Learning from Traci, Emilio and George
So Britney Spears made a mistake. We all do. I still remember the time I had two female friends give me a haircut so I'd look more New Wave-ish. They basically shaved the sides of my head. I looked like Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science or Matthew Broderick in Ladyhawke. It took a stylist $30 to get it back to normal afterward.
Maybe it's time for Britney to look to her Hollywood and pop peers from the 80s for advice on how to disavow a big mistake:
Best known for: Shaking his denimed butt while singing "Faith."
Trying to live down: Repeatedly falling asleep stoned at the wheel.
His solution: Send your husband out to fetch some McDonalds.
Would it work for Britney: She's trying to work off the McDonalds now, it looks like.
Best known for: co-star of "Head of the Class."
Trying to live down: marriage to heavyweight moron Mike Tyson
Her solution: Accuse him of spousal abuse on national TV ... with him sitting right next to her.
Would it work for Britney: Unless Kevin bit off a piece of her ear, probably not.
Best known for: playing Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show."
Trying to live down: being fired by Cosby after appearing in sex scenes with Mickey Rourke in the film Angel Heart.
Her solution: Threatened legal action; ending up with her own show - A Different World.
Would it work for Britney: Her sex tape with K-Fed reportedly doesn't exist now, so she probably couldn't score more than a Pudding Pop from Cosby.
Best known for: appearing in up to 100 adult films in the 80s.
Trying to live down: Only one of those films was made after she turned 18 years old. Oops.
Her solution: Gave up porn, went to acting school and starred in a series of B-movies and TV series.
Would it work for Britney: Maybe Britney should try singing and songwriting school first.
Best known for: co-star of Breakfast Club, Repo Man, St. Elmo's Fire.
Trying to live down: short marriage to no-talent, American Idol shill Paula Abdul.
His solution: Converted acting career into directing career. His latest movie -- "Bobby," about the death of Robert F. Kennedy -- opened this month.
Would it work for Britney: I'm not sure anyone would trust her directing even a Pop-Tart commercial, but it's worth a try.