Archive for January, 2004

'Onyx Hotel' Is A Real Hotel Opening In Boston!

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Britney Spears is calling her upcoming concerts the Onyx Hotel Tour—which came as a big surprise to some folks who are opening the Onyx Hotel in Boston this spring.

“We actually had some fans working for us who went onto her Web site and found out she was calling her tour by the same name,” a spokesman for Kimpton Hotels, which is opening the 112-room Onyx Hotel in April, told The Scoop.

Here’s how Spears’ Web site explains the tour’s name: “The Onyx Hotel is a unique, mysterious hotel powered by an onyx stone. Each guest who enters this hotel shines their own light into the onyx, and in return, makes their fantasies come to life.” That’s pretty much the same thinking that went into naming the Boston hotel, says the spokesman, who claims that similar language was used in the hotel promotional material. Kimpton trademarked the name Onyx Hotel last January, he says, but don’t expect the group to sue Spears. “We were thrilled,” he tells The Scoop. “We will offer her a night’s stay there. In fact we’d like to go so far to say that we would like to create a Britney Spears Onyx Hotel Room.”

No word on whether or not it’s the bridal suite.

Source: MSNBC

Britney Says Vegas Was To Blame For Marriage

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Britney Spears says the excitement of Las Vegas is partly to blame for her recent 55-hour marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Alexander.

‘I do believe in the sanctity of marriage, I totally do,’ Spears told MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’ in a telephone interview Wednesday. ‘(But) I was in Vegas, and it took over me.’

Spears and Alexander, both 22, married at a 24-hour chapel early in the morning on Jan. 3. The wedding was annulled a little over two days later, but not before it made headlines around the world.

The pop superstar says she can’t understand the fuss.

‘We landed on Mars that day – why aren’t they talking about that?’ she asked, referring to the Mars Rover launched by NASA.

Spears said she and Alexander ‘hit it off completely,’ but when asked whether she had true feelings for him, she declined to answer.

‘That’s a personal question,’ she said, before changing the subject to promote her new video, ‘Toxic.’

Source: AP

Confirmed European Onyx Tour Dates So Far..

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK – April 30th 2004
Manchester, England, UK – May 1st 2004
London, England ,UK – May 3rd 2004
Birmingham, England, UK – May 5th 2004 (yay..my birthday lol)
Madrid, Spain – June 2nd 2004
Paris, France – June 3rd 2004
Lisbon, Portugal – June 5th 2004

Some dates have yet to be added to the list above. As you may know Britney is touring the USA in March/April..then will come to Europe. She will then head to Australia in September and then back to the USA in November for the Second leg of the American tour. Nothing has been confirmed as yet about any Asian dates.

I Get to See Britney's Tour On MY BIRTHDAY!!! :D:D:D

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Britney Spears is coming to a town near you – and we know when.The Pop Princess is to embark on a mini-tour of the UK – her first for four years.And she has chosen the world’s No1 showbiz column to announce the dates. Britney will play four gigs. She kicks off at Glasgow’s SECC on April 30.She then plays Manchester’s MEN Arena on May 1. On May 3 she’s at London’s Wembley Arena. And she will finish her tour at Birmingham’s NIA on May 5. Last night Britney told The Sun: “I’m really thrilled to be coming back to tour the UK. “I love the British fans and the crowds are always fun. “This is going to be my best tour yet and I hope that you really enjoy it.” Tickets for the four gigs will go on sale this Friday (January 16) from 9am. You can snap up the tickets by logging on to www.meanfiddler.com – or by phoning 0870 602 1101.

Source: The Sun

Omg, When I read this in the paper today I was so excited 😀 lol..but I have 2 choices, either go to Manchester on the 1st, which is closer but I have work that night OR go on my birthday on the 5th which is further away (Birmingham) but….hey, its on my birthday LOL..OMG I can’t wait! 😀 If anyone knows a way to get floor seats email me @ daniel2001y2k@hotmail.com 😉 😀

Confusing Article: Britney Wrecked Gay Marriage?!

