America's love affair with Britney Spears ends tragically

Cry for help? Sign of a new, more “authentic” musical direction? Bold rebuke to patriarchal standards of beauty? Or just a desperate, eleventh-hour bit to avert her continuing transformation into Judy Garland circa 1965?


Kind of funny, but considering that it came a day after she bailed out of rehab, also kind of not. We’re looking either at a big comeback album in the fall, replete with teary Barbara Walters interview and a surprise performance in glitter pasties at the MTV Video Music Awards, or Anna Nicole Smith redux. Pray for option one.

Exit question: You think K-Fed ever finds it funny that he’s considered “the responsible parent”?

Update: Treach bypasses the easy Sinead O’Connor joke for the more daring Travis Bickle reference.