Britney: “Work Bitch” Is About Respecting The Gays, Y’all

BritneyPoor Britney Spears. Sometimes we wish she’d just stick to lip syncing and let her Svengalis do the talking for her.

Last month, the mummified pop icon — who has been making the rounds to promote her new single, “Work Bitch”— got into some hot tepid water when she told a San Francisco radio station, “A lot of my hairstylists and my beauty team that I work with are gay, so I hang out with gays a lot, and I just think they’re adorable and hilarious.”

Many people — some of us at Queerty included — found Spears’s appraisal of gays to be demeaning. But at the same time, it’s hard to get mad at her because, bless her heart, she’s been through so much. Even if her words betray some ignorance on her part, she doesn’t seem capable of any malice.

This week, Spears appeared on the British talk show Chatty Man, hosted by a homosexual named Alan Carr. Carr asked Spears about “Work Bitch,” which has become something of an anthem in gay clubs. She responded (somewhat coherently) that she thinks the song demonstrates respect for gays.

“I don’t call everyone…that word,” Spears said. “I just use it as, it’s like in respect to the gays as a term of endearment. It’s like a street slang for everyone, you know, like you get to work, that’s what you do when you get to work and it’s like, cool.”

Um, ok? Spears can’t even bring herself to say “bitch” during the interview. We’re not dealing with someone who’s operating on all cylinders. Look, Spears’s songs are fun to jump around to in sweaty bars with a bunch of other guys. But why not just let that be the extent of it and refocus the conversation on patronizing pop stars who actually can defend themselves?

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  • Cam

    Yeah, it’s always funny just how many books and songs are written with supposedly gay characters or lyrics that supposedly respect gays……and yet nobody ever knows about it until the author decides to say it later.

    Suuuure Brittany, of COURSE that is what the writers of this song were thinking when they wrote it. Too bad they left out any words that actually made that point. ;)

  • StopThePretension

    Is there some new policy at Queerty to attack everything about Britney Spears? I guess the fact that it has been a few years since she was carried away by an ambulance and put on a psychiatric hold has faded from these bloggers minds as they nitpick and spin stories from seemingly nothing. Why do you need your popstars to be utterly perfect or else you chip away at any tiny flaw? She’s not a genius wordsmith. She’s also not mentally stable enough to not live under a constant conservatorship or even hire her own lawyer to get her out! Don’t be so pretentious that you think you can’t like someone just because they are pretty, charming, sweet, and make millions off of great music. It’s just as shallow to hate someone for what you lack (or think they lack) as it is to like them for only those reasons. You are no better than Britney Spears.

  • BlogZilla

    Through corporate force, artist like Britney are pushed to focus more on performance and dancing, instead of singing

  • alphang

    Firstly, you guys didn’t even quote what she said in the chronological order she said it.

    Secondly, “It’s kind of in respects to the gays as a term of endearment”, which if you actually watched the interview she’s explaining to Alan Carr that the term “bitch” is used by gays as a term of endearment. She is NOT saying her song “Work Bitch” is about respecting the gays.

    Thirdly, if you’re going to end the article basically saying, “why don’t we focus on hating artists like Katy Perry instead?”, then why did you bother writing an article hating on Brit to begin with?

  • jimbryant

    Britney Spears is such a fake. Her attitude to gay men is insulting. She is stereotyping us with her comments.

    She has failed to embrace the gay male aesthetic in her videos. Instead, she has embraced the sleazy straight guy fantasy, dabbling in pseudo-lesbian acts to prop up the fantasies of straight guys. She is not on OUR side.

    Britney can [email protected] off and take her fake singing and patronizing attitudes with her.

  • Cam

    It’s always funny when crazy fans come in here pretending to make normal comments.

    You can always tell the psycho fangiiirrrlls because they know too much about the celeb and they’ve usually made less than 5 comments before.

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