Oops, they did it again


So, how many guys read the news about Britney Spears’s 16-year-old sister Jamie-Lynn being pregnant, nodded, and thought, Yeah, I’d hit that? (I mean, how many other guys?)

Fact is, someone sure hit that. I didn’t buy it at first; after all, the same rumour went around about Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus only a few weeks back. But now that Jamie-Lynn herself has confirmed it, it won’t be long until we hear about Whale Rider star and fellow 16-year-old preggo Keisha Castle-Hughes throwing her a baby shower and bonding over their shared experience of getting knocked up by fumbling 19-year-old boys. (By 2011 or so, the internet will be inundated by paparazzi photos of J-Ly, Keisha, and possibly Miley exposing their cervixes while getting out of limousines.)

The amusing footnote is that publishers have indefinitely postponed a planned book on parenting by her mother, Lynne Spears. Good call, but who greenlighted this in the first place (and are they getting Joe Simpson to write the foreword, or Dina Lohan)? Given how Britney’s turned out, reading a book on parenting advice by Lynne Spears is like reading a book on relationship advice by Ike Turner. (And that book would be called Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Shut Your Mouth, Bitch.)

This news also immediately triggered a memory of a two-year-old Bill Simmons mailbag:

Q: I think you missed the best example of the Shue Phenomenon (when a sibling shockingly becomes more successful than his much more famous sibling). As a huge fan of the “Chappelle Show,” I think Charlie Murphy passing by comedy HoF younger brother Eddie is even bigger than Kevin Dillon. It’s like if Billy Carter suddenly became President, cured AIDS, found a never-ending alternative fuel source, and stopped all war and terrorism. The Charlie Murphy phenomenon literally came out of nowhere, didn’t it?
— Dallas, Chicago

SG: Excellent point. And while we’re here, I’m making a prediction for the next Shue Phenomenon candidate: Jamie Lynn Spears. That reminds me, I’ve been thinking about creating a William Baldwin Corollary to the Shue Phenomenon, where we think a sibling could become more famous than the already famous sibling, but instead of it happening, they flame out abruptly and you become embarrassed that you thought it would happen in the first place.

The idea was that Britney was flaming out and Jamie-Lynn would end up with the better career. However, with her sudden elevation to the status of the most famous unwed teenage mother since Spike from Degrassi Junior High, Jamie-Lynn’s notoriety just leapfrogged her sister’s. So, depending on whether or not you believe there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Simmons was either oddly prescient or way off-base.

And lastly, I find it amusing that one of the first results that comes up in a Google image search for Jamie-Lynn Spears is this:


… which seems just a little reminiscent of this:


7 Responses to “Oops, they did it again”

  1. 1 Scott

    If Jamie-Lynn is up for auction on EBay her price just got seriously knocked down.

  2. 2 Eric

    No way, she’s like a 2 for 1 now.

  3. 3 JET

    CHARLIE Murphy? Say what?

  4. 4 Peter Lynn

    Yeah, he was a big part of Chappelle’s Show.

  5. Shue Phenomenon; totally. She does a kiddie sitcom on Nickelodeon (which my 12 year-old sister watches, so thanks again for being a role model, J-Lynn), and I keep reading how Nickelodeon is going to either keep doing the show or do a special on safe sex and teen pregnancy or something like that. Weird. It’s all just weird.

  6. 6 Scott

    There should be a Christmas blog entry.

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