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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Britney Spears might be the greatest punk icon of our generation.

The following italicized article is from www.philadelphiaweekly.com:

Britney Spears might be the greatest punk icon of our generation. She’s buzzed her head, ditched rehab, attacked paparazzi and made that freeloading K-Fed look like the fitter parent. There are also those hit-and-run charges and the fact that the lady goes barefoot in public lavatories, which is way hardcore.

A couple weeks ago reporters asked Britney how she’s doing, and Brit—ever the eloquent orator—replied, “Eat it, lick it, snort it, fuck it!”

Compared to Britney’s worm-infested shell of a perverse existence, Amy Winehouse’s burlesque tats and blood-stained ballet slippers seem amateur.

Seriously, not since Sid Vicious have we witnessed such decadent self-destruction. It’s not that I’m glamorizing postpartum depression or schizo insanity or whatever malady may be ailing the former Mouseketeer. But my God, Britney is one crazy rebel punk bitch.

I’m not talking punk in the radical political sense. That kind of punk necessitates self-awareness, a consciousness and purposefulness in action. Britney’s reckless abandon has nothing to do with some anarchist statement (though I’d love to be proven wrong), but with her complete detachment from reality and her habitual routine of Red Bull, Cheetos and whatever she’s so proud to be licking, snorting and fucking.

We, as a culture, need this.

We need Britney’s redemption album Blackout to induce glitchy crunk nausea; we need her to sound like a orgiastic robot on all 12 tracks; we need her comeback performance of the album’s one decent song to go horribly wrong; we need Britney to ape M.I.A.’s chicken squawk “Birdflu” sample while lamely delivering the clunker, “I’m Mrs. Oh My God That Britney’s Shameless.”

We need nutzo wayward punks like Britney to judge and vilify. We need Britney so we can feel attractive and successful and well adjusted simply because we manage to keep our knees crossed, our noses clean and our failures off YouTube.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Britney Spears Hollywood Forum