The Religious Ownership Of Britney Spears
Christopher Smit writes for the HuffPost

'MTV's recent homage to Britney Spears at the 2011 Video Music Awards was filled with awkward moments. From the producer's choice to have young girls dress up and dance like Britney's past music video performances, to the bizarre, symbolic "manhandling" of Britney by Lady Gaga in drag, the night was simply not a good one for Britney.

She seemed caught off guard accepting a memorialization of her work. Why pay respect to a performer still on the road pushing her new record Femme Fatale? She seemed caught unaware that she was no longer herself, but someone whose career seemed to be slipping into the shadows of a full-blown tribute.

But really, has she ever had a time in her life when she owned selfhood, belonged only to herself?'

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Christopher Smit is the author of the The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption.

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