Last night at the MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears won three awards: video of the year, best pop video and best female video. That’s quite a few awards for somebody who has lost the plot.
Perhaps it is true then that she has made a comeback. Paris Hilton, who when presenting Britney with an award, was so delighted by all this said to her now formerly ex-best-friend Britney: ‘I love you. I miss you. And it’s so good to see you.’
In February this year Rolling Stone summarised the way she then presented herself to the world as ‘an inbred swamp thing who chain-smokes, doesn’t do her nails, tells reporters to “eat it, snort it, f*** it” and screams at people who want pictures for their little sisters’.
That all seems to have changed. Maybe she’s missing her children.
But the real star of the show was Russell Brand, the wild-haired British comedian who hosted last night’s awards. He managed to horrify some American sensibilities with his rants about US politics. He said that President Bush was a ‘retarded cowboy’ and pleaded for Americans to vote for Obama.
‘Some people, I think they’re called racists, say America is not ready for a black president.
‘But I know America to be a forward thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard and cowboy fella be president for eight years?
‘We were very impressed. We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of scissors.’
Britney Spears looked horrified at the jokes last night, and today perhaps she may be a little shocked that while she should have been the star of the evening, Brand seems to have overtaken her in the press coverage of the awards in the US.