December 1, 2008 – The documentary, Britney Spears for the Record, premiered last night on MTV. In the hour-long documentary, Britney Spears talked openly to the production crew and did her best to provide normal-sounding answers to the probing questions about her life’s ups and downs in the past few years.
The Britney Spears for the Record documentary is only one recent example of the pop star’s attempt to try to take some control over her public image and to provide her fans with what they so desperately seek: more, more, more.
Britney and Opening Accessibility
Recently Britney Spears had her personal website revamped. She started including videos, including simple videos of her working out with her trainer. Britney Spears may be trying to take some steam away from the paparazzi, who have been making a living off the pop star for years.
She is providing fans with “exclusives” on her website, in an attempt to gain control over her public persona while feeding her fan’s incessant hunger for more information and pictures of the pop star.
Britney Spears’ Birthday
In a further attempt to give the public what they want, Britney is celebrating her 27th birthday by performing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. It’s also part of her publicity plan for her new album, Circus.
Britney Spears for the Record: Review and Analysis of the Brit-umentary
In Britney Spears for the Record, Britney Spears comes across as a little girl lost and trapped. The two themes which Britney Spears focused on through the Britney Spears for the Record documentary were rebellion and freedom.
She used both the concepts of rebellion and freedom as explanations, or excuses, for her erratic behavior.
When asked about her now infamous head shaving incident Britney’s explanation was simply, “People shave their heads all the time.” (MTV)
This is one example which shows that Brit-Brit is a little too impulsive for her own good. It showed her inability to see the potential consequences of her actions, in this case, feeding the public’s perception that she was struggling with drugs and/or mental health issues. Happy and stable people do not shave their heads without a reason.
It also shows a woman who was trying to gain control of her life and the public’s image of her. It did not work, but with her recent documentary and her willingness to be more public on her own terms, not just through paparazzi she may be on her way to gaining some of that control she so desperately seeks.
Shock value is one of them.Sinead O’Connor did it. Another famous example is when Demi Moore saved her head, but that was for a movie role. Sigourney Weaver also shaved her head for Alien 3.
Maybe Britney is subconsciously channeling Demi Moore in her own way. Brtiney Spears did appear in a nude photo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine (Aug 2006?) Demi Moore did it first, way back in 1999 on the cover of Vanity Fair.
Britney: No Truth or Dare
The Britney Spears for the Record documentary was somewhat reminiscent of Madonna’s Truth or Dare, without the sexual overtones. In comparing the two documentaries, the biggest difference between the two stars becomes clear: Madonna, as pegged by Warren Beatty, doesn’t want to do annoying off camera, or at least she didn’t back when the film was made. Britney, on the other hand, recognizes the camera lens as a double-edged sword.
A Caged Bird Sings
Although Britney Spears is turning 27, emotionally she behaves like a teenager. Many of her responses about her actions revolved around the urge to rebel and find freedom. These two themes continued to crop up in the Britney Spears for the Record documentary.
Britney Spears sees the fame and constant attention that comes with her lifestyle as a necessary evil. She retains her level of fame because of the constant attention, yet she feels trapped by it. Britney Spears is smart enough to realize that out of the public eye her domination of pop culture would fade.
Her career and lifestyle allow her to “feed her soul,” as she said, with dancing. Yet that same career keeps her trapped in the public eye, where she cannot move about the world freely.
Britney Spears for the Record, MTV, November 30, 2008
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