Now, browsing popular websites such as Perez Hilton, Lainey Gossip, and TMZ feels like looking back at the worst years of digital adolescence. But when they are in power, no young star is immune to the constant disturbance of upskirts, intrusive paparazzi shots, and humiliating headlines. The reports were corrosive and scalding, and thirsty devotees sipped faithfully like a latte in the middle of the morning.
Regardless of intent and purpose, the era of cruel gossip blogging is over.
Let us hope that this is especially true of Britney Spears now.
On Friday, Spears finally won her battle to end the court-ordered supervision that began during the long personal setbacks that began in 2007. At that time, celebrity gossip writers were at the pinnacle of influence. They happily recorded and detailed every stumbling block: Britney shaved her head. Britney attacked the paparazzi car with an umbrella. Britney at the custody hearing of her two sons. Britney reappeared at the uncomfortable awards ceremony. Britney, at her lowest point, is obvious to all.
In 2008, the temporary arrangement that was supposed to help Spears get back on his feet became a set of permanent legal restrictions, affecting Spears’s personal and professional life for 13 years. At the same time, popular culture continued to evolve, and Spears’ career also developed with it. But what overshadows all this is that her long-term legal struggle has become the lasting consequence of an era when the powerful arbiter of the Internet did not have any forbidden areas for personal struggles.
Through a juicer
In fact, Britney Spears has been talked about all the time. In 1998, when her schoolgirl skirt and fluffy “…Baby, One More Time” braids changed pop culture, the idol was only 16 years old, and his image resembled Michael Jackson’s white gloves or a pair of blue Suede shoes are as deep and permanent.
From that moment on, her fascination with the world seemed to never abate, even if she was in trouble.
As it happens, the worst of these troubles occurred during a particularly productive period when the gossip machine flourished. Her divorce, custody disputes, mental health issues, and the involuntary hospitalization where paparazzi scrambled to take photos of Spears on a gurney all occurred around 2007 and 2008. At the same time, another favorite gossip target Lindsay Lohan is facing countless legal issues and her own court appearance. Intertwined are the achievements of other IT girls, such as Paris Hilton, Nicole Rich, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera and Tara Reid.
What do these women have in common? They are all young, beautiful, rich and successful. They have become famous throughout their lives, and many have experienced the dangerous transition from child stars to young, independent adults.
In the newly established Snark Cathedral in the world of online gossip, they should be cancelled.
Irene Meyers, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Auckland, said: “We like to watch people rise and fall, then come back, and then fall again.”
“Especially someone like Britney Spears, who has a clean Disney background and then became a teenage star.”
Out of the woods
The advent of social media helped put an end to the high impact of tabloids and gossip blogs because it allowed celebrities to control their narratives. With the help of well-positioned tweets or Instagram posts, celebrities can effectively quell any provocative blog rants or diminish the value of paparazzi photos, while at the same time establishing a kind of gossip wipes that are easier for fans to feel than the most acrimonious and favorite gossip rags Presence.
“Before that, the best way for celebrities to refute their image through their professional work,” Meyers said. “Spiers did the same. Songs like “My Fragment” and “I’m Not a Girl, I’m Not a Woman” are not written by her, but they are obviously to fight back criticism and have her narrative.”
“But with social media, suddenly celebrities can say exactly what they want to say to people when they want to say it.”
The rise of new social norms and the #MeToo movement also helped to eliminate cruel celebrity gossip. Although the blogger laughed at Spears in the comeback performance at the 2007 MTV Music Video Awards and broke through Jessica Simpson’s high-rise jeans in the Chili Cooking Competition in 2009, today’s young stars will soon take a bite of humiliation. . The idea of scribbling derogatory names or rough graffiti on photos of female celebrities and posting them on any platform, as Perez Hilton has done, is unimaginable.
In this new landscape, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Megan Fox and other popular celebrities openly talk about the feeling of being abused and belittled by the toxic celebrity culture of the time.
Now Spears can speak for himself, have new freedom in financial and career choices, and have the opportunity to define his identity and live his own way.
Spears rarely talks about her custody publicly, which is why her stern and clear comments at court hearings in the summer are so compelling. Spears asked her to be removed from supervision, calling it “abusive.”
“I just want to go back to my life,” she said.
In the revelations of her life under the arrangement, she concisely summarized what it was like to live in the two opposites of public opinion; it was enviable, but ridiculed. Worshiped, but destroyed.
“I thought people would make fun of me,” Spears said, explaining why she didn’t want to talk about the past. “Or laugh at me and say,’She’s lying. She has everything. She is Britney Spears.’
Many of Spears’ contemporaries have expressed their support. It is worth noting that many of them have passed their traumatic season in the eyes of the public.
“Free Britney!” Miley Cyrus sang at a concert.
“Give this woman a new life,” Madonna wrote on Instagram.
“Britney Spears is finally free,” Paris Hilton said in the celebration post
on Friday. “Your best day has not yet come!”
After years of being haunted by cruel gossip headlines and the inevitable image of her lowest point, Britney Spears finally let the most important voice in her story be heard: her own voice.