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A Circus Of A Different Sort

Like many Gen Y-ers, I remember clearly the pop craze of the mid- to late 90’s and early 2000 era. And you had to be under a rock to not be exposed to the music of one Britney Spears. “… Baby One More Time”, “Oops! I Did It Again”, and “Stronger” were like the tween girl theme songs back in the day. I remember a teacher of mine at the time saying she had a good message for young girls.

I also remember watching the video for “Oops! I Did It Again”  the first time and thinking “…so that’s what they mean by Catholic schoolgirl.” Oh puberty, you really did do a screw-job with my logic.

But I digress.

Now this is a woman who for most of my late teenage/early adult life has pretty much personified the phrase “fallen starlet”. From the young girl on The Mickey Mouse Club (holy nostalgia, Batman) to the pop queen to a woman who loses her kids in a horrendous divorce and highly covered custody battle, loses her aunt to ovarian cancer, attacks a paparazzi vehicle with an umbrella, and most memorably checks herself into a drug rehab center, leaves after 24 hours and shaves her head bald, then checks herself into another one.

I am happy to hear that she is now back on the music scene and now trying to move on from the drama of the last 3 years, getting her act together.

According to Billboard, her new album titled “Circus” is the #7 in sales, only having been moved from its #6 spot by the release of the Notorious soundtrack. Logically this would mean that it is just a wee bit popular.

So while I was browsing the Internets during my break at work yesterday, I stumble across this article about The Parents Television Council ( a non-profit organization with a mission “to promote and restore responsibility to the entertainment industry”) expressing outrage that one of her songs “If U Seek Amy” is playing at peak times when children may stumble across it as if you really listen you realize what she is saying when she sings the title.

Almost predictably, Top 40 stations have continued to play the song heavily against the PTC’s protests.

I have about two basic responses to the whole situation.

  1. Stations will play what earns them ratings. Point blank. They may edit the songs slightly but they are not all that known for bowing to pressure to stop playing one of their top songs. It’s good business people.
  2. To parents who agree with the PTC, if you hear the song while your child(ren) is around then simply change the station or turn the radio off all together.

In conclusion, with all the horrible things in the world right now, this is what the PTC gets their knickers in a wad over? Seriously folks? Seriously?!

There are these little things called priorities, try and find them please.

  1. January 23, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    That’s the beauty of a radio, IT TURNS OFF.
    Don’t like it, don’t listen to it. End of story.

  2. January 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Interesting post. Last night I heard “Circus” playing and I thought to myself I should finally get the Britney Spears album, or at least that single. I haven’t heard the new single so I’ll have to give it a listen, because I don’t get it, yet.

  3. January 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I’m Gen X and there was a group of parents with their panties in a wad over Madonna’s Like a Virgin when I was pubertizing. (Ha! New word!)

    When my Mom was that age they were all worked up over those evil bra-burning hippies like Joan Baez.

    Before that it was the EVILZ of rock n’ roll.

    I figure there is always going to be some group of adults bent out of shape over what the kids are listening to. It is easier for them to get upset over their kid’s music than to look at the myriad of ways their own generation is screwing the world by bombing the shit out of people, neglecting to provide educational opportunities for all kids and ruining the planet.

    Well said Odd.

  4. January 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Yes, well said. It all comes down to parents taking responsibility, don’t you agree?

    As “XT” put it, we can complain out of our tushes about this — when really, we as adults have the power to turn OFF the radio.

  5. January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    I like “If You Seek Amy.” Granted I’m a 24 year old female who loves Britney and will be seeing her in concert March 27th. But that’s beside the point. I agree. Change the station. It’s not a big deal people.

  6. January 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    It’s great PR for the PTC as they can now say “at least we are trying to DO something about this filth!” but all they are really doing is attempting to censorship LIFE… I say “Get your own and quit trying to run mine!!”

  7. January 27, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    oh puh-lease. there are *so* many more things to worry about in the world than stupid song lyrics.


    it’s just ridiculous.

  8. January 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    I’m not an advocate of censorship. At all. But I am a single mom of a 9-year-old girl. A child who, thankfully, doesn’t listen to Britney Spears. And she doesn’t because I am careful about what she sees and hears… to the degree that I can be. She is not with me 24/7… and other parents aren’t as careful as I am, so though I’m NOT over-protective, I do spend a lot of time explaining the world to her. That’s my job. I just wish I didn’t have to explain some of the things I do.

    And I will say that I really wish the people who write/sing/perform, etc, would take their audiences into consideration. I don’t listen to Britney Spears and have never been a fan, but the last time I checked, her primary audience was comprised of kids around my daughter’s age, not people in their mid to late-20’s. I could be wrong about that now, certainly, as I don’t follow her. But a song, titled (in effect) F-U-C-K-Me is not appropriate listening material for 7-14 year olds. Is it?

    Kids, even little kids, are bombarded by sex and violence in our media… it’s constant… perpetual. It’s not good for them. And good parenting can only help so much. ‘Just turning it off’ is a simple solution. And it CAN be effective… but it doesn’t always work.

    Again, I’m not an advocate of censorship… but I am an advocate of responsibility. I do think those lyrics, when you take her audience’s age into consideration, are irresponsible. I have to wonder if she’ll be happy when her sons, when they’re 6 or 7, bop around the house singing some of her songs.

    My 2 cents… for what they’re worth.

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