Watching Britney Spears as a Girl and a Woman

From a New York Times critic’s notebook by Amanda Hess headlined “Watching Britney Spears, as a Girl and a Woman”:

There is a moment in Britney Spears’s new memoir when she is summoned to an MTV studio and made to review footage of strangers complaining that she was “too sexy.” Spears, then 18, had just performed at the 2000 Video Music Awards, where she had torn off a sparkly black tuxedo to reveal spangled nude pants and a spangled nude bra, and various pedestrians roving Times Square had decided that she had crossed a line.