An interesting article actually has something worth saying about Britney Spears, and it comes from MTV.com of all places. The article suggests that Britney is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and actually needs the press as much as they need her. When the paparazzi isn’t stalking her they are changing her tires and giving her directions, and she is also dating one of them. Okay while that is an interesting theory on why Britney Spears will take any angle and use any loophole possible to get her name out there it doesn’t explain why we so desperately feel the need to obsess over every detail and talk about her around the water cooler, or does it?
Blondes are the All American girls that we have this ongoing obsession with that we hold up to unrealistic moral and ethical standards that we really do not want to live up to; we wait for them to mess up, then demonize them until one of a few things happen, the first of which being that they outsmart us and find something other than their looks to be famous for, the second of which is that they find a way to exploit the obsession and make a rather good living out of it, while remaining in control, sort of what Jessica Simpson did, and the third of which is that they succumb to the pressure and give out, which is sort of what happened to Anna Nicole.
In fact, our obsession with blondes often crosses over to other races as well, Beyonce Knowles, Christina Millian and the rapper Eve were blondes of a different sort; different race, same blonde behavior. Often still known for the same aura of immature sexual banter that has the effect of selling records, movies and newspapers, without anything really significant or meaningful behind it. Chances are if you want to be more popular you should try the blonde thing, but what does this say about all of the other women out there, what makes the blonde any different from brunettes or redheads?
According to wikipedia blondes were seen as a sign of divinity back in Ancient Greece; sort of reminds of Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu doesn’t it, well that is sort of the point. Though that movie was more of a parody on mainstream cultures obsession with the blonde, it still suggests that on some level our fascination with blondes has cultural roots that are a lot deeper than our obsession with Marilyn Monroe.
Somewhere along the line we took a liking to the “dumb blonde” played by such actresses as Susanne Sommers and Goldie Hawn. We found blondes to be endearing, not as sophisticated and not as threatening as other women, they made us feel better about ourselves and we wanted to be around them. Blondes were suddenly accommodating and easier to get along with. Yet these days the only true dumb blonde you will find is Paris Hilton, and a lot of what people did like about her went out the window when she served her minute jail sentence and had the bright idea to talk about it on Larry King Live; an interview everyone watched but is ashamed to talk about. It was a guilty pleasure, when our dumb blonde was crying because she had to go to jail and talked about claustrophobia and alluded to mental illness our heart went out to her, as long as she was silent, but when she opened her mouth and spoke again we hated her.
So we want the blonde as a trophy, a symbol of what is great about being a woman in America, until we have to hear what she has to say. Britney Spears used to have a lot to say, in interviews and more specifically through her music, and we hated the messages that she was putting forth, the images that were going out because of the way that it made our daughters want to act and emulate her behavior. But she was selling magazines, boyfriends and husbands liked her, everything was okay.
These days being the cute blonde can either define you as an individual or become the launchpad to unprecedented success. The Olsen twins are worth millions, yet their last movie was almost 4 years ago, and their last television appearance 6 years ago; they stopped selling their videos in the late nineties. This was collectively, Mary-Kate Olsen has done some work on her own more recently. But so much was building up to the time of their becoming of legal age as adults that we have almost all but forgotten them as young women. They are still great actresses, and still have a well executed clothing line at WalMart for young teens.
We finally left the twins alone, in fact the last I had heard about either of them at all was concerning Heath Ledger’s death (apparently Mary-Kate Olsen was the previous tenant of an apartment he was found in) . Smart young girls, in fact Ashley Olsen is the co-president of Dualstar, a media corporation that makes everything from TV Shows to magazines. Entrepreuners, not very interesting and not the dumb blondes we want to talk about, anything but.
This is the kind of news about blondes I’d like to see more about, something positive and refreshing. But that isn’t the blonde we want to know; okay for brunettes and redheads to be intelligent and to have their own aspirations, because we don’t find them to be as attractive, but blondes, um, no thank you. I’ve never hated blondes for what they do, because in the world that we live in I can’t say that I blame them, heck you may as well just take it for what it is worth, and run with it, you have the rest of your life to do more meaningful things and it’s better to have what will then be older money to do it with and make a real impact and change on this world. May as well enjoy it for what it is worth, but the trick, as always, is to find a way to do that without loosing yourself in the process and living long enough to have the quiet life. For some, like Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett, that hasn’t been a problem, but others like Anna Nicole are no longer with us. Unfortunately we’ll hold our breath to see if that isn’t the case with some of the blondes we follow closely today, here’s to hoping that isn’t the case …