There's a scene in the best picture nominee "The Queen"
that shows a huddled group of motorcyclists waiting outside a building. As a shadowy Princess Diana comes out and ducks into a car, photographers leap aboard the motorcycles, which take off after Diana's speeding vehicle.
We all know how that ended
As I watched that scene earlier this week, I couldn't help but think of Britney Spears. Her life has gotten to the point that, every time she makes a move, I receive an e-mail at work about the latest, usually attributed to TMZ or X-17 -- which are then investigated by all the major news outlets, including CNN.
Why? There's extremely high interest in Spears' every step; it's "news," which is why every news outlet angling for your interest is covering it. On the other hand, it's creepy, watching a presumed nervous breakdown play out in public, paparazzi motorcyles close behind. (Craig Ferguson's
points are well taken. Indeed, his entire much-praised monologue
is well worth viewing: It's here
on YouTube, courtesy of CBS.)
Spears has been growing up in public for years and often played to the camera. I hope she can find a way to banish them -- and us -- and get her life together
. That would be an ending worth seeing.