I actually remember when Britney Spears shaved her head. On the exact same day a guy in my class shaved his, so he got a lot of good-natured (or I hope they were good-natured) jokes of the “Alright Britney?” kind.
I really hope I didn’t make any jokes about Britney herself back then. I don’t think I did, but it would’ve been so cruel of me. She was the media’s punching bag for a long time and those people who singled her out, those people who are now falling over themselves to praise her for her courage, they were cruel too. I hope they think twice before finding the next woman to mock and belittle for no reason, but… knowing what I know about how the media has gotten even worse since Britney’s heyday, what with the rise of Twitter… probably not.
This is reproductive abuse and it was going on under everyone’s noses for years.