Many were surprised to see Britney Spears hanging with Paris Hilton in Vegas the other night. The pair, despite being tabloid favorites, are not BFFs and had very little in common prior to their "girls night out." On second thought, there is that "story" floating that Britney and Kevin may have documented their love for each other on video. Depending on how you look at it, if it actually exists, a sex tape could hurt or help Britney.
As we all know, Paris Hilton is a bit of an expert in charting the waters of amateur porn. While we have no way of knowing what the two girls chatted about while making the scene at Tryst, it may make sense for Brit to solicit advice from someone so experienced in having herself out there for the world to see. Paris became even more of a media sensation after the release of her sex tape. While Hilton-style coverage probably isn't the type Britney wants, Paris does have some insight as to how to send a "no big deal" message about this sort of thing.
Britney's "surprise" appearance on Letterman, and her subsequent adventures in ice skating and hitting the town just after her divorce announcement, show signs of a coordinated public relations effort designed to move Britney's image back into the stratospheric realm it was in pre-Kevin. For years, Britney was the virginal girl next door. As she blossomed into a woman, she sought to transform from teen queen to adult pop star. The infamous Madonna kiss is an example of Britney trying to show the world that she was no longer a little girl. There's another way of getting that same message out that would serve her well: leaking the rumored "love" tape herself would keep K-Fed from making as much as $100 million on it.
If it does exist, it's going to end up public, one way or another. This is the Internet era; it has to happen. Why not take control of the situation and get it out there and get past it? From what has been written, the tape is of two consenting adults who were about to be (or already were) married when it was filmed. Spears should be able to manage the damage control, assuming there's nothing absolutely over the top going on. Brit porn might make some people uncomfortable, but we know that Paris hasn't suffered any losses since her porn tape made people squirm.
The most rewarding benefit of Britney releasing the tape herself would be voiding Fed-Ex's ability to cash in and "legally blackmail" her. If Britney gives it away, there's no money for K-Fed or porn peddlers who'd buy it. That would be a bittersweet kiss-off. Sure, Federline would try to find a way to make a few bucks off this thing, but who wants to listen to anything this guy has to say anymore, if they ever did? He's headed for the reality TV has-been pile faster than you can say "PopoZao."
Do it Britney. If you have the tape, put it out there and own it. Ride out the frenzy and then get back to making music. The tape and the whole K-Fed era will become a blip before you know it. If Paris Hilton could make it work, so can you!