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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/17/2008

One More Time: Britney Hits the Web Again

By Liz Kelly

Is that Gary Coleman hovering to the right of Britney's shoulder? (Screen grab from britneyspears.com)

Hey y'all. If a person's sanity can be measured by the relative put-togetherness of her Web site, then Britney Spears is indeed back in the zone. This week, Team Britney (I kid you not) unveiled a long-awaited new-and-improved Web presence for the image rehabbing star. What it lacks in folksy crackpot poetry it more than makes up for in slickness.

A few highlights:

The site is introduced by a video snippet from a subdued Brit, promising to take us "where no paparazzi lens ever could." (Please let it be the Quiznos bathroom.) Oddly, the video player floats in the midst of what appears to be a chain link fence holding back the ghostly image of an angry Gary Coleman.

A bloggy format takes precedence, with Team Britney (which is probably code name for fully-vetted focus-grouped ad agency-generated copy) dominating. Most posts are of the yawn-inducing variety (I mean, really), though Brit does promise that she'll be doing some of the writing herself. We'll keep watching.

Comments from actual fans fill up the right side of the home page. Apparently, Brit is big with vampires ("britney you are the best singer in the world i vish you the best") and potential stalkers ("my life is you Britney"). And what better way to encourage them than by putting their seemingly unfiltered comments on the main page?

What's missing:

An archive of Britney's past Web musings and poetry. Luckily, we commented on them at the time so you can get your nostalgia fix here and here and here.

A public thank you to Celebritology for our circa 2006 12-step recovery plan, which she seems to thus far be following to the letter.

What would you want to see on Brit's site? (Within reason.)

By Liz Kelly  | October 17, 2008; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, How Webby is...  
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Comments

What would you want to see on Brit's site?

One of those 404 error messages.

Posted by: Nosy Parker | October 17, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Or "Your organization's Internet use policy restricts access to this web page at this time."

Posted by: 23112 | October 17, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Where's Websense when you need it?

Posted by: Being Satan makes me sad | October 17, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

An admission that all of this is faked and the real Britney is locked up somewhere. The one we see now is just a robot that is much easier to control.

Or would that be on Katie Holmes website?

Posted by: ep | October 17, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Come now folks, how can you not love a website that induces comments like this?

"Hello Britney, im so glad because you back! Or better, you never goes...i love you" —Alex"

I am not sure what "you never goes" means, but I intend to use it in conversation today and see how many people I can confuse...

Posted by: sunnydaze | October 17, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Brit's sports car (without Brit in it).

Posted by: Red Dragon | October 17, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

One More Time: Britney Hits the Web Again

I read that headline and thought, "Oh, that explains why I couldn't get online this a.m......"

Does anybody have coffee?


Posted by: b | October 17, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Ding dang, Britney's got the chain link fence.
Now I'm going to have to instruct Team Methinks to get a new backdrop for the website.

Posted by: methinks | October 17, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The site is introduced by a video snippet from a subdued Brit, promising to take us "where no paparazzi lens ever could."

We've seen shots of her exciting cars without underwear. I believe the paparazzi lens have indeed taken us absolutely everywhere. Unless she plans on having surgery and having that filmed.

Also, it looks like the new guy on SNL hoovering over her shoulder. Kenan
Thompson.

Posted by: petal | October 17, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

We've seen shots of her exciting cars without underwear.

Paging Dr. Freud.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

hoovering over her shoulder

I don't think he's vacuuming.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

We've seen shots of her exciting cars without underwear.

I always make sure my cars wear underwear.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The chain link fence holding out Gary Coleman makes me wonder why they are using that image - to imply that Britney is IN prison??

Posted by: Amelia | October 17, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The chain link fence holding out Gary Coleman makes me wonder why they are using that image - to imply that Britney is IN prison??

Posted by: Amelia | October 17, 2008 1:18 PM

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That's to prevent Gary Coleman from wrestling Britney's taco.

Posted by: Sasquatch | October 17, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What's "wrestling a taco"?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh the mighty "WaPo"! First the discussion board showed that the "Hard Times" had been cancelled (woo-hoo!) but now it just shows that they have been rescheduled.

Wrestling the Taco is kinda like bagging the viper.

Posted by: Red Dragon | October 17, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Still it beats GOOP anyday of the week.

Posted by: hodie | October 17, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Anonymous. I never preview before submitting a comment.

Posted by: petal, I didn't preview this one either | October 17, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I second the GOOP comment. That site is all gooped up.

Maybe the chain link fence is supposed to be holding back the "bad guys" ... but then you'd think she'd have pictures of people she actually dislikes, not fake paprazzi. Who would make that list? The judge who took away her kids? Kevin? ???

Posted by: flutterbyjen | October 17, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I think she is well advised to keep Gary Coleman away with a chain link fence. Too bad Team Britney didn't think of that earlier with other undesireables.

Posted by: Red Dragon | October 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

like Jessice Simpson, Britney is planning to crossover to country music. The screen shot is from the video for her remake of "Don't Fence Me In"

Posted by: just sayin' | October 17, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

js-and when it is released Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers will be spinning in their graves so much we can use it as an alternative energy source.

Posted by: Red Dragon | October 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

np nailed it when she(?) posted the 404 comment. The rest of us have truly been superfluous. Hope it becomes Comment of the Week.

Posted by: Red Dragon | October 17, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Step 6, where she apologizes to all of us for inflicting her drama on the American public.

Posted by: Islamorada Girl | October 17, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Who really gives a hoot what this publicity hound marketing gimmick does? Where's the real journalism?

Posted by: kmberger | October 17, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

When I loaded the Britney site, the status bar at the bottom said, "Done, but with errors on page." Kinda describes Britney pretty well, no?

Posted by: td | October 17, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Who really gives a hoot what this publicity hound marketing gimmick does? Where's the real journalism?

Posted by: kmberger | October 17, 2008 4:07 PM


Stop harshing the snark. If you want "real journalism," go check out the metro section.

Posted by: b | October 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

its a FAN SITE...if you don't like it-don't read it!

Posted by: heather | October 20, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the Washington Post supposed to be a serious news paper? Cause that article was so very childish. It sounds like something my 13 year-old sister would come up with.

And about the fan comments, that really pisses me off. Americans always think that they're the greatest people and you guys doesn't seem to understand that Britney have fans that doesn't have english as their first or even second language. But they try their best. That's more than what most americans do. I mean how many of you know any other language fluently? 5%?

Posted by: Anamaria | October 21, 2008 4:09 AM | Report abuse

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

Posted by: Chris Crocker | October 21, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

And again Britney Haters
Dont like it? dont look at it!! but she is so powerful you still have to go and look "LOVE IT" HATERS!!
LOVE YOU BRITNEY

Posted by: Cary | October 22, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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