She said/She said
The lyrics are empowering ("Hold Your Head High, fingers to the sky") but it's so hard to get past those dog leashes. Two Daily Beast reporters debate Brit-Brit's latest hit.
Caroline Linton: This song is a feminist call to arms, no? Listen to the lyrics: “You want to live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You better work bitch.”
We’ve all watched the coming-of-age of Britney Spears, from the 17-year-old who danced into our hearts with “...Baby One More Time” to being on top of the world in 2002, when Forbes named her the most powerful celebrity. Her fall was inevitable, but spectacular all the same, from her disastrous marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline, to the mess that was "Chaotic" (for those who don’t remember, their reality TV show), the two children in two years, the tear-filled interview Dateline interview in 2006. Eventually came her divorce from Federline, shaving her hair, the public meltdown, losing custody of her children, and eventually even losing the right to make her decisions. She’s tried to come back before—remember her 2007 performance at the VMAs? When it looked like she lost her dancing skills and her hot body? And then “Till the World Ends” in 2011? Well, this is it, this is Britney Spears who has learned her lessons as a woman—if you want it, you gotta work, bitch.