Today brings me great sorrow as we mourn the official loss of careers from two of my generation's biggest stars: Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. For Lohan, last night was her typical night, which meant obviously she had to go out, get drunk, get into a fist fight, get herself arrested yet again, and spend the evening in jail. For Ms. Spears, she debuted her newest music video with Will.i.am on X Factor in which she does, well, absolutely nothing.
It's hard to watch the big stars, our former favorite stars, fall. This time around it's safe to say that there is NO coming back. For Britney Spears, it's the slow loss of her talent. It's me wishing she would make a valiant comeback with another awesomely teenybopper hit like "Hit Me Baby One More Time." With Lohan, it's this daunting criminal record that doesn't stop growing.
The question arises: Can stars be stars forever just because of who they are? Yeah ... about that. I think the answer is no.
Let's tackle Lohan first, shall we? Remember the days of The Parent Trap? Heck, even Herbie Fully Loaded wasn't that bad. She was happy and had excitement in her eyes. Whereas today, Lohan is about to be charged with FOUR new criminal charges (is that a world record or something?!). It breaks my heart, and to be real, I'm scared about the path she's going down.
And then there's the search for whatever happened to Britney Spears' talent. On X Factor, she's a dud. You can't argue that the woman just doesn't contribute much to the panel. Most of the time watching, I just want to shake her, hoping the old peppy former-girlfriend of Justin Timberlake will emerge ... but she won't.
Sure, they'll both always BE who they are, but without anything new to contribute, people will stop following their careers like they stopped following the careers of so many other washed up stars like R. Kelly, Paris Hilton, or (sadly) the Backstreet Boys. It just is what it is. Time goes on, we find new acts to entertain us.
If you're brave enough, take a peek at Britney's new music video for "Scream & Shout" here:
Do you think Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are washed up? Do you think people will stop caring?