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Britney Spears

Annette Funicello's Passing

'Is Great'

4/8/2013 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0408_britney_videoMaybe she hadn't heard the news, maybe she didn't understand the question, or maybe she's just a coldhearted person who hates awesome people ... but when we asked Britney Spears today about the passing of Annette Funicello, she took a moment, smiled, and said, "I think that's great!"

Funicello, the most famous original member of Mickey Mouse Club, passed away today at the age of 70 ... so asking Britney, the most famous modern member, about her death made complete sense. 

Britney's answer, however, made none.

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1:30 PM PT -- Britney just tweeted, "Misheard a question I was asked earlier by press while I was out and about. I am DEVASTATED to hear about the passing of Annette Funicello ... She was a role model for me during my days as a Mouseketeer."

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Blondie    

She's like a doll you can pose, her mouth is fixed in a plastic smile. That's great! Fuggin robot. Crazy.

477 days ago
32.

clarkins    

it is obvious she did not hear the question.. and you guys putting this up so STUPID people can make stupid comments (@ seamus, @ Twightstar, etc) is just the worst kind of TRASH journalism.. Not that you guys are any kind of journalist.. but please trying to capitalize on a stars death.. and trying to tear down someone else.. talk about no class

477 days ago
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Punchafishmakeawish    

*britney not brut nests

477 days ago
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CLINT    

God I hate when TMZ makes stuff up to get everyone up in arms about this woman. She didn't hear the question and gave a generic answer. What is she supposed to have a conversation with some idiot with a camera who she knows is going to bash her no matter what she says? You people who hate Britney are simply ignorant fools who live in her past and will always be less of a person than she is, no matter how bad she has acted in the past. I would rather hang out with her any day than to spend one minute with any of you hateful people.

477 days ago
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seamus     

Stop defending this woman. If she was not sure of the question she should not have answered or asked that the question be repeated. She is a grown woman-not a child. She needs to take responsibility for her stupidity-correcting herself on Twitter is not an excuse for her disregard for the Funicello family.

477 days ago
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Belizeanborn    

Everyone knows she is not playing with a full deck & her handlers should have told her not to answer any questions. The answer she gave to the question tells you that she has no idea who Annette was. Mental illness is nothing to laugh at especially when you are in show business.

477 days ago
37.

nonexample    

Move on, folks. Nothing to see here.

477 days ago
38.

Drew Hall    

Actually it is great news if you know anything about what Annette was going through. She was suffering beyond what anyone really knew. It was terrible and her passing is a blessing. She can rest in peace now. We all die, we don't all suffer the Hell she was going through at the end.

477 days ago
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Ester Goldberg    

this happens when your entire career is set by AUTOTUNE

477 days ago
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amazinglybored    

Meh, it happens to everyone, kind of a non-story.

477 days ago
41.

Blondie    

If you have ever paid real green money to see Britney live, this will make sense. She is a buffoon who marches around like a robot while her record plays in the background and charges enormous prices to see this train wreck. She really IS a dumb hillbilly.

477 days ago
42.

Jim in Cali    

TMZ trying to make news instead of reporting news.

477 days ago
43.

Politico Pablo    

She must've misunderstood what was said think'n she just passed 70. No one, including her, could be that callous.

477 days ago
44.

Sue    

Her handlers already tweeted for her. She cannot and should not talk to the public unless it's scripted.

477 days ago
45.

oshngrrl    

She obviously didn't hear the question! What a stupid story!

477 days ago
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