- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

That explains it

“The public knows when someone is being honest. The people know what’s real. This might be a weird analogy, but it’s like watching ‘Friends.’ You just get what those people are talking about. It’s funny to you, and you’re drawn to them. …

“Had I not gone into music, I probably would have gone to college and become a schoolteacher. That was my dream, because I love kids. Either that, or an entertainment lawyer. …

“I was just talking about sexuality with my makeup artist. And I was explaining to her that when I was 13 years old, I used to walk around my house completely naked. And my dad would say, ‘Britney, put some clothes on, we have people over.’ My family just always walked around the house naked. We were earthy people. I’ve never been ashamed of my body. We were very free people.”

Britney Spears, interviewed by Chuck Klosterman in the November issue of Esquire

Low-rise, high-risk

“On the street, on television, even in the office, women of all ages and sizes are wearing tight, low-slung … jeans and pants that hit at, or often far below, the hip. … The crotch-to-waist measurement, or rise, on a standard pair of jeans … is somewhere between 10 and 12 inches. Early low-riders had a rise of about 7 inches. Over the past couple of years, the rise has dipped as low as 3 or 4 inches. …

“Of course, the feminist in me wants to applaud the insouciance with which women of all shapes now flaunt their imperfections, but the aesthete in me objects. This is a style that suits only 12-year-olds and celebrities who have the luxury of devoting entire afternoons to sculpting their obliques. For the rest of us, wearing these jeans is like putting our hips and buttocks in some humiliating reality show.

“Yet the real problem with extremely low-riding pants is that they’re impractical. Sitting is difficult: If you can’t find a chair with a closed back, you have to tie a shirt around your waist … or risk scandalizing the room. If you drop something, or need to tie your shoe, abandon all hope; bending over with dignity is next to impossible.”

Amanda Fortini, writing on “Hello, Moon,” Friday in Slate at www.slate.com

Donny rocks

“Elvis Presley used to come and wish us well when we performed at the Hilton in Vegas. He was having a conversation with my mom backstage, and it really impressed me how a guy like that who’s really adored onstage could just be a normal guy backstage, just be real, just be himself. It impressed me a lot. I was 13, 14 years old. …

“During those ‘70s years — and I can understand it because if I were a critic, I’d probably be saying the same thing — teenybopper music, bubblegum music, was really not legitimate music. If you were part of Three Dog Night or Credence Clearwater or the Stones or Jimmy Hendrix, those kinds of bands, that was cool. But there were millions of people buying my music as well. And the irony of that was that yes, that was the kind of music I was recording and that’s what was selling, but I was into so many different other styles of music.

“In areas like France, for instance, the Osmonds were known as a heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll band. … ‘Crazy Horse’ was our first release over there and it was a real, hard rock ‘n’ roll song. So sometimes people put the blinders on and pigeonhole you, and they really don’t see the full aspect of the career.”

Donny Osmond, interviewed by Amy Reiter, Monday in Salon at www.salon.com

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