Britney has got enough on her plate already, and now she's gone and annoyed God. Or at least the Catholic League, who are upset by the pictures on the sleeve of Blackout. They're miffed that she appears to be taking something a lot of Americans have held dear for a long time, and is trying to twist it to her own ends.
"She shouldn't be doing this", said one. "Clumsy photos of half-naked women cavorting about churches with confused priests have a deep and spiritual meaning for Madonna fans. For Britney to try and take these images and use them to promote her own album is demeaning not just to Madonna, but to all who still believe in her."
Oh, hang about... they didn't. They said this:
Kiera McCaffrey, the League's director of communications, told MTV News on Tuesday (October 30, the album's release date) that the League considers the photos a "cheap publicity stunt that is a way to get people to talk about Britney Spears' album without talking about her music, which is what they should be focusing on. All we see is how troubled this girl is now, especially with her family, losing her kids, with her career on a downward slide. And now she's put out this album and this is her tactic to promote it? She should be focusing on singing and dancing and trying to be an entertainer without mocking a Catholic sacrament."
Frankly, if you could get Britney to focus at all, on anything, it'd be something of a minor miracle in itself.
Still, well done, Kiera - you spotted that the photosession was little more than a cheap way to get people talking about the album and generating a publicity buzz. Well done for not falling into Britney's trap by talking about it to the media... oh.