Thanks To Britney Spears We Finally Talk About Bullying
There is a new documentary in town produced by "The New York Times" - and what we have learnt about one of the greatest teen idols ever is not really surprising: Having grown up in front of cameras and microphones made her more desperate than happy. We always thought of her as the Judy Garland of our times.
One aspect however came up in "Framing Britney" that eventually led to a long overdue controversy.
The bullying of (young) women in show business.
The "New York Times" documentary referred to Spears´ former boyfriend Justin Timberlake´s interviews after their separation when he made fun of her assumed promiscuity as well of her poor background. The singer/producer has appologized since then on his Instagram account for having been treating her that badly, creating a new awareness for this sensitive topic ( Timberlake also appologized to Janet Jackson for his behaviour that led to an incident of ínternational disgrace as "Nipplegate").
The thing is - there were so much more girls that were humiliated in public - and we all accepted that as "funny".
Or even worse, accepted it for a pretty weird reason: Wasn´t it all her failing that brought her there?
Like, when Lindsay Lohan had to go to rehab several times and David Letterman kept nagging her about it on his show, we all conspired in letting that interview become famous exactly for that.
What were we thinking? That someone as desperate as Lohan should be punished for going and do national television? That Letterman had all rights on his side because, at the end, his job was to entertain us?
I felt furious about Letterman treating Paris Hilton, though, even back then.
She as well made it very clear that she did not want to talk about her brief stay in prison - the interview gained internet fame as "The Jail Interview", anyway - it took her several minutes to finally stop him, and , boy, was he amused!!
Just to be clear - I love a good roast.
And I love what Ricky Gervais does to his Hollywood audience when moderating the "Golden Globes". But that is different, because there is no exception, there are old guys and young stars, he hits on his closest friends as well as on the bosses of the network that hired him in the first place.
Gervais is so mean that from a certain point on during the show his comments create a bond within that very audience against him - not the other way around.
To treat women like a bully, using your power and experience to humiliate them, comes quite close to sexual harrasment, actually sexual molesters and rapists like Harvey Weinstein always have an image as bully as well.
Actually, I do not know any woman who had not experienced that kind of male behavior.
We should not allow anybody to get away with it. Neither for a lough nor out of fear of consequences.