Surprise! Rabbi Shmuley Fails to Save Britney

Last week Rabbi Shmuley stuck his two cents in to criticize Britney's parenting. Apparently his advice-at-a-distance approach did not take into account the seriousness of her condition.

Perhaps next time the good Rabbi will exercise more discretion before going public with his "advice" (i.e. his transparent and insensitive grab for PR attention by criticizing a troubled celebrity).
Britney ‘on the edge of a nervous breakdown’
Patrick Foster

Fans and friends of Britney Spears rallied round the pop star last night as fears grew for her mental health.

The 25-year-old’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic, including reports that she had checked into a rehabilitation clinic but left after only 24 hours. In a bizarre sequence of events, Spears was filmed shaving her head in a Los Angeles hair salon on Friday evening before going to a tattoo parlour, where she reportedly had a tattoo of a pair of lips put on to her wrist.

Psychologists said yesterday that the behaviour was worryingly erratic and required attention, while fans of the pop star took to the internet to express their support for her.

Video footage from a Los Angeles television station showed Spears taking the clippers to her hair in full view of the paparazzi gathered outside.

Esther Tognozzi, the salon’s co-owner, told US Weekly that after Spears had cut off her brunette hair extensions she “just looked in the mirror and said with tears in her eyes, ‘Oh, my God, I shaved it all off. My mom is going to be so upset with me’.” JT Tognozzi, her husband and salon co-owner, said: “[Spears] didn’t want her hair. We have it here at the salon and we will probably auction it off for charity.”


Anonymous said...

"Last week Rabbi Shmuley stuck his two cents in to criticize Britney's parenting."

And this week, Rabbi Zahavy stuck his two cents in to criticize Shmuley's mussar-delivery. Before you judge R' Shmuley's action, why don't you wait a few months and find out what Britney has to say about it?

Anonymous said...

(That's just me, sticking in my *own* two cents. :-) )

mother in israel said...

The rabbi's advice made me cringe. Did she ask him?

Tzvee Zahavy said...

He is the self proclaimed rabbi of America especially prolific in shooting off letters to celebrities and letting everyone know that he does this. I admire that a rabbi wants to become a celebrity. That's fine with me. When he uses unsolicited moralizing to make his money, that's where I too cringe. (I think he's next going to suggest shevy sheitls for Britney.)

Anonymous said...

Even if we don't like his technique, R' Boteach's ideas seems to have some support in the scientific community, in an article that came out shortly after you created this post: