Jun 182006

Last week I had the intense misfortune of watching some of Matt Lauer’s interview with Britney Spears (hitherto referred to as BS). While there was enough said to disgust or anger anyone, I found one thing particularly irksome. BS complained about not having any privacy, demanding that it is her right–begging the paparazzi to give her a break.


Everyone in this world has to make sacrifices. For most of us, it’s a financial sacrifice or some part, if not all, of our dreams. For celebrities, it’s their privacy. While I think very little of the paparazzi and even less of their tactics, celebs have no right to complain about a lack of privacy. It’s the price they pay for the benefits and trappings that come with their fame. A lack of privacy comes part and parcel with celebrity–one could almost say it’s the definition.

So if you want privacy, BS, give up everything else. Make a sacrifice. The rest of us all do. To speak in cliches, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

  One Response to “BS”

  1. Well, what if you “read between the lines”, Nate ? Britney Spears did not really complain about not having any privacy. This might be what your ears heard her say.

    But what if what she really meant, “look, guys, I don’t have any privacy, so I am still a very famous woman. Remember this, remember me. So I will become even more famous”.