With numerous scandalous publicity stunts to her name, pop singer Britney Spears has extensive experience in pushing the boundaries. So it should come as no surprise that she is once again aiming to shock and titillate the public with her latest album, Circus.
In addition to Spears’ typical fare of suggestive video and racy song lyrics, her latest album also poses an issue with its third single, “If U Seek Amy,” which will soon be released to radio stations. Although initially benign sounding, one need only say its title aloud in order to catch its thinly-veiled use of profanity.
The song’s verses contain frivolous lyrics in which Spears expresses her desire to meet a girl named Amy. However, she makes little effort to cover up the song’s subliminal message in the song’s chorus, singing, “All of the boys and all of the girls are beggin’ to If you seek Amy” (If-you-see-kA-mee).
In Spears’ selfish desire to be noticed, this attention-driven media hound completely disregards the negative influence she exerts on countless teens and children. One concerned mother bemoaned her children’s exposure to the song, saying, “I was astonished and totally taken aback when I heard my 5- and 7-year-old kids walking around the house singing [the song in question]. When I asked them what it was, they told me it was Britney Spears. I was horrified.”
Spears is playing a game of semantics, clearly attempting to degrade moral standards by blatantly shoving inappropriate profanity into a morally gray zone. She seems to be daring radio stations to test the standards of decency by asking them to play a clearly unacceptable song simply because it doesn’t “technically” fall under the laws of censorship.
Take Action: Contact your local radio station and ask the general manager not to give the song air time. Every opinion counts as radio stations across the country decide whether or not they should allow the song on the air. Do your part to protect the standards of decency, and more importantly, the hearts and minds of our young people.