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How Britney Spears broke the GLAAD Awards and helped Jim Parsons become an actor

Friday - 13/04/2018 13:53
Stars talk politics, urge activism and celebrate honoree Britney Spears at annual GLAAD Media Awards. (April 13) AP
When Jim Parsons accepted the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards, he thanked the activists who came before him and allowed him to work in Hollywood as an openly gay man. And he thanked Britney Spears. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty
When Jim Parsons accepted the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards, he thanked the activists who came before him and allowed him to work in Hollywood as an openly gay man. And he thanked Britney Spears. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty

Britney Spears' mere presence shut down the GLAAD Media Awards Thursday night. 

She didn't sing and she didn't even say much. But just a couple minutes of Spears accepting an award at the event that honors inclusion onscreen was enough to disrupt the entire event.

Spears, a longtime LGBTQ advocate and gay icon, was at the Beverly Hilton to accept the Vanguard Award more than halfway into the show. But even before Spears took the mic, attendees were anticipating her arrival.

Britney Spears accepted the Vanguard Award from Ricky Martin and J.J. Totah, and everyone freaked out. 
(Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for GLAAD)

"Every time Britney does a runway walk on Instagram, a little gay child gets his wings," said figure skater Adam Rippon at the start of awards. Queer Eye star Karamo Brown posed like Britney, arms straight and at his side, while he presented onstage. 

And then Ricky Martin finally introduced her to a decisive standing ovation.

"Wow! This is so incredibly amazing," she chirped.

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