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BOSTON — Who would have believed that Britney Spears would end up striking a blow for gay marriage? I’m not talking about the pop star’s fleeting moments with Madonna. I’m talking about her fleeting hours with Jason Allen Alexander.
The newly wed and unwed Britney began her career as a professional virgin telling little-girl fans they could be sexy without having sex before marriage. Then year-by-year, hit by hit, she performed a professional striptease act, from plaid skirt to Esquire buff, from Justin Timberlake to Jason Alexander.

Early one Vegas morn, after watching that romantic classic, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” these hometown friends looked at each other and, according to Jason, said, “Let’s do something wild, crazy. Let’s go get married, just for the hell of it.”

Off they went to the Little White Wedding Chapel with Britney in her baseball cap and jeans. After 55 hours, the “I dos” became “I don’ts,” the vows were annulled and assorted folks chimed in with the same thought: Hey, a man and woman can get married on a lark, but when a committed gay couple wants to make it legal, they’re accused of wrecking the institution?

E.J. Graff, author of “What Is Marriage For?” put it a bit more gently, “God bless ’em, they’re allowed to be foolish while lesbian and gay couples who are committed aren’t taken seriously.”

I don’t think we should judge straight marriage by the lowest common denominator of a Vegas quickie. But in the wake of the gay marriage decision in Massachusetts, President Bush spoke for the opposition, declaring that “marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.”

Britney’s little leap is a reminder that a marriage doesn’t have to be sacred to be legal. The law is no holier than a $40 trip at the Tunnel of Vows Drive Through in the Little White Wedding Chapel.

Church and state marriage, gay and straight marriage?

For the first thousand years of Christianity, the church didn’t want anything to do with marriage, which was about property, not spirituality. In the Middle Ages, clerics and lords fought for control of marriage. The lords, kind of like Britney’s mom Lynne, didn’t want their kids to be able to marry without parental permission.

The most famous wrangle over the ins and outs of marriage came when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church so he could break away from Catherine and marry Anne. Not to mention Jane. Or the next Anne, or Katherine or another Catherine.

Fast forward to America. For most of our history, as Nancy Cott, author of “Public Vows,” says, “all the authority to make or break marriage and to decide who can officiate has been secular.” Because most marriages took place in church, clergy were allowed to celebrate them. But so were many others, from 18th-century ship captains to 21st-century “ministers” in an Elvis pink Cadillac driving down Las Vegas Boulevard.

Religions have varied in what they define as a sacred marriage. For Mormons it long included polygamy; for Catholics it excludes divorce.

As for the secular marriage, the state once declared “common-law marriages” for men and women who just lived together for a long time. Now laws range from covenant marriages in Britney’s own Louisiana to civil unions in Vermont. In most places it’s still a lot easier to get into a marriage than get out of it. No one talks about sacred divorce.

There are now churches and synagogues that will join same-sex couples in holy matrimony; there are also churches and synagogues that will damn them.

Maybe the whole matter of same-sex marriage would be less contentious if we didn’t conflate the sacred and the secular. If we remembered that the Massachusetts Supreme Court was talking about civil marriage. If we remembered that no court can force a church to marry gay couples.

The state’s interest in marriage is based largely on the public interest in — hold your breath here — stable relationships. Stable?

Britney and Jason were granted an annulment in 55 hours on the grounds that they lacked “understanding of each others’ actions in entering upon this marriage.” Compare them to gay couples who “understand” each other and commitment but are kept legally single.

Now repeat the question family law professor Martha Minow asks: “Is this the moment to stand back and ask not who should get married but how to get married?” Should we be more worried about thoughtless, instant, throwaway marriages than same-sex marriages?

As for the idea that same-sex marriage somehow disparages heterosexual marriage? We can put that to rest. Who needs gay couples when you have Britney and Jason?

Source: WorkingForChange.com