Two entertainment things of note, although at wildly different ends of the spectrum.
While I didn't see the MTV Music Video Awards, I have read a couple of the stories about how the awards went. And without exception they've all mentioned how terrible Britney Spears was during the opening musical number. This is but one example.
Now, I'm about the last person on Earth to have any sympathy for Spears and the freefall her career has been in the last couple of years. And if she faded completely away from our collective pop culture awareness, I would be a perfectly happy person. I have no problem with people ripping her for lip-syncing badly to her song or that her dancing was horrible or that she seemed confused while on stage. If you're a performer, get used to people criticizing your performance on stage.
But how on Earth is this out of shape?
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What kind of retarded pop culture world do we live in where a woman looks like that and is considered not just out of shape, but embarrassingly out of shape? Jesus Christ. I want to give her a sandwich.
Meanwhile, in an area about as far removed from anorexic, burnt out pop princesses as you can get, there's this surreal article about Lynn Johnston. Last week was notable for the For Better or For Worse strip in that Johnston began her long expected flashbacks in the strip. Rather than cancelling the strip or just repeating old ones, Johnston wants to mesh old strips she did 30 years ago with new material.
It was meant as a way of cutting back on how much work she was doing for health reasons and to spend more time with her husband.
Who, apparently, left her back in April to go and be with another woman.
Considering how long I've read the strip and considering it is semi-autobiographical, it's just strange to think what Johnston is going through. One of the risks of doing that kind of strip. Although now, perhaps just as weird, Johnston is saying she might mix more new material into the strip now that she has more time on her hands than she anticipated. And she's going to continue to write John Patterson in the strip and has no intention for the comic strip characters to divorce.
Well, if nothing else perhaps it will stop people from bitching at her that she brought Liz and Anthony together in the strip.
Nah, probably not...