A lot of people had some very strong opinions about the Dish Rag’s news that broke yesterday about unmarried (but engaged) 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears‘ giving birth to a baby daughter, whom she has named Maddie Briann.
There seem to be three camps in the Spears baby brouhaha. Well, maybe four. And here’s a sampling of your (unedited, except for naughty words) comments. (To read all comments, click here)
The smallest camp is the one typified by Gothic Girl’s comment: "Jamie I think you having a baby is so stupid I mean come on don’t you have a brain."
Or Megz’s: "Jamie needs to go on Baby Borrowers! She is going to be a wash-up before she is 20. Just sad."
And a viewer with the moniker Billy Ray Cyrus: "OmG tHiiiiS iz WHACK. i kan’t beeleave such a youngin would pop one out so earlii in lif3! bLeSs HeR hEaRt!!!!"
Then there are those who think having a baby is a wonderful blessing, everyone’s human and makes mistakes, it’s what you do afterward that counts, etc. Many send congratulations, good will, best wishes, to the new parents and fie on those who diss poor Jamie Lynn and her hunky fiance, Casey Aldridge.
From Frances: "congratulations! leave the girl alone, what’s done is done, a baby is another new life, another chance."
From Fiona: "Well done Jamie Lynn!!! Although this was very much unplanned & you prob didn’t expect to be in this situation for many years to come I admire how a young lady of your age has taken responsibility and acted with so much maturity. Don’t listen to all the haters- we all know this was a shock but you have handled everything with such grace- so keep up the good work and I’m sure you’ll be a rockin’ mum!!!"
From Tnt: "Omg..y’all need to lay off..im sure she didnt plan to have a kid now but at least she’s handling it wit sum dignity an poise and jus bcus she had a baby at 17 dont mean shes a hoe..let he who is without sin cast the first stone..leave the girl alone…teen pregnancy isnt gr8 but at least she didnt throw it away like so many othr teens would..i wish her and her baby all the best…"
From Megan: "I think Jamie Lynn and Casey are smart to have the baby. its better than abortion. there are people out there much younger than her having babies so people need to stop being so damn negative.. Congrats on the arrival of Maddie Briann."
From Katie: "Some of you people are so immature for some of ur rude comments. Yes 17 is young for having a baby, but that doesnt mean she is a bad person, or her mom is a bad mom. Yes, girls having babies at a young age can be a problem. IF you dont deal with it the rite way. If you are irresponsible, and dont support your baby, and dont love it, that would be a problem. Lay off all u people who are saying horrible things about Jamie Lynn. All that is important is what she feels about this, and what she has done about it. She dealt with this really good, and she has a supporting family luckily. Everyone makes mistakes, but she dealt with this great i think! Abortion would be the bad thing. Im happy for her and Casey, and i wish them luck!"
And Kristin from Georgia: "hey congrats on the little bundle of joy and on gettting your GED you r an inspiration to alot of young mothers for taking respondsibility for your actions and making sure you and your little girl are goinh to be taken care of but that is pretty much it. Congradulations and best wishes Jamie."
This from DP in Wisconsin: "Congratulations Jamie and Casey. Ignore all the hooplah, negative rantings, and bad publicity. What is important now is Maddie. You have loved and carried her for months and shown the world you are ready. Just remember every da is a joy and a challenge, accept each as a gift and learn as we are always learning as parents! A warm hug from a mom now 39 that had a Down Syndrome daughter at age 17, then gave her healthy sister and brother. I’ve watched the first two graduate from high school already…..Jamie and Casey you will enjoy SO MAN wonderful memories!!"
And Kelly: "All of you need to stop criticizing her. Didn’t your mothers teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all? Obviously not. You all need to grow up! At least it wasn’t a one night stand, they were actually together and they are engaged and getting married! They’re taking responsibility for their actions! Get over it. Congratulations to both Jamie and Casey!"
Some folks spoke from personal experience and/or knowledge.
Stephanie wrote: "I think she’s awesome having her baby. I am 19 years old and 8 months pregnant. People make bad decisions, at least there are some who accept the consequences and take responsibility for their actions. God can bless any situation.. HE’S GOD.. He can do anything="
Here’s what Katie had to say: I just wanted to say to the people who are critizicing her. I’m 20 years old, I had a daughter right before I turned 18, i’ve graduated high school and am going to college. Babies don’t make you ruin your life, if anything they make you better it where you can.
Meghan wrote this comment, arousing a lot of ire from other posters: Jamie I think you are STUPID 4 HAVEING A BABY AT AGE 17!! AND MADDIE IS A GIRLS NAME AND I HAVE SEEN YOUR BABY AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BOYYYY!!!!EVEN THOUGH IT IS A GIRL!!!
Yikes. The reponses were fast and furious. Here are a few:
From Brittany: Meghan: All babies look funny when they come out. I would bet anything that you looked like a boy too. And please enlighten me as to why you have to criticize a helpless baby…Must be because you are a coward.
And Ro: Wow Meghan you must be a loser !!! why is she stupid for having a baby ?your parents must be stupid too for having you too!!! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing …CONGRATS TO JAMIE AND HER NEW BUNDLE OF JOY!!!
And from Ashley, who claims she’s related to Casey: I THINK DAT ALL YALL NEED TO SHUT UP BECAUSE JUST BECAUSE SHE HAD A BABY DOESNT MEAN DAT HER CAREER IS GOING DOWN DA DRAIN!! AND FO DAT HOE MEGHAN SHUT UP AND U HAVENT SEEN A PIC CAUSE DEY HAVENT TOOK NONE YET DUMB TRICK!!!U JUST MAD CAUSE U AND YO MAMA TURNED OUT TO LOOK LIKE MEN WEN YALL WAS BORN AND U KNOW WAT MADDIE IS A GIRL NAME B—H.JAMIE LYNN SPEARS IS MY BROTHERS’ BABY MAMA(CASEY)IF U DONT HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY DONT SAY IT AT ALL B—-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(CONGRATS BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone want to add their two cents worth of views, issues, comments? Post away for round two of the Jamie Lynn Spears’ Maybe Baby Smackdown!
Photos: Top, Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge. Middle, Jamie Lynn. Bottom, Jamie Lynn, big sis Britney and mom Lynne.
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