Since Britney‘s fantastic Billboard Music Award performance where she won the millennial award, something that only two other artists have won, people have been hating on her hard. (In reality people have been rooting for her to fail much longer than that, which I will get into further in the article). I don’t know if you guys knew this but Britney has always been a performer. She is all about the show and she rarely sings live, people are acting like this is some kind of new information. She can still sing when she has to, like during her Vegas show she sings ‘Lucky’ live because she isn’t dancing her ass off to entertain you people! You haters that don’t appreciate that Britney is an absolute icon in her own right and she has worked her ass off to get where she is.
It isn’t just about that though, thinking about Britney we should think of a bigger picture. She is the American dream and she has been since she was 17 years old. After losing on ‘Star Search’ she was able to become a member of The Mickey Mouse club, but we all know the story. She then became the hottest pop star out there at 16. At 16 years old Britney was every man’s fantasy, a virginal school girl who still acted in a sexual manner even though we were all reminded that she was still virginal. She was one of the first to become a sex symbol at 16, so let’s remember this. From the day most of us were getting out license she was being pushed out onto every stage in malls across America wearing tube tops that showed off her midriff, just enough skin to be sexual but not too much skin because she was still underage.
Let’s fast forward a few years to when ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’ came out. It was here that Britney was officially legal and her management made sure the whole world knew it. It was also when the media started to turn on Britney. Rumors came out about how Britney cheated on her longtime boyfriend Justin Timberlake and he went around promoting it, wearing it as a badge of honor to promote his first solo album while Britney was labeled a ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ by media outlets everywhere.
If you think I am being dramatic please look at how the media handled it. It was all about poor Justin, everyone immediately believed that he had no wrong doing in their breakup.
Now if you really don’t believe me, watching the interview between Britney and Diane Sawyer. She starts to ask Britney about it and when Britney starts to cry, rather than backing up she continues to twist the knife. She continues to ask Britney how she feels. Listen Diane, she is crying I am pretty sure she doesn’t really feel that fucking good. Back up off of her!
How did her camp want to respond to these allegations? Make Britney even sexier. At the MTV Music Awards she came out and made out with Madonna in front of Justin Timberlake. If the world wants to label her whatever, then she was going to be there. Not only did she break the heart of everybody’s favorite boy band member, she was now making out with girls too.
Of course, Britney 2007. Everybody know the downward spiral that the media focused on heavily and made tons of profit off of it. Britney was a new mom to two little boy, she just went through a public divorce, she was clearly going through a lot. Her management was still forcing her to do appearances when in reality, she probably needed a break. Hell she deserved a break. That was no option for her though, money is the motivation and usually it is the motivation for the team rather than the artist.
See when people compare Justin Bieber to Britney Spears, I roll my eyes a bit. Britney had to work to get where she was, and is to this day. Justin Bieber was handed a record contract through YouTube. Britney wasn’t allowed to take any time off whereas Justin took time off and did what he wanted. Whether it was getting arrested in Miami or being at a brothel in Brazil, he did what he wanted. The media also wasn’t do kind to take Britney back after her rough period, Justin went on an apology tour on ‘Ellen’ and he was America’s favorite again. Britney didn’t have any of that luxury. Is it because she is a woman? Who knows, I will just sip my tea and let that sit with you for a moment.
So let’s jump to 2016, Britney has had her own show in Vegas for nearly three years, it always has great attendance, great reviews, and she has her life back. Yes, she is still under the conservatorship where her father has control over her career and money, but she is doing great. I skipped over her going on tour with Nicki Minaj and also being a judge on X-Factor, also having a small appearance on ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
None of that matters though because deep down people are still rooting for Britney to lose. People can’t accept the fact that she has been able to overcome obstacles in her life, in front of the public eye, and she has come out on top.
So most people were ready to watch Britney fail during this performance rather than actually do well.
Most comments talked about how she was lip-syncing the entire performance. Again, she has done this for over 10 years, why we you even surprised? They also said that she looked stiff in her performance. Let me start off by saying that Britney has had two knee surgeries so obviously that will impair anybody’s dancing, even if they are a superior being.
Judging by these gifs though, I don’t know where she looked stiff and unenthusiastic..
So next time you want to talk about how shitty Britney is a performer just remember that’s fine because the world has been against her for a long time now. No wonder why she is always a bit stiff at the start of performances, she is nervous because she knows she will be ripped to shreds.
Appreciate Britney for what she is. An entertainer, a mother, a songwriter, a dancer, a singer, a multi platinum artist, a Grammy winner, and an actress. I could keep going but I think you get my point.
This woman has overcome so many struggles and even though she is famous it doesn’t mean she gets less credit for everything that she has done. She is a woman who has been dragged by the media, by ex-boyfriends, and she still goes on stage with a smile on her face.
God save the princess of pop.