First off, big props to the BBC Radio 1 Chart Blog, which really does some terrific posts on the UK singles scene. I love reading their posts because, even though they’re part of a huge company, they seem like just another fellow blogger, not hindered by any agenda. That’s what this is all about, in my opinion.
Anyway, there’s a great post over there this week about Britney’s new single “If You Seek Amy”. For my money, I think this is all hype, and that the single will eventually get yanked in favor of something else. You know what they say about publicity…if it’s Britney, it’s gotta be a stunt! Musically, the song is pretty good, but the controversy surrounding the song is really a joke. I mean, if you speak English properly, and you enunciate, most people won’t hear the “hidden meaning”.
However, the more pressing matter is the continued puritanism of a large section of America. Seriously, we can get all up in arms about something that sounds like the “F” word, but what does that really mean in the grand scheme of life? I mean, a majority of my blogging compatriots talk like salty pirates every day, but I think most people do that in certain circumstances where they feel comfortable. Even my mom drops a curse every now and then, and she’s a saint.
All I’m saying is that if we feed into the hype, it just gets bigger and beyond us. Sometimes the most powerful thing we can do is ignore the negativity, and put our own positive energy out there. While I’m happy that Britney seems to be doing so well, does she really need a controversy like this, given how much attention her life gets already? As the sage Rick Astley once said, “why dont I hear her cry for help? ” In this case, you can’t help but notice.