoon’s husband was biking with their son in the baby seat, neither one wearing helmets. Eh.

Really it started before Britney’s son was even born, with the breaking news that Britney had eaten at McDonald’s. And for the post above complaining about driving with Sean in a convertable, she was on a quiet street, and Sean was sound asleep. If it had been just about anyone else, nobody would have thought twice about it.
Written By: Alison Marquez
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I, first of all, am not a fan of Britney Spears or her husband.

I am a mother and grandmother. I think I am very good in both roles. However, I am very glad that I have not had to deal with the papparazzi or a public that waits to pounce on my every move, seeking to find a flaw in anything I say or do. I have tripped carrying a child.

Driving with an infant on your lap is dangerous and stupid. That I agree was a poor choice.

However, I have heard the high chair had a flaw in does she get the benefit of the doubt? of course not.

The ice cream remarks show a lack of knowledge about diet. But kids worldwide have been fed worse things (kool-aid in a bottle is one).

As far as the car seat facing forward.....she didnt break the law. Experts will tell you most people do not use their carseats correctly. Do we send officials to each of their homes?

In short,the pressure on this young pregnant mother must be horrendous. Knowing your every word and move is watched with the purpose of finding an error, will take its toll.

Mothers try their best and make mistakes. They chastize themselves and try to do better. Britney doesnt have chastize herself, she has the world to do that for her.

Written By: nana
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I just want to mention that I, too, believe driving with an infant on your lap is a dangerous thing to do. When I speak of "little things", I do not include this incident.

However for most people, it would have meant a small fine, they would have learned from their mistake and moved on with their lives. For Britney it meant an interview publicly stating that she made a mistake, horrible headlines, and public outcry that her baby should be taken from her. And still some complain that wasn’t enough because she didn’t get the fine.

And while it seems she has learned from her mistake, it hasn’t made one bit of difference where the media is concerned. Since then the media has jumped on her for the following:

(1) The nanny takes Sean out of a high chair, it breaks, Sean falls. Britney calls in a doctor, then later takes him to the hospital when she is still concerned.

(2) Britney drives with Sean strapped into a front-facing car seat. This is legal, however there is a recommendation in California that babies under 1 year or under 20 pounds be in a rear-facing car seat. While Sean is over 20 pounds, he is not yet one years old.

(3) Britney says in an interview that she gives Sean ice-cream and that she believes it helps him sleep better. A nutritional expert is brought in to comment on this.

(4) Britney attempts to get from the hotel to the vehicle, though about 15 photographers, with Sean and a glass of water. She stumbles, but neither she or Sean fall.

These range from a little questionable (3), to no indication of a problem that I can see (2) and (4), to downright responsible (1). And yet the pitchforks have come out in each case.

It’s no wonder we see pictures and video of Britney breaking down in tears after the stumble. Unfortunately she can’t even do that in peace.
Written By: Alison Marquez
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To keep the term "bad mother" in perspective, here is a story that appeared in the local paper where I live the day after this little event occured:
Written By: haljordan
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