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Careful Defending Britney

Talk Show Guy Has a Point, to an Extent

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I'm not saying that what's happening to Britney Spears isn't evidently tragic. I'm not saying she had it coming. I'm not even saying that I don't feel bad for her. But she's made the most of her celebrity when things were great, and now they're not so great, so her downturn too will be highly publicized.

In light of recent media snickering about Britney's into rehab, out of rehab, into rehab, out of rehab and into rehab cycle, Comedian and Talk Show Host Craig Ferguson ripped himself and the media for overdoing it. I give the guy a lot of credit for calling himself out on this saying, "I'm as guilty as sin."

Maybe the guy really is sorry for making fun of people, and I can respect that. But he went on his late night talk show to say, "It should be about attacking the powerful people, politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable people."

Wait a minute! Spears, vulnerable? She's obviously got some problems, but wait a minute. Vulnerable?

Who's standing up for the single mother in Milwaukee's central city... who isn't so fortunate to go through a divorce like Britney because maybe her man wasn't decent enough to even marry her in the first place? What about that mom who can't check into rehab... because who would pay for it? Who would watch her kids? Who would hold her job for her when she gets clean? I've seen this woman, and others like her in my years covering news in this, my home town. She's vulnerable.

Various sources report Spears' net worth between 100-150 million dollars. She has a home. She has food. She has work when she wants it... though she doesn't need it because she's got a bank account with plenty in it. What I'm saying is, Spears is at least in a position to get help. So many other "real life people" aren't, and they're the ones for whom I reserve the word vulnerable.

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