Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fug the READ poster - Britney Spears



No, no, come on, I know it's not fair to pick on Poor Britney nowadays. And I'm not going to say anything about, well for example, that shirt... I was just thinking, you know, sometimes even the most banal images can encapsulate some deeper insight.

For example. Look here, at the way Poor Britney is holding her copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (such an obvious choice, makes you think she actually read it). Not only does the awkward pose make her arms look stumpy and flipperlike (let's hear it once more for the ALA's photographers!), but the book is positioned so that the cover image, Harry flying on his broom through a curved archway at Hogwarts - is positioned pretty much right over her... well, her own school for magic. And it struck me: maybe the nuns were right.

Maybe sex does make you lose your mind.

I don't know much about Poor Britney, except that she used to be really cute and she was famously a virgin. And she wore the same top that I wore to get married in when she was on Saturday Night Live one time. Then she married that icky-looking guy and had two babies right away and started dressing really rednecky and shaved her head and now they call her mentally ill.

ALA no longer promotes this poster for sale on their website, but it's there nonetheless. Here's the copy that accompanies it:
Pop singing superstar and budding actress Britney Spears, slated to co-star with Bette Midler and Cher in the 2007 comedy "In the Pink" – is an advocate of reading. Despite her hectic schedule, recent marriage, and baby on the way, Britney still finds time to read.
Oh, man. Hindsight and foreshadowing go so well together.