January 06, 2004

I Stand Corrected

"Can anyone deny," I asked of Britney Spears the other day, "that this young woman would have benefitted from a college education?" Well, yes, anyone can and at least a few people did (see comments and followups to this post). Today I read that Ms. Spears' ex-husband is "looking forward to returning to Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond later this month." Clearly, the pursuit of a college education did not prevent Mr. Alexander from actively participating in what may well be the shortest celebrity marriage on record.

I stand corrected.

By the way, it's my impression that this young man has been treated rather shabbily. Can he sue for maintenance?

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at January 6, 2004 07:42 PM

...well, i guess that we'll have to resign ourselves to seeing how the olsen twins turn out at nyu...

Posted by: long time listener, first time caller at January 6, 2004 10:03 PM

I think Nevada is a community property state, so maybe he can sue for half of her earnings during the marriage period. That should take care of fees and some books, at least.

Posted by: Michael at January 6, 2004 10:04 PM

As an embarassingly devout Entertainment Tonight viewer, I understand that the former Mr. Spears signed a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement of some sort. Who knows, but it sure sounds like he was paid off in some fashion.

Posted by: Steven D. Krause at January 7, 2004 10:28 PM

Not if she gets an annulment. An annulment means the marriage never existed, so there's no time period he could claim half community property for.

Of course, she may not get an annulment.

Then the case may become interesting.

Posted by: jam at January 8, 2004 09:41 AM

Are we speaking of actual Roman Catholic marriage annulment? If so, that's another pathetic aspect to this situation, the divorce that dare not speak its name, freely granted by an institution that insists it forbids any such thing.

Sad all around.

Posted by: observer at January 8, 2004 10:56 AM

The question of whether Britney Spears would benefit from a college education interests me in the assumptions behind it. It's hard for me to avoid the sense that people posing such a question would envision the Britney resulting from an education as being somewhere between Martha Stewart and Meryl Streep, and that this would be an improvement.

Perhaps it would in places like Lake Forest. It might in places outside the US, which presumably regard the existence of Britney in non-liberally educated mode as some prototype of crass American culture. On the other hand, I like Tom Wolfe's overall position that American culture is the result of free choice by those who've been empowered to choose and make it.

We already have Martha Stewart and Meryl Streep, after all. Why do we want more of them? I may take this up on my site.

Posted by: John Bruce at January 8, 2004 01:36 PM