I’m sure everyone has seen the infamous pictures of Britney Spears’ nanny feeding baby Sean on an escalator at the mall. Now I’m no fan of Britney’s and I agree she seems to be about as intelligent as an earthworm, but is all the criticism of these pictures really necessary?
Let me say that having been the first time mom of a five-month-old, I’m so grateful nobody was following me around the mall with a camera waiting for me to look “disconnected” or even to look, generally speaking, “like crap.” Perhaps Britney had been up all night with the baby and needed a break. Perhaps she felt nauseous and was afraid she might drop the baby. Perhaps she was having an “I’m so sleep-deprived and depressed, I might just throw the baby off this escalator, better hand him to the nanny” moment. How can anyone know?
And all of this making fun of her stomach? I realize she’s a pop star, but for those who’ve missed the newsflash, She just had a baby five months ago! Cut the girl some slack. Last I checked there’s nothing abnormal about having a little belly flab five months post-partum. It’s the rest of Hollywood that’s abnormal with their “camera-ready in 30 days” nonsense. Now, she could cover up that belly with some clothes, for instance, but since dressing appropriately has never really been her forte, there’s no reason to assume she’s thought of that.
Don't get me wrong, I’m not trying to nominate her for “Mother of the Year” here or anything. She could be the worst mother in the world for all I know, but I’m just saying these pictures don’t prove that. Every new mama needs some help and if the person who’s supposed to be helping her (a.k.a. “shiftless sperm-spreader”) is too busy out partying, why shouldn’t she hire a nanny if she can afford it? Of course, she could have chosen a better father for the baby, but that train has left the station, and we already knew “smarts” isn’t on her short-list of attributes.
Now the poor girl has to do the best she can dealing with new motherhood and a useless husband, along with possibly post-partum depression and the media constantly kicking her while she’s down. Surely we can give a new mama a break, even if she’s a dumb, talent-less tart named Britney Spears.