09/15/2004 at 08:20 AM EDT
Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, has come out swinging on her daughter's Web site, posting an end-of-summer message in which she addresses "some of the media's negative onslaught of press that has been everywhere lately."
Particularly raising the ire of the elder Spears are published photos that, in her eyes, "are trying to depict Britney as, in their words, 'trashy.'"
For example, Lynne cites "the one where she stepped on her floor-length skirt and of course, it pulled down too low in the front. I saw her in this outfit that day and she looked absolutely adorable."
She also defends a recent shot that revealed her daughter walking barefoot while shopping at a convenience store, Lynne writes: "The doctor's orders are for her to wear Uggs or tennis shoes, and it's just too hot for that. Sometimes it just feels good to go barefoot in this heat and give her feet a rest."
In concluding a rant against what she calls "paparazzi vultures," Lynne (before wishing Britney's followers well as they head back to school) says: "I don't really care how the media depicts Britney because I know the truth, but I do care about how you, the fans, see her. Britney always lets all of this roll off her back and not care about what they say – but I, as her mother, feel the need to set the record straight."