As if getting caught going commando wasn’t bad enough, Brittany and Paris tied the Worst Dressed list for 2006. It may be obvious, but the perfect New Year’s resolution for them would be to redo their wardrobes, starting with underwear. It seems as though those two are in desperate need of a trip to Victoria’s Secret. By laying the foundation of new wardrobes, maybe they can begin to work their way up to the Best Dressed list and help repair their awful reputations. The sad fact is that it will take much more than new wardrobes and a year of stellar behavior to repair the damage already done.
Quite honestly, what were they thinking? If you really want to pull a stunt like that, why would you advertise it? Wouldn’t you go out of your way to ensure that no one was able to get even close to a glimpse up your skirt or dress? Then again, they are all about exposure, or severe over-exposure in this case. In the entertainment market today, if you have mediocre talent, as in the case of Brittany Spears, you need to keep your name out there. You can’t afford to ever disappear from the front pages.
In the case of Paris Hilton, whose sad vocabulary apparently consists of the phrase “that’s hot,” marketing is all she has. She is simply famous for being famous; that’s it. She can’t act, sing, or write. Nada. If she didn’t pull publicity stunts such as this, she would quickly use up her 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately for us, and American society, she is a master manipulator and knows how to expertly market herself (whatever it is that she’s selling).
What bothers me most about this entire incident, as well as other behavior exhibited by people such as Ashley Simpson and Lindsay Lohan, is the message that it is sending pre-teens. Let’s face it; teenagers could care less about the likes of Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, Christina Aguilera, and Lindsay Lohan. By the time kids are teenagers, they’ve moved on to more edgy, underground things. It is the pre-teens (ages 8 to 12) that are the target audience for the likes of Brittany Spears and Lindsay Lohan. Many are now growing up wanting to simply be famous. They don’t necessarily want any talent; they just want to be famous for being famous, like Paris Hilton. Don’t kid yourself, they want to get away with reprehensible behavior and not face any consequences.
In my opinion, it is a sad commentary on the pressure kids face to grow up too quickly. Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton could become true role models if they so desired. All it would take would be new wardrobes, two bits of common sense, and taking responsibility for their actions. I have a feeling that the last item I mentioned would be a deal-breaker. It would mean that Brittany would have to take responsibility for a failed marriage and her two small children. Paris, meanwhile, would have to take responsibility for just taking up space. She would need to get or use her education, or at least make some effort in order to create something for herself. When you are famous for being famous, you truly have nothing. Unfortunately, I would bet that Brittany and Paris would have as good of a chance of taking responsibility for their actions as the Detroit Lions have of winning the Super Bowl. It is a very nice fantasy.
Sadly, the more attention that is paid to the likes of Paris and Brittany, the worse things get. As much as I love being an American, there are times that I wish we lived in a less entertainment driven society.