Because Britney is a normal human being, not a Stalinist mind controlled, food police approved, Whole Foods Bolshevized perfect new Soviet woman mommy, but is a normal mother like other mothers, the media is howling for her head. This is insanity, pure and simple. -- Ben Stein
One of the quirks of this business is that probably the only guy who can successfully stand up before a dinner crowd of conservatives and oil business types and tell them that the Iraq mission should be shuttered is also a guy who thinks Britney Spears is a normal human being -- indeed, a normal mother. It's understandable that Ben should want everyone across the country to shut up about what he has to endure on a daily basis in LA, and I sympathize with the basic notion that deliberately ignoring the doings of pop celebrities is good because what pop celebrities tend to do is not worthy of the praise of attention and, therefore, neither are they.
That said, even if it is now 'normal' (shudder) for Americans to feed their tykes bags of Doritos and baby bottles of Mountain Dew Code Red, it's important to make the sociological point that Britney Spears appears very unlikely to be treating her children as she does for 'normal' American reasons. When it comes to child neglect and resistance to 'Whole Foods Bolshevization' alike, celebrities are not 'just like us' -- particularly young, cracked-out female celebrities who were intellectually as well as emotionally undereducated at a critical but now irretrievable time in their lives.
It does not follow, as a matter of pure logic, that
(a) if the elite health craze is a little fevered, and
(b) Britney Spears appears to be violating every principle of that craze, then
(c) Britney Spears is a normal mother.
Britney Spears, by all accounts, appears in fact to be merely counter-crazy, noodles in the opposite direction, the junk food nazi to our soviet food police.
At any rate, only a madman would dare allege that today's 'normal' feeding options for little children -- 'formula', partially hydrogenated soybean oil, mono- and diglycerides, and high fructose corn syrup -- would pass as anything beside cruel experimentation and outright psychosis even thirty-five years ago, when even people who fed their kids magic mushrooms and tabs of acid stuck otherwise to tap water, mother's milk, fruit juice, and carrot sticks.
As a card-carrying member of the media, I have no desire for Britney's bald head. But let's please insist that, no matter how famous a mother is, feeding her babies from the racks of a gas station 7-11 is outrageous, and outrageousness still merits an ounce of outrage.