Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ooops, she's done it again.

Surely not on purpose, to create a media brouhaha around the release of her new CD and the start of her tour to promote the CD. But Britney Spears is making headlines. Again.
The Parents Television Council is warning parents about the Britney Spears song "If U Seek Amy" and urging radio stations not to broadcast it because the nonprofit organization believes it "would violate the broadcast indecency law" if aired between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saying the title phrase quickly out loud produces a sound akin to spelling out the F-word, said PTC president Tim Winter. "There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song, and it's certainly not about a girl named Amy," he said of the track, the third single from Spears' new Jive album, "Circus."
And what is the PTC? It is directed by Brent Bozell:
Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made "media bias" a household term, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, which also releases an annual "Best of NQ" edition selected by a nationwide panel of judges active in the news industry. His most recent book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July of 2004. Other MRC books include And That's the Way It Is(n't): A Reference Guide to Media Bias; Pattern of Deception: The Media's Role in the Clinton Presidency; How to Identify, Expose and Correct Liberal Media Bias; and Out of Focus: Network Television and the American Economy.
Right. That's it in a nutshell. By the way, if you check the list of articles recommended, written by members of its advisory board, you'll note that most focus on the evuls of S-E-X. Violence? Not so much. Oh, it seems really cozy with another group that spends a lot of time shrieeekkking about stuff that offend religious fundamentalist rightwingnutz sensibilities - the homophobic, misogynist, no-choice and reactionary organization Focus on the Family.

Some progressives expressed discomfort with the number of times that the "G" word appeared in US president Obama's inaugural speech. Perhaps a strategic use of that word, in order to demonstrate that religious fundamentalist rightwingnutz don't own the monopoly on faith is a savvy thing to do.

As for the song .... sure hope it doesn't affect the future sales of
Jamie Lynn Spears' book about parenting, Christian-style-like.


Anonymous said...

I spent way too much time yesterday repeating ifyouseekamy out loud, and couldn't for the life of me spell anything sounding like fuck.
I have no idea what these people are on about, once again

fern hill said...

Maybe you don't have the right kind of drawl, er, accent, brebis noire. ;)

Anonymous said...

OK, so I hadda go listen to it, and now I geddit. A bit slow on the uptake, am I.
But geez, if they don't make such a big fuss about it, I wouldn't have gone and tortured my ears with that godawful song. Nothing like a metallic fake-baby voice to wreck my day.
Can't they just ignore it and hope it goes away, which it otherwise would have?

Frank Frink said...

It *is* a fairly lame 'joke'.

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