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The AP Writes Britney Spears Obituary

Is the AP Out of Line Pre-Writing Britney's Obituary?

While the whole world is watching every tragic move Britney Spears makes these days, it was still unsettling to read yesterday that an entertainment reporter from the Associated Press admitted to Us Weekly that not only would her death be a huge story but they've already got her obituary drafted up. He said,

"We are not wishing it, but if Britney passed away, it’s easily one of the biggest stories in a long time...I think one would agree that Britney seems at risk right now...Of course, we would never wish any type of misfortune on anybody and hope that we would never have to use it until 50 years from now…but if something were to happen, we would have to be prepared."

He went on to say that the AP keeps an "extensive" list of obits pre-written. What do you think — was the reporter out of line or just being honest?

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angelcandy angelcandy 9 years
If the papers think it's that bad, then they should back off and not hunt her down and try pushing her over the egde completely, all they are thinking about is selling papers, this is a person's life.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
Wasn't there this same story about one for Lindsay? I don't know if this guy should be talking about it though.
batula-blue batula-blue 9 years
There is no one without growing pains in their life, hers are just heighten because she can't make a move without harrassment. Let her be and she'll get it back together. Press have obits on file for future use doesn't surprise me, merely makes me sick.
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 9 years
Yes! What was the point? AP just wants some press (both positive and negative). Just stupid. This probably will make Britney freak out more
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
Way out of line.
tennischick tennischick 9 years
prepping her obit is not the issue. that is standard practice. leaking the story is quite another. it's basically a statement that they expect her to die any minute at the rate she is going. who disagrees with that? all i hope is that she doesn't take innocent people with her.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
fine, have your standards, but why publicize it . . .sounds just as media hungry as dr. Phil. loser-bags! they would feel like a bag of sh*t if she died. a-holes for sure.
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
Oh, I see I'm late for the ball. I THOUGHT it was funny there was no Britney post yesterday, and here it is. LegalBeagle - major kudos and a big :ROTFL: Greggie, I'd walk with you in a dark alley. Obits and death are part of LIFE. This was all just to keep the Brit ball rolling, I wonder what tomorrow's Brit news will be? She's famous.... for finding new lows.
kelsen kelsen 9 years
I think it's invasive and dangerous for the paparazzi to chase after a vehicle, no matter what the situation...even if Britney does call them as many reports (and posters here, ad nauseam) have indicated. Just my opinion. And in case it requires clarification -- I'm NOT SAYING the media is to blame for all of Britney's troubles (nor am I making her out to be a victim of the media), but I am saying the media goes too far in chasing celebrities. As for the's common to have information prepared for one. With our culture's fixation on celebrity scandal and tragedy, I'm not surprised this particular case is getting so much attention.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
That's kinda fucked up...but I have thought about it.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
That seems like SOP to me, and anyway it was good to get insight. It shouldn't necessarily be taken as an insult. It's "just the facts".
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
I don't gonna happen anyway... DOWN WITH SH*TNEY!! NO MORE SH*TNEY POSTS!! :mob:
melissabritt melissabritt 9 years
If they were talking about Miley Cyrus or something that would be weird & surprising but um...Britney, come on...everyday I'm shocked she isn't dead. She is a trainwreck. I wish her the best but she is asking for all of this. If she isn't, she should go to court, stop dating paps, not go to clubs when custody is an issue...there are a LOT of celebs out there that are parents...this only seems to be an issue for Britney? I find that hard to believe.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't think it matters that they wrote it but the fact that they let it leak that they did it.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
I think they believe it is wishful thinking.
sarathacoombs sarathacoombs 9 years
I want to know what the obituary says.....Here lies a nut that once had it all.....what happened to this nut we'll never know!!!!
alltherage alltherage 9 years
yep as a former tv person i know this is standard practice -- its important ot have footage together with the turnaround demand of live news. regardless it was tasteless of the reporter to talk about it in that fashion.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
Especially out of line to announce that they have one, let alone have one!
SwtLikeCandi1 SwtLikeCandi1 9 years
That is just WRONG!
Ginger Ginger 9 years
Exactly Greggie! But if you buy a carton, that's several fewer trips out of the house. If I had a large gated mansion, I would not want to leave for stupid little errands like coffee. I would rather stay home in luxury and have things delivered, and have people in, because the house has to be nicer than the gas station parking lot. Although Britney apparently doesn't have any real friends, so I guess there is no reason to do much entertaining.
tagen22 tagen22 9 years
Maybe someone should let her read it. Wake up call? Wishful thinking. haha
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Cigarettes must not come in a carton anymore.
Ginger Ginger 9 years
What I think is far more sick than the media doing their usual job is that Britney, a supposed multi-millionaire pop star, has so little going on in her life that she 1) sleeps with a paparazzi she picked up in some parking lot, 2) makes numerous trips outside of her gated mansions daily to shop at gas stations and drug stores. Really, does one NEED to make a special 1 am run for a pack of cigarettes?? 3) has somehow adjusted her sense of reality to think that going out without underwear and pants is somehow a socially acceptable practice and that's not even touching on her parental issues...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
She doesn't just go out to greet them. She invites them to join her, she tells them where she is. It's not invasive to accept an invite.
haveadaisyday haveadaisyday 9 years
Earth without Britney seems like a good thing to me. Anytime now please.
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