The story below, claiming that Britney Spears is interested in making cryopreservation arrangements with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, appeared in the British tabloid The Sun on 25 May, 2011. The Sun is one of Rupert Murdoch’s many (Fox News) sad efforts at journalism. And whilst it is a tabloid, it is enormous in its size and reach. This means that objective claims it makes about celebrities must be taken more seriously than, say, those of the National Enquirer, in the US. This is so because The Sun is published in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (where it is known as The Irish Sun) where libel and invasion of privacy laws are quite strict and the penalties for defamation, or even for just invading personal privacy, can be severe. With an average daily circulation of ~ 2,904,180, The Sun has a lot to lose if it too cavalierly publishes detailed lies – even if they are about a celebrity as notoriously volatile and controversial as the pop singing star Britney Spears. The Sun is by far the largest newspaper in the UK (having long ago eclipsed The Times and The Guardian ) with an estimated daily readership of ~ 7,700,000; and it is the 10th largest newspaper in the world.
This makes the Spears story worthy of notice here. – Mike Darwin
It’s a little Brit chilly
Published: 25 May 2010
BRITNEY SPEARS wants to be FROZEN after her death – so she can be brought back to life later.
The eccentric star wants her body preserved in LIQUID NITROGEN so future generations can enjoy her dance routines in red plastic catsuits.
Britney is so enamoured by the idea – “cryogenic” freezing – that she’s investing in a firm specialising in it.
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation is one of the oldest companies of its kind, founded in 1972. On its website, the Arizona-based firm gives its aim as: “Using ultra-cold temperature to preserve human life with the intent of restoring good health when technology becomes available to do so.”
A pal of the star said: “Brit gets these obsessions and this is the latest.
“It started when someone told her Walt Disney had been preserved by cryogenics to be revived in the future. That was a myth but it got her researching the foundation and she became convinced it was worth a shot.
“Brit found the whole thing so interesting she spent most of her Mother’s Day trip to Disneyland researching the subject on the internet while a nanny took the boys round the park.
“She looked into having her ashes turned into diamonds after she is gone but settled on the chance of getting to live in the future.”
But before she invests loads of cash, she has to convince her dad Jamie, who currently holds the purse strings.
The source went on: “Jamie is quite happy to let Brit have her little obsessions, especially when it means she’s holed up on the internet safely or watching the Discovery Channel.
“And if she wants to invest her money in cryogenics that’s fine, we’re only talking $350,000 tops. However, much more than that and he may change his mind.”
The company has been the subject of controversy in the past.
Last year ex-employee Larry Johnson alleged, in his book Frozen, that a former baseball star’s head stored on the premises had been walloped by staff practising their batting swing.
That would bring terrible new meaning to the song (Hit Me) Baby One More Time…