Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town. Yep, it’s Britney, bitches!
No stranger to controversy, Britney Spears has arrived in Australia to yet another groundswell of hoopla. This time it’s her lip-synching drawing attention, with suggestion tickets should carry disclaimers if concerts are pre-recorded.
But is this a generational thing?
Much like her life, the shows are touted as spectacles, production extravaganzas — and yet younger fans don’t seem to mind paying up to $1500 to be a part of her Circus. Marcel Marceau must be turning in his grave.
Cunning stunts with audio aren’t uncommon for stadium productions, and artists like Madonna, Cher and Kylie have all relied on the occasional tweak. I haven’t seen Britney, but Madonna and Kylie were corkers; and when considering the choreography and production demands, maybe it makes sense to lip-synch parts of live shows.
Ask any drag queen about the benefits of mime. But the whole show, Brits?
Artists like Pink have proved it is possible to have the pipes and stamina to sing live hanging from trapezes. But I’ve heard Britney’s raw vocal, and I think I’d prefer the lip-synched version, just quietly. Might also help if she mimed in time, right?
I guess if you’re a fan, you’re not expecting the blistering vocal gymnastics you’d get from Aretha Franklin or Christina Aguilera, and La Spears did once have it going on. But her recent gigs just look lacklustre and trite.
So what makes her such a source of fascination, kids?
As her lyrics often lampoon, her very existence is synonymous with controversy. Scandal and misfortune simply fuel her career. And she has her fair share of queer appeal too. I find it all a bit blah, but maybe I’m missing something.
Is it the flashes of gash? The drug scandals? Dropping the baby? The attraction to bad-boy tools? Or is she channelling our inner yokel?
Maybe we’re just hooked on public disgrace and drama; the cruel streak in us aching to see how far she falls when the next saga unfolds? Evil queens waiting for another fail. You should all be ashamed of yourselves! Poor girl.
Overdose on stage, anyone? Now that’d be a spectacle.

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