Monday, September 10, 2007

Britney is many things. Fat isn't one of them.

The media is abuzz over whether flaky ex-teen star Britney Spears was too fat to wear the skimy outfit she wore at the Video Music Awards last night.

Even Charie Sykes got into the fray.

Gimme a break! In fact, give us all a break -- a break from even paying scant attention to the "entertainer" whose 15 minutes of fame should have expired long ago.

Yet for some reason the media gets all gushy over the antics of Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richey, Janet Jackson and their lot -- floozies who even give bimbos a bad name.

Why the constant attention on a bunch of spoiled, whacked out, irrelevant people? Why ignore the millions of women whose day-to-day accomplishments go unrecognized and often simply taken for granted?

Last month I wrote about Capt. Shanna Hanson of the Minneapolis Fire Department who donned a wet suit and foraged the Mississippi River under the collapsed I35W bridge in hopes of finding survivors: "In a few days humble Shanna Hanson will slip back into relative obscurity. She'll continue to do the job she's done for the last 16 years. The popular media, however, will continue to talk about the antics of such irrelevant people as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Nicole Richey. The world, however, will remember Shanna Hanson as the unidentified female firefighter searching submerged cars in the river, her only lifeline being a simple length of yellow rope."

Did anyone write about -- or even care about -- whether Shanna Hanson was or is too fat?

The most beautiful women in the world usually aren't the ones on the covers of glitzy magazines. They're the people who are the glue of society, the people who help make things work. They're the career women who fought to be taken seriously in the workplace. Or the mothers who neglect themselves in order to provide for the children. They're the women who make a difference.

True, a few of them are even famous.

Take Cindy Crawford. The supermodel darling of the 1980's and 1990's was ten years old in 1976 when her little brother lost his battle with cancer at the University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital. To this day the UW pediatric oncology department benefits not only from the money she donates (she personally delivers her checks) but from her time and talent as well.

Or Kathy Mattea, the outspoken Nashville star who invests heavily in AIDS research.

Or Dolly Parton, who parlayed her classic endowed appearance into being a multimillionaire businesswoman. Dolly invested her money into her home town, helping put Pigeon Forge and Sevier County, Tennessee on the map, providing jobs for thousands and personally devoting herself to child literacy and pushing high school kids into college careers.

It's high time the media pay attention to real American women -- the ones who make a difference.

